Linux Systems Administrator/System Developer in UK Research and Innovation at Warrington, England, United Kingdom

Website UK Research and Innovation

This listing is about UK Research and Innovation in Warrington, England, United Kingdom
in 2022

About the job


Job Title: Linux Systems Administrator/Systems Developer

Location: Daresbury Laboratory- Warrington

Contract: Open Ended

Salary: £39,748 – £44,166

Reports To: Systems Architect

Hours: Full-time (We understand the importance of work-life balance, and are happy to discuss the possibility of flexible working with applicants)

Please note the successful candidate will be expected to undergo National Security Vetting to SC level before being confirmed in this role. One of the requirements for this is that you have been living in the UK for at least five years.

About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest science research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology.

STFC is one of nine partner organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

About The Hartree Centre

At the Hartree Centre, we utilise the UK’s premier supercomputing environment, researchers and software developers, to provide an outcome based collaborative R&D service to help UK Industry and Academia develop better products, services, processes and software.

We want to see UK businesses outperforming their global competitors. We want to grow the economy, create skilled jobs and train people to excel in them. Most of all, we want to keep the UK at the forefront of industrial innovation. We’re making all this happen and more by enabling UK industry to fully embrace and integrate the latest digital and cognitive technologies.

We provide collaborative research, innovation and development services that accelerate the application of high performance computing (HPC), big data analytics and cognitive computing technologies. By working with us, businesses and research partners can gain a competitive advantage that enables them to produce better outcomes, products and services, more quickly and cheaply than through conventional R&D.

We have a technically exciting computing environment, encompassing a wide range of hardware and software. Our staff are instrumental to our success and new starters will be members of a valued, multi-disciplinary team.

Reasons Our Staff Enjoy Working For Us

  • 30 days’ annual leave plus 10.5 public and privilege days
  • Flexible working hours scheme
  • Defined benefit pension scheme (employer contribution – currently up to 26%)
  • There are a number of active sport and social groups across campus with access to an on-site gym for staff
  • Personal development is key. You will work with your line manager to develop your own Learning and Development plan each year
  • We value collaborative working across STFC and with our external collaborators such as IBM Research, The University of Liverpool’s Virtual Engineering Centre, Atos, NVIDIA, Unilever and many more
  • Our offices are a mixture of open-plan and smaller, shared spaces
  • A variety of catering services are available on the local campus
  • We’re based at Sci-Tech Daresbury – a lively and dynamic campus bringing together Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and leading industry-academic collaborations located in a picturesque semi-rural location with easy access to canal-side and woodland walking
  • We are less than two miles from the M56 motorway with public transport links and access to Warrington and Runcorn national rail stations. Advice on all aspects of travel to site including car sharing is available at: https://www.sci-techdaresbury.com/the-campus/travel-hub/
  • Diversity and inclusion are important to us. We have a corporate policy on Equality and Diversity which is supported by a Diversity Forum and implementation group.

For more information on the rest of our employee benefits, take a look at: http://www.stfccareers.co.uk/why-joinewards-and-benefits/

About The Role

The continuing success of the Hartree Centre means we are looking for talented people with experience of Linux system administration and system development.

  • You will lead delivery on work packages for exciting projects, ranging from R&D and proof of technology to the development of robust commercial solutions
  • You will work on projects as a member of the wider Hartree team. These could be grant funded research projects or industrial projects working with scientists and technologists from other domains
  • You will be supporting UK industry and academia in realising the benefits of several technologies: Cyber Security, Machine Learning at Scale, High Performance Computing and High Performance Data Analytics. These activities are undertaken in partnership with industry, vendors and research partners in order to demonstrate the benefit of implementing new technology solutions to industrial and academic problems through collaboration and co-design
  • You will be responsible for supporting the translation of designs into reality, creating functional systems to support the activities of the Centre, creating a bridge between development and operations by applying a software engineering mindset to traditional administration topics. These systems will range from traditional HPC, through HTC, to platforms supporting cloud-native architectures
  • As this role will be working on projects and international collaborations it is likely to involve the opportunity for travel both to Europe and the USA
  • You will be appointed at Band E of STFC’s staffing hierarchy, depending on the strength of your skills, experience and qualifications.

About You

  • You will be an experienced Linux systems administrator, systems developer or site reliability engineer, with experience in systems design and implementation
  • You will also demonstrate experience in scripting, in Bash/Perl/Python or equivalent.
  • You will have experience of communicating with both internal and external stakeholders on a project, while experience of coordinating work packages as part of a larger project will be beneficial
  • Experience of defining external projects from conception through to implementation planning would be highly advantageous
  • You will be excited by the opportunity to develop novel technology solutions to real world problems, working with industry and technology partners from a range of sectors and disciplines to deliver successful solutions
  • You will demonstrate the ability to identify and implement solutions to bridge gaps between existing software capabilities.

Person Specification

We would very much like to hear from you if you are interested in a career in this area. If you don’t meet all the criteria for this role, please apply, stating in your covering letter where you feel your current strengths lie, and where you feel that you would benefit from further training. Skills and personal development opportunities will be made available, tailored to your specific needs and the needs of the Hartree Centre.

The following criteria will be assessed at Shortlisting (S), Interview (I) or both (S&I)

Essential

  • Demonstrable Linux experience (S&I)
  • Scripting experience e.g. bash, Perl (S&I)
  • Ability to identify, adapt and integrate ideas, methods and solutions from other environments (S&I)
  • Ability to work in a multi-functional team (I)
  • Commitment to continuous improvement (I)
  • Ability to produce clear and concise written documentation (S)
  • Experience in deploying Linux based clusters. (S&I)

Desirable

You will also be able to demonstrate at least 3 of these:

  • Experience of working in as part of a large project (S&I)
  • Experience in at least one systems specialism, e.g. Storage, Networking, Accelerators (S&I)
  • Understanding of system-level authentication schemes, e.g. NIS, PAM, Kerberos5 (S&I)
  • Understanding of multiple cluster deployment techniques and methodologies (S&I)
  • Excellent verbal communications skills including the ability to explain technical concepts effectively (I)
  • Writing policies for team members, colleagues (S&I)
  • Demonstrable experience of taking a project from concept through to implementation. (S&I)

About The Science And Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

The STFC is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake ground-breaking projects in an outstanding diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving progressive advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale.

For more information about STFC please visit https://stfc.ukri.org/

You can also visit our careers site https://www.stfccareers.co.uk/

About UK Research Innovation (UKRI)

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation.

More information can be found at www.ukri.org.

How We Support EDI In The Workforce

At UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community. For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’.

Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

How To Apply

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application.

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us.

Company: UK Research and Innovation

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Job Location: Warrington, England, United Kingdom

Application Deadline: N/A

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