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Senior System Administrator

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Didcot, England, Oxfordshire
£39748.0 - £44166.0 per annum
Closing date
10 Jan 2023

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Senior Systems Administrator
Salary: £39748 to £44166 per annum (dependent on skills and experience). A Specialist Allowance of up to £3000 per annum is also available for this role.
Benefits: 30 days holiday + 8 bank holidays + 2.5 privilege days + exceptional defined average salary pension + excellent work life balance
Hours: Full time or Part time (minimum 27 hours per week)
Contract Type: Open Ended.
Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire
Closing date for applications: Tuesday 10th January 2023

Come and do the kind of computing that got you into technology in the first place. Work with cutting-edge tech and world-leading scientists and engineers. And harness the power of some of the country's most advances supercomputers to tackle work that improves daily life in the UK and far beyond.

Put simply, come and discover the impact you can make when you're equipped, encouraged and inspired to perform to your very best.

The Scientific Computing Department (SCD) provides large-scale computing facilities, computing data services and infrastructure. Made up of numerical analysis and scientific computing and computation groups, the expertise and intelligence SCD provides, underpins almost every key calculation across the organisation and beyond.

Currently SCD's Systems Division is looking to recruit a Senior Systems Administrator with experience in system management using Unix or Linux systems

The extensive infrastructure we support includes both High Throughput Computing (HTC) and High Performance Computing (HPC), extensive cloud and virtualization services, large capacity data storage resources and a range of general purpose scientific computing services.

You will be responsible for:

  • leading a small team
  • planning, coordinating and operating the scientific computing resources managed by the team
  • taking ownership of specific sections of the infrastructure ensuring they run smoothly, meet their operational commitments and deliver project work to agreed timelines
  • investigating, recommending and deploying new technologies, services and applications as required to enhance the service levels provided
  • acting as a technical expert during interaction with the science communities to help understand, define and develop future requirement.
Essential skills required:

  • occasional datacentre work including the physical installation of equipment, configuration/maintenance of network/storage hardware and procurement
  • supporting software developers in their development activities on our infrastructure
  • ability to work independently and manage projects including leading small teams delivering commitments on time
  • significant experience in System Administration procedures and practice
  • expertise in Unix or Linux Operating Systems
  • ability to diagnose system faults and analyse problems
We are offering a permanent position with a whole host of benefits including:

  • 30 days holiday (in addition to 10.5 bank holidays and privilege days).
  • flexible working hours.
  • an excellent defined average salary pension scheme.
  • employee shopping/travel discounts.
  • excellent learning and development opportunities.
  • visa Sponsorship for candidates applying outside of the UK.
We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We are invested in creating an environment that is welcoming and supportive of all. In this regard, we encourage applications from under-represented groups.

We ask some of the biggest questions in the universe, to answer some of the biggest challenges in the world. Together, our scientists, technologists, engineers and business-support team explore the unknown across every field you could think of. And they turn what they find into work that changes the world around us.

What could you achieve with the world-leading facilities and experts of one of Europe's largest research organisations by your side? Join us and discover what's possible.


The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest 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 engineering. STFC is one of nine 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.

At STFC, our engineers provide the technology that allows our world-leading science to make a real difference in areas that really matter: from cancer treatment to airport security, high-tech jobs to hydrogen powered cars, energy generation to accident scene emergency care, our impact is felt in many aspects of daily life. We provide and exploit space and astronomy technology, a world-leading neutron scattering facility, ultra-fast supercomputers, amazing scientific instruments and some of the most powerful lasers in the world. We work with industry and academia throughout the UK, Europe and the world.

STFC can offer you an excellent working environment. Our laboratories are based in beautiful rural locations in Cheshire, Oxfordshire and in Edinburgh, with great amenities and quality of life for you and your family. We are at the centre of burgeoning high-tech campuses buzzing with economic investment and even more promise for the future. Our people enjoy attractive benefits and plenty of opportunity for development. Whether you are beginning or furthering your career, we can offer you excellent opportunities to test out and broaden your skills and experience and to gain real technical and managerial expertise working in dynamic team and project environments.

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