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DevOps Engineer

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Warrington, Cheshire, England / England, Didcot, Oxfordshire
£39748.0 - £44166.0 per annum
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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DevOps Engineer
Salary: £39,748 to £44,166 per annum (dependent on skills and experience). A Specialist Allowance of up to £4000 per annum is also available for this role.
Hours: Full time or Part time (minimum 30 hours per week)
Contract Type: Open Ended.
Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire OR Science and Technology Facilities Council, Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington

Closing date for applications 20th March 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 Science and Technology Facilities Council's Scientific Computing Department is uniquely placed in the UK providing advanced computing for advanced science. STFC is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and SCD provides leading edge compute and data storage infrastructure to support the work of world class science both within STFC, the UK and internationally; contributing to the solution of grand research challenges.

We have an excellent opportunity for a DevOps Engineer to come and work in the DAFNI (Data and Analytics for National Infrastructure) team delivering operational and developer support. In this post you will take a leading role in determining the future technical direction of the platform. We are a small, friendly, and ambitious team of developers supporting the extensive capability that DAFNI provides. You will work closely within the team and use your expertise to bring efficient, cutting-edge solutions to the operational challenges that the platform faces.

The DAFNI platform is built for the UK academic community and is a tool which allows researchers to upload, share and run their analytical models together in collaborative workflows. DAFNI is a domain-agnostic tool, which makes use of Docker, Kubernetes and other cloud-native technologies to support the broadest possible range of scientific users.

Essential skills

  • Working knowledge of managing Linux operating systems in production
  • Experience working with Kubernetes or a similar container orchestration platform
  • Working knowledge configuration management using for example Puppet/Chef/Ansible
  • Use of container management tool such as Docker.
  • Ability to work independently and be self-directed to make informed decisions on the platform.
  • Ability to work closely with team members and senior leadership.

Employee Benefits:

  • 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.

We are committed to sustaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. We are invested in creating an environment that is welcoming and supportive of all, to help us achieve the highest possible standards in our work and organisation together. 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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