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Linux System Administration/DevOps

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire
£42,840 - £47,124 gross per annum (dependent on skills and experience)
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Job Title: Linux System Administration/DevOps 

Salary: Band D S1 £42,840 - £47,124 gross per annum (dependent on skills and experience)

Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire

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

Contract type: Permanent 

This role requires SC Clearance- Please see the end of the role profile to see eligibility criteria


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.

About Us:

The Digital Infrastructure Department delivers first-class IT support and services that underpin the STFC scientific programme of activities and partner organisations. We provide HPC Data Centre facilities, a comprehensive network and communications environment to support the science undertaken by STFC alongside other areas such as Service Desk, Applications, Infrastructure and Cyber Security. We support STFC’s projects in big data analytics, machine learning, AI and large computational modelling.

About the Role:

This Linux system administration/DevOps role is to support the day-to-day management of the monitoring software suite and provide expertise to support the Data Centre infrastructure – HVAC (Heating, ventilation and Cooling) and Electrical by monitoring, collecting data and creating dashboards.

Working closely with the Data Centre Operations management team; Heads of Hartree and Scientific Computing Departments on the strategic development of HPC Data Centres in accordance with STFC goals and priorities.

Key Responsibilities: 

•  Work with the HPC Data Centre Operations team to develop the software strategy for the Data Centres and Facilities.

•  Perform proactive monitoring to ensure the health, performance and security of our production and non-production environments on-premises Data Centres.

•  Support infrastructure related to problem management, incident management, and software security management.

•  Provide operational and administrative support of Windows/Linux operating systems to manage servers and associated applications, notably Nagios, Trend 963 and DCIM. Write scripts for collating data from SNMP MIBS; Databases and SIPS devices. 

•  Assist with the Operations documentation, Disaster Recovery procedures across all computer room facilities

•  Linux Opensource software proficient. A few examples of technologies we work with on a daily basis: Nagios; Gitlab; Modbus/Sip/Babel buster, Cacti, Elasticsearch, Weather Map; Grafana, opensource applications, Linux, Python, Docker, Raspberry Pi and more.

Person Specification

(Please note the below criteria will be assessed at Shortlisting or Interview stage as indicated)

•  System administration knowledge of Linux operating systems (Centos/RHEL) environment and associated applications, notably Nagios, Trend 963 and DCIM . (S/I) 

•  Good working knowledge of Shell Scripting or other Scripting languages such as PHP; Bash; Perl and PowerShell, to write scripts for collating data from SNMP MIBS files; Databases; SIPS devices and Modbus. (S/I) 

•  Good knowledge in exploiting automation to reduce maintenance overheads as part of continuous delivery. (S/I)

•  Experience in HVAC and Electrical Distribution systems knowledge (S/I)

•  Good working knowledge in Nagios; Gitlab; Modbus/Sip/Babelbuster, Cacti, Elasticsearch, Weathermap; Grafana, Docker, Raspberry Pi and associated applications. (S/I)

•  Must be enthusiasm for investigating new technologies. (S)

•  Experience in high availability and distributed systems. (S/I)

•  Degree in a relevant subject or equivalent work experience. (S)

Our teams are predominately based at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Daresbury, whilst this role will be based at our Rutherford site, there will be a requirement to occasionally travel to all STFC sites.

Our Benefits:

Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits including a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.

SC Clearance:

The post you are applying for attracts a National Security Vetting clearance, there are further eligibility requirements, for further details at:

To meet national security vetting requirements, you will normally need to have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years for CTC, 5 years for SC and 10 years for DV prior to the date of application. All DV posts are required to be UK Nationals.

You may still be considered if, for example: 

•  You've been serving overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of HM Government.

•  You were studying abroad.

•  You were living overseas with parents.

Join us and discover what’s possible! 

About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we ask the biggest questions in the universe to find answers that change the world around us. We seek understanding. We’re proud of the impact we make. And we’re committed to helping build a globally competitive, knowledge-based UK economy. Being part of all this means contributing to work that pushes boundaries and creates possibilities. You’ll work with, and learn from, true experts. Whatever your role, you’ll be free to question, and encouraged to share ideas. And, in a positive and supportive culture, you’ll discover just what a difference you can make when you’re equipped and inspired to excel.

We’re a place where curious minds thrive. Not bound by profit, we explore ideas that others don’t, ask questions that others won’t, and discover answers that others are not equipped to find. And, alongside Mars landings and black holes, we also explore diverse, international projects in everything from science and engineering to computing and technology. Whether it’s at the cutting edge or behind the scenes, our work is intellectually challenging. It’s very often ground-breaking. And it’s endlessly, irresistibly fascinating.

For more information about STFC please visit 

You can also visit our careers site 

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

Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme, excellent holiday entitlement, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme. For more details, visit benefits of working for UKRI.

The role holder will be required to have the appropriate level of security screening/vetting required for the role. UKRI reserves the right to run or re-run security clearance as required during the course of employment.

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. 


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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