Specialist Engineer (Linux Systems Administration - Servers and Storage Team)

Cambridge, England, gb
Company: University of Cambridge
Category: Computer and Mathematical Occupations
Published on 2021-08-02 18:07:55

The Information Services division (UIS) at the University of Cambridge is seeking an experienced Systems Administrator for a permanent position within the Servers & Storage team.

The Servers and Storage team provides IT infrastructure to run services offered to the entire University. This role supports and develops the operation of core systems, with a focus on scripting/automation, Linux, storage and backup . There will also be the opportunity to work with cloud technologies, virtualisation, web technologies and databases.

We are involved in building new services for the University which offers you the possibility to learn new technologies and utilise them in exciting ways. We are currently implementing a private cloud environment for the University and over time we will develop this into a hybrid cloud infrastructure. The Servers & Storage team offers a supportive and collaborative environment, and you will get to work alongside subject-matter experts. You will have the opportunity to learn new skills and develop your career.

Main Responsibilities

  • Working within the team to support, enhance and transform our core IT server infrastructure - both physical and virtual.
  • Implementing and supporting key technologies in server virtualisation, storage, and software - utilising automation and scripting where possible.
  • Ensuring that business continuity measures are implemented and maintained to minimise the impact of systems failure.
  • Monitoring, diagnosing and proactively fixing issues.
  • Owning in-team technical projects associated with the improvement of infrastructure.
  • Implementing and maintaining automated systems to administer systems and services at scale.
  • Ensuring that systems and procedural documentation is maintained and accurate.
  • Working closely with people across UIS and the wider University, including software engineers, networks engineers, security staff, database administrators, project managers and service teams.
  • Designing systems / choosing appropriate technologies to solve the needs of one of the leading academic institutions in the world.
  • Skills

    The successful applicant will have demonstrable experience working with the following products and technologies:

  • Strong scripting and automation skills - Python experience would be particularly valuable.
  • Linux (RHEL or Ubuntu) systems administration.
  • Backup software (especially Veritas Netbackup or Veeam).
  • Configuration / code management (eg Ansible or puppet).
  • VMware hypervisor, networking and automation.
  • NAS and SAN storage systems.
  • Full stack understanding of how different layers of IT interoperate, from networking up to the application / service level.
  • Good communication, organisational and problem-solving skills.
  • The following skills/knowledge would also be useful:

  • VMware Cloud Foundation or its component technologies.
  • Web technologies (Apache, Tomcat, traffic management, search engines).
  • Databases (esp. PostgreSQL, MySQL).
  • Comfortable finding solutions across technology boundaries.
  • Strong troubleshooting skills.
  • Degree (2:1 or higher) or equivalent work experience.
  • The team is flexible and supportive, and we endeavour to allow employees to focus on the technologies they wish to where possible.

    We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

    We particularly welcome applications from women and candidates from a BAME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our institution.

    Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

    For any queries regarding this position please contact Chris Garrett, via email .

    Please upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

    The closing date for applications is 18 August 2021 .

    Please quote reference VC26689 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

    The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

    The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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