Senior Systems Engineer/ Web Server Administrator
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: 6
Closing Date: 15 January 2019
Reference Number: EBI01336
We are looking to recruit an experienced Senior Systems Engineer/Web Server Administrator to join the Web Production team at the European Bioinformatics Institute located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.
EMBL-EBI is currently running web applications on over 2000 Virtualised servers in 2 distinct data centres and quickly moving to a container-based environment. Our services receive more that 10 million web requests per day from all over the world that deal with submissions of data into the public repositories as well as providing access to tools for advanced data analysis. The Web Production team is responsible for maintaining and supporting the web infrastructure in a dynamic environment, with new and upgraded applications coming online every week.

Your role

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic individual that can help improve and manage our services transition to modern working patterns. She or He will report to the head of the Web Production team and will be responsible for communications at the first-line management level, maintain and extend our web infrastructure provisioning practises and support our developers and administrative staff throughout the organisation.

You have

You will have a university degree in a computer science field and demonstrate at least 4-5 years' work experience in the academic or commercial sector. You will have experience in first-line management as well as being directly involved in maintaining large service provisioning infrastructures for general compute as well as web on Cloud and use of containers for web server application deployments.

You might also have

  • Experience in design, implementation and deployment of web-based applications using VMs and containers in hybrid and public Clouds
  • Demonstrable experience in Linux systems administration and web application security
  • Fluency with virtualisation, application containers and Cloud technologies such as VMware, openshift, Docker, singularity, Puppet, etc. and advanced administration of web application servers such as Apache and Tomcat
  • Experience with the administration of systems such as Confluence, JIRA, GIT, Gitlab, Bitbucket, Elastic Stack, and modern service monitoring frameworks
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are necessary for effective communication with internal and external user groups
  • Experience with the responsibilities and duties of first-line managers
  • Fluency in English
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks under pressure in a highly demanding and productive environment
  • Professional experience in software maintenance and user support roles

Why join us

At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 22 member states and two associate member states. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation. For more information about pay and benefits click here

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else.

If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.

What else do I need to know

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system.
Applications are welcome from all nationalities and this will continue after Brexit. For more information please see our website. Visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels. Appointment will be based on merit alone. The initial contract is for a period of three years with the possibility of a fixed-term extension.

Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on the date listed above.