Cloud Engineer
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: 5 or 6 (monthly salary starting at £2,632 or £2,944 after tax)
Closing Date: 25 January 2019
Reference Number: EBI01341
We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated Systems Administrator to join the Cloud and Virtualization team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI). Located within a beautiful rural research campus in Hinxton, near Cambridge, EMBL-EBI offers a unique opportunity to acquire professional experience in an international scientific environment with access to a wide range of cutting edge technologies.

The Cloud and Virtualization team creates, develops and maintains EMBL-EBI’s cloud infrastructure and virtualization platforms in OpenStack and VMware. These platforms support over 2500 virtual machines across two data centres that provide EMBL-EBI’s public web services, host the Embassy Cloud for external collaborative use and provide a CaaS platform based on Kubernetes to orchestrate Docker containers.

EMBL-EBI continues to actively explore the benefits that Cloud technologies could bring to the operation of its own infrastructure and the use of infrastructure by our own leading researchers and their world-wide collaborators.

The EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and is Europe's leading provider of information services to biological researchers in academia and industry.

Your role

The successful candidate will have a degree in Computer Science or equivalent work experience and will possess strong troubleshooting and problem solving skills. They will have extensive experience of Linux administration (ideally Red Hat Enterprise and Ubuntu). Developing and operating a cloud environment and/or virtual infrastructure would be a distinct advantage as would networking skills.

You have

In addition the post-holder will require as many of the following as possible:

  • OpenStack or other cloud layer implementation and administration
  • VMware vSphere administration and design
  • Kubernetes architecture and administration
  • Network administration (SDN/CNI)
  • Monitoring and System Management Tools
  • Automation and Orchestration Tools (Terraform, Ansible)
  • Experience of technology evaluation

The candidate will have excellent English and communication skills and be able to work well within a team. Being user focused is very important as the role will often include interacting with internal and external users by answering queries and developing documentation.

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. As part of the application selection process, you may be asked to complete some sample work packages. 

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.