Systems Administrator
Location:EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category:Staff member
Contract Duration:3 years
Grading:5 (monthly salary starting at £2,507 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here
Closing Date:28th May 2017
Reference Number:EBI_00939

Job Description

We are seeking a junior Systems Administrator to join the Systems Infrastructure Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

You will be working in a team taking care of EBI's central computing services including HPC clusters, job scheduling and high performance storage. The responsibilities include user support, troubleshooting and software installation, configuration and maintenance.

The EBI maintains clusters totalling 1,500 nodes which are used for production services and by several hundred developers and researchers. Additionally, EBI manages more than 100 PB of scientific data, which are mounted from different storage systems using multiple technologies such as NFS, GPFS and Lustre.

There will also be the opportunity to get involved in projects that offer opportunities to learn new skills.

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 and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. 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.

Qualifications and Experience

You will have a degree in Computer Science or have equivalent work experience and the ability to work effectively in English. In addition you are required to have:

  • The ability to work effectively in a team environment;
  • The desire to learn and keep up with technological advances;
  • Willingness to handle trouble tickets and ability to communicate with users.

Any experience of the following is considered advantageous:

  • Experience on batch queuing systems (for example LSF)
  • Configuration management (Ansible, Puppet etc.);
  • Python/Perl/Shell scripting;
  • High performance filesystem management (Lustre, GPFS);

Personal organisation, time management, and excellent communications skills are essential.

Your primary role is to deal with trouble tickets and work closely with users. You will have a great opportunity to learn about high performance computing and storage and thus become a Senior Systems Administrator.


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.

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.

Application Instructions

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system.

Additional Information

Applications are welcome from all nationalities - 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.