Data Center Engineer
Location:EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category:Staff Member
Contract Duration:3 Years
Grading:5 or 6 (monthly salary starting at £2,552 or £2,855 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here
Closing Date:11th February 2018
Reference Number:EBI_01113

Job Description

We are seeking an experienced Data Center Manager to join the Systems Infrastructure Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI).

Your work is expected to include the following.

1. Data Centre management responsibilities include:

  • Planning space, power, cabling and network requirements for all new equipment
  • Planning deliveries with vendors and delivery companies
  • Assist in all hardware installations as necessary - compute, networking
    and storage
  • Organise disposal of old equipment - quotes and disposal certification
  • Re-location - plan and organise equipment moves between data centres
  • Check and monitor Power consumption, phase balancing and distribution using BMS systems
  • Observe/monitor all power, temperature and airflow conditions in the data centres

2. Maintenance:

  • Monitor troubleshoot and repair failing servers - monitor/respond to ticket systems
  • Log all support calls with vendors for server faults - organise downtime for repairs and upgrades.
  • Update server firmware - using Dell and Hp tools - Idrac and Hp SUM
  • Manage cabling and patching within the data centres, troubleshooting when necessary
  • General tidiness and safety within the data centres
  • Assist storage team with disk swaps and other maintenance tasks.

3. Administration:

  • Tracking all new equipment purchasing - storage and compute
  • Recording equipment locations in the data centres
  • Recording purchasing information for the purchasing and auditing teams
  • Liaise with Purchasing and auditing teams, internal and external, for all aspects of asset and auditing.
  • Managing the data centre contracts between EBI, Gyron and SSE
  • Booking all visitors and deliveries in the data centres
  • Ensuring good stocks of cables and any other regularly used equipment

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.


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.