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Computing Solutions Specialist (Data Storage and Cloud Computing) (Fixed Term)


Research & Institutional Services (RIS) is part of University Information Service (UIS) within the University of Cambridge. It provides Computing and Data Storage Services to the entire University and its affiliated institutions. The Computing and Storage Platforms Team consists of a set of highly skilled individuals, delivering high quality computing platforms, using state-of-the-art and cutting edge technologies. RIS is seeking to appoint two Computing Solutions Specialists who will develop and support new Data Storage and Cloud Computing platforms and services.

The role-holder works under the direction of the Head of Research Computing Platforms and will provide coordination, system administration and specialised technical consultation for existing and future systems and services developed within RIS. The position will also have responsibilities for associated interdependent systems, high performance computing resources, cloud-based services, and storage systems. The successful candidate will undertake day-to-day service management responsibilities and will also be involved in a range of internally and externally facing projects.

By joining RIS, the role holder will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of exciting and high profile projects which will include examination of the latest computing technologies such as GPGPU, KNL, OPA. The role holder will also be able to explore and pioneer cloud computing and storage use cases using cloud computing platforms such as OpenStack.

The role-holder will be educated to Masters degree level in Computer Engineering, Computer Science or have equivalent experience. Essential skills include: practical and proven knowledge of Linux system administration, shell scripting and practical knowledge of high level programming languages such as Perl or Python, configuration management and automation methods using technologies such as Puppet or Ansible. Experience with storage platforms and parallel file systems (e.g. Lustre), HPC system integration and configuration and cloud computing platforms (e.g. OpenStack) will be advantageous. The role holder must be proactive and creative in problem solving, and will need to be comfortable resolving complex problems, and be able to handle workload from multiple projects at the same time while maintaining attention to detail. Good presentation skills both oral and written will also be an advantage.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Mr Wojciech Turek wjt27@cam.ac.uk or 01223 764502. The closing date for applications is Monday 29th May 2017. It is intended that interviews be held on Tuesday 6th June 2017.

Please quote reference VC12156 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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