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HPC System Administrator (Fixed Term)

Research and Institutional Services (RIS), a division of University Information Services in the University of Cambridge, is seeking to appoint a Research Computing Systems Administrator to support and develop high performance computing (HPC) and a range of other interesting, research computing-oriented services managed by the division. All services are currently based on variants of the Linux operating system, and a strong background in Linux system administration is therefore necessary. Duties will include day-to-day operation and support of several large, complex, multi-user Linux-based services including the largest academic supercomputer in the UK in November 2017.

RIS provides research computing services, including HPC, data storage and virtual machines, to the entire University and its affiliated institutes. It also supports research computing on a larger UK scale through DiRAC, and a new, peta-scale Tier 2 national HPC facility. RIS continues to enjoy rapid growth in demand for its services across all academic disciplines and already supports several large scientific projects in astrophysics and particle physics, e.g. the Square Kilometre Array, and in the life sciences e.g. the 10,000 genome project.

The closing date for applications is Monday 5th March. Interviews are expected to be held on Monday 12th March 2018.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 1 April 2021 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Dr Stuart Rankin, tel. 01223 746501, email

Please quote reference VC14736 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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