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Principal DevOps Engineer (Cloud Architect)

Are you passionate about DevOps and an expert in cloud infrastructure such as Google Cloud/AWS/Azure, resources optimization and repeatable terraform deployment? Do you have experience working with cloud native services operations like Container Management, Kubernetes, Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment and Helm?

The University of Cambridge's Information Services ( is looking for a Principal DevOps engineer (Cloud Architect) to help us with a large scale cloud native transformation. You will join a team of 18 people working on building new cloud native services and modernising legacy applications.

These services, of which some are public facing, are mainly used by university staff and students (~60,000 people). Thus, your work will have a significant impact on the reputation of one of the world's leading universities. These services use modern web architecture standards with APIs and are continuously built and tested using Continuous Integration tools. They run on Docker containers and get deployed to a Kubernetes cluster in Google Cloud infrastructure.

The team has a strong learning mindset, which has allowed us to test and use many different technologies. We are now in the process of consolidating our learnings and have produced boilerplates for the technology stack we have chosen: Terraform, Ansible, Python, Django, React, and Typescript. The team has a DevOps culture and uses Scrum for its day to day work, and we have adopted an "open by default" approach to new work and so you can find much of our work to date at

Although most of the services that the DevOps Division maintains are already cloud native and deployed to the cloud using Terraform, we want an expert in the field to help us:

(a) Introduce better deployment and operations standards for cloud native services using Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment with tools like Terraform, Ansible and others.

(b) Mentor, train, manage, and be responsible for the career progression of more junior DevOps engineers, helping them grow in the organisation.

(c) Join a team of principal/senior engineers in other areas of expertise (Backend, FrontEnd, API, Security, etc), sharing the common goal of helping to transform the University of Cambridge's Information Services into a modern digital organisation delivering cloud native services.

You will report directly to the Head of DevOps and will have a high influence on the direction of travel and the strategy. You will be a key part of this big transformation.

We want to attract the best people to the University Information Services. As well as a competitive salary and pension, we offer outstanding development opportunities and a flexible, family-friendly working environment. You will also be part of the unique community that makes the University of Cambridge so special.

In addition to a competitive salary, the University also offers a highly attractive pension scheme with a generous tax-free contribution, 33 days' annual leave (in addition to bank holidays) and help with relocation. For further details of the benefits, see

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If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Abraham Martin,

Please quote reference VC20192 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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