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Senior IT Infrastructure Lead - NIHR BioResource for Translational Research (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for the key role of Senior IT Infrastructure Lead, overseeing the design, building and testing of NIHR BioResource's hybrid cloud infrastructure, which is key to delivering robust, secure and efficient IT operations.
Our mission is to facilitate human health research and its transformation into medical practice.

NIHR BioResource is a unique and powerful resource for studying disease mechanisms and for investigating the links between genes, the environment, health and disease, enabling scientific discoveries as well as facilitating translational medicine for the benefit of patients.

Further details on the NIHR BioResource, including some of our COVID-19 research studies, can be found on our website: As Senior IT Infrastructure Lead, you will be providing technical leadership and take responsibility for the design, delivery and continuous improvement of our IT infrastructure. You will also act as lead architect on infrastructure and related projects. This is an exciting opportunity to implement cutting edge networking, cloud, automation and security technologies in a fast-moving, multiple-stakeholder environment.

You will be experienced in designing, documenting and implementing innovative, reliable and scalable infrastructure solutions that work both as specified and as designed. You will be comfortable in both Linux and Windows environments, have expertise in automation and orchestration tools, a good understanding of networking principles and have experience of modern monitoring tools.

See the Further Information link below for full details and Person Specification.

We'll assist you in developing your career by providing training & development opportunities. You'll be able to take advantage of on-line learning platforms such as O'Reilly and LinkedIn Learning, as well as face-to-face training courses and events provided by the University of Cambridge and other organisations. Benefits include a generous pension scheme and 41 days' annual holiday (inclusive of public holidays).

This appointment is full-time, 37 hours per week; part-time down to 80% will be considered. Work - life balance is important and we are open to discussion on flexible working, including an element of home working.

NIHR BioResource is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) as part of a 5-year funding cycle. The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2024 in the first instance. It is likely that the NIHR BioResource will continue to be funded by NIHR beyond this date, with an extension grant providing funding until 30 November 2024, with a further extension of 5 years dependent on available funding. Our offices are on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, CB2 0QQ (approximately 2 miles south of the city centre).

We encourage informal queries about the vacancy or the application process - please contact Andrew Leedham, IT Manager, Infrastructure and Systems at

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference RB29539 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.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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