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IT Senior Engineer (Servers and Storage) - Linux Administrator

The Information Services division (UIS) at the University of Cambridge are seeking an experienced Servers and Storage Administrator for a new permanent position within the Servers & Storage Linux team, to support the University's Cyber Action Plan.

The Servers and Storage team provides a wide variety of IT infrastructure to run services offered to the entire University. This role supports and develops the operation of core systems, with a focus on Server Security and Linux system administration.

In this role you will administer servers and storage in private and public clouds, along with security compliance and monitoring work. You will also provide advice and guidance on security strategies, managing identified risks and enabling the adoption of standards. The Servers & Storage team offers a supportive and collaborative environment, and you will get to work alongside subject-matter experts. You will have the opportunity to learn new skills and develop your career.

Main Responsibilities

  • Work within a team to support and enhance and transform our core IT server infrastructure - both physical and virtual
  • Contribute to the development of information security policy, standards and guidelines
  • Implement and support key technologies in server, virtualisation, storage, and software - utilising automation and scripting where possible
  • Monitor, diagnose and proactively fix issues
  • Own in-team technical projects associated with the improvement of infrastructure
  • Implement and maintain automated systems to administer systems and services at scale.
  • Ensure that systems and procedural documentation is maintained and accurate
  • Work closely with people across UIS and wider University, including software engineers, networks engineers, security staff, database administrators, project managers and service teams.
  • Design secure systems / choose appropriate technologies to solve the needs of one of the leading academic institutions in the world.


The successful applicant will have demonstrable experience working with the following products and technologies:

  • Linux (RHEL or Ubuntu) systems administration.
  • Experience of running and monitoring secure systems
  • Strong scripting and automation skills - Python experience would be particularly valuable
  • Configuration / code management (eg Ansible or puppet)
  • VMware hypervisor, networking and automation.
  • NAS and SAN storage systems.
  • Full stack understanding of how different layers of IT interoperate, from networking up to the application / service level.
  • Strong troubleshooting skills
  • Good communication, organisational and problem-solving skills

The following skills/knowledge would also be useful:

  • Email routing
  • Web technologies (Apache, Tomcat, traffic management, search engines)
  • Databases (esp. PostgreSQL, MySQL)
  • VMware Cloud Foundation or its component technologies.
  • NAS and SAN storage systems.
  • Comfortable finding solutions across technology boundaries.
  • Degree (2:1 or higher) or equivalent work experience.

The team is flexible and supportive, and we endeavour to allow employees to focus on the technologies they wish to where possible.

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Please quote reference VC42013 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.

Further information

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