Applications to be received by 12pm on Thursday 7th of March 2019

Grade 8: £40,792 – £48,677 with a discretionary range up to £53,174 p.a.

An opportunity has arisen for a Research Computing Administrator to join the Big Data Institute (BDI) and play a key role in giving Oxford’s biomedical researchers access to the latest platforms for data-intensive research at scale. Working under the direction of the BDI Research Computing Manager the postholder will help to design, commission and manage the large-scale compute and storage infrastructures that are required. There will also be a chance to help shape our developing common strategy for research computing at the BDI and the neighbouring Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, including both on-site facilities and future large-scale, off-site expansion.

Two key directions for the BDI over the next couple of years are the continued development of our OpenStack cloud service and the development of platforms for exploring the use of artificial intelligence (AI) at scale in biomedical research. These areas complement our existing high-performance cluster compute and storage platforms.

The successful candidate will work closely with research groups and those responsible for data governance to help understand their needs and to help design, implement and manage innovative, effective and scalable solutions. You will also play a key role in the day-to-day technical administration of all our systems and, through organising user-group networks, lead our training efforts to encourage use of these platforms.

You will have a degree in a relevant subject and/or significant experience of managing computing platforms at scale, and will also be experienced with directly supporting researchers or other non-specialists to access and use high-end computing. You must have extensive experience of administering computer systems running Linux/Unix, knowledge of relevant scripting languages such as bash, perl and Python, and experience of cluster, virtualization and/or containerization technologies. In addition you will have a good working knowledge of applying the basic principles of computer security.

This full-time position is fixed-term for 3 years in the first instance.

Further particulars, including details of how to apply, can be obtained from the document below. Applications for this vacancy should be made online and you will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your application.

The closing date for this post will be 12.00 noon on Thursday 7 March 2019.

Research Computing Administrator – Big Data Institute, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford


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