Linux and High Performance Computing Systems Administrator

01/03/2020, 23:55

Information Technology
Scientific Computing
Full time
Non-time Limited
Competitive dependent on skills and experience
The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is one of the world’s most influential cancer research institutes with an outstanding record of achievement dating back more than 100 years. We provided the first convincing evidence that DNA damage is the basic cause of cancer, laying the foundation for the now universally accepted idea that cancer is a genetic disease. Today, we lead the world at isolating cancer-related genes and discovering new targeted drugs for personalised cancer treatment. Together with our partner The Royal Marsden, we are rated in the top five cancer centres globally.

The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best minds in the world to join us in our mission – to make the discoveries that defeat cancer.

The individual will support our cancer researchers and clinicians who use the ICR’s HPC service. They will provide first line user support and must be able to convey technical concepts to non-specialists. We are looking for somebody who is a proactive problem solver but who can also work in a wider team running a portfolio of services, helping to drive continuous improvement.

The post holder must have demonstrable Linux server management skills including scripting, DevOps, service monitoring, storage and networking concepts, and an interest in applying cutting edge technology. Exposure to HPC environments and technologies (such as parallel file systems and job schedulers) is advantageous but not a requirement and training will be given in specific areas. Experience of the administration of relevant Cloud based services for data processing and large scale storage would also be beneficial.

The post-holder will report to the HPC Lead but also be expected to report and provide strategic guidance to the Head of Scientific Computing and other managers within the Institute.

This is a post which will interest Linux administrators looking to work on large scale infrastructure in a stimulating environment which makes a difference to people’s lives.

A full list of the requirements of the post can be found in the job description. Informal enquiries can be made to the HPC Lead, 

All formal applications should be submitted online  by completing the online application from.

When applying please provide a supporting statement as to why you are applying for this position; together with your CV and the names and contact details of two referees.


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