Senior UNIX Administrator (ESA-ESOC)

Darmstadt, The Netherlands, Serco Europe [2317]

Field(s) of expertise
Software Engineering
Job type

About this job

Serco is a leading Space Services Provider with thousands of skilled resources that has supported over 50 space missions on behalf of more than 10 Space or Government agencies around the globe, including the ESA and NASA. Serco offers space capability across the full space lifecycle from satellite testing to Launch services, LEOP to spacecraft operations, space surveillance to data management, and supporting downstream application development. With over 55 years history in the space sector Serco is well placed to contribute to National strategies and New Space ventures who want to scale their businesses/organizations with skilled talent.

On behalf of our customer, the European Space Agency, we are on the lookout for a skilled a Senior UNIX Administrator. In this exciting role, you will have the opportunity to work directly at ESOC’s enchanting site in Darmstadt, serving as an essential pillar in our outstanding service to the European Space Agency.

This position has a key place in our excellent service of the European Space Agency. You would be a part of a team involved in system installation and configuration, working with HP hardware. Your mission would be to interface with 1st and 3rd line support, enabling uninterrupted operations of the software and hardware used.


  • Operating system installation and configuration.
  • Diagnosis, reporting and correction of system software faults/user problems.
  • Planning, preparation, testing and implementation of maintenance activities (such as patches and software upgrades).
  • Interfacing with 1st and 3rd line support, along with other internal 2nd line support teams.
  • Installation, testing and inventory of new software packages and releases.
  • Application configuration/tuning.
  • Auditing and accounting.
  • Maintenance of in-house software/documentation.
  • Performing extra support activities as requested, including working outside the normal working hours.
  • Implementation, maintenance and operation of automatic software updates and OS installation.


  • Strong Linux Administration (SLES/ RHEL) with good understanding of storage, networking, and scripting.
  • Understanding of SAN concepts and networking concepts.
  • Experience or knowledge of Hadoop administration.
  • Basic database administration experience (MySQL/ MariaDB).
  • Virtualisation environment experience such as ESX/ Vcloud Director and associated provisioning / life cycle management (Autoyast/ Kickstart).
  • Experience with Solaris.
  • Experience with Netbackup.
  • Skilled in MS Office products.
  • Strong command of English.
  • Strong service ethics and customer facing skills.

All candidates must be eligible to work in the EU.


Nice to have:

  • Experience with HP hardware.
  • Experience or knowledge of Ansible.
  • Experience or knowledge of Cendio ThinLinc and Apache Guacamole.
  • Knowledge of German.
  • ITIL Qualification.


Within Serco we believe there is a place here for everyone. Diversity & Inclusion at Serco is based on a culture where every voice is heard, and every employee feels valued. Working together as one team, we can enhance the experience of our people and teams, improve the value of our solutions to better serve the missions of our customers, and make a difference in our world. We are enthusiastic and passionate about our work which is infectious. We allow our employees to take responsibility for their work and promote a positive working culture.


What we offer:

  • Competitive Salary.
  • Comprehensive package of benefits offered by the company.
  • Assistance with relocation can be provided, details available upon request.
  • Engaging company events to foster team spirit.
  • Access to a variety of sports and recreational activities at ESOC Escape Recreation Centre.
  • Company contribution towards a pension scheme.

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