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Systems Administrator

Pisa, Italy, European Gravitational Observatory

[SYA-IT-20-01]
Field(s) of expertise
Software Engineering Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
Job type
Contract
Education
BachelorMaster
Deadline
16/04/2020

About this job

The European Gravitational Observatory (EGO), in order to consolidate and expand the Information Technology services that allow the observation of gravitational waves and support the future research, opens a call for a 1+1 years Systems Administrator position in the Information Technology Department. EGO is a French-Italian consortium founded by INFN and CNRS to foster European collaboration in gravitational wave research. EGO is located in Cascina, near Pisa, Italy and hosts the Virgo gravitational waves detector, one of the three most sensitive gravitational-wave detecting instruments in the world. The Virgo project involves the participation of about 25 laboratories with nearly 300 scientists, engineers and technicians from France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary and Spain. The EGO IT Department has the responsibility of the design and operation of the local IT infrastructure supporting the EGO consortium mission, the Advanced Virgo experiment on-line computing and data storage for the prompt detection of gravitational waves and the Virgo collaboration institutional activity. The IT facilities include a Datacenter with 1200 CPU cores and 3PB of disk storage and a high speed network covering the 3 km x 3 km site extension. The IT systems and activities include various virtualization platforms, linux clusters, an HTCondor farm, shared file systems and data handling software, security assessment and identity management, a Web framework and the integration of the AdVirgo collaboration provided subsystems.

Responsibilities

The successful candidate will participate in the design, implementation and operation of the linux-based systems in a challenging environment including both mission-critical continuous service and development of forefront technologies. The post may require the selected candidate works outside of normal working hours, including nights, weekends and public holidays, and may require participation in a regular on-call service. It may happen to cope with technically difficult situations, and to work within strict deadlines.

Profile

Essential required qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor or Master level degree in a scientific/technical field (Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics) with application/usage of computing systems;
  • Good command in English.

Desired qualifications and experience:

One or more of the following will be an asset:

  • Hands-on experience in the administration of unix-based computing and storage systems in clustered configurations;
  • Hands-on experience in networking;
  • Good command in Italian.

Personal skills:

  • Capacity to integrate in the common environment, administer and troubleshoot third-party commercial hardware/software systems by developing an in-depth knowledge equivalent to a second-level support engineer;
  • Capacity to work in team but also in autonomy following the agreed architectural guidelines and operational procedures;
  • Capacity to act as a first-level backup for IT tasks outside of his/her own specialization.

General requirements:

  • European citizenship
  • No criminal convictions
  • Driving license

1 + 1 years contract.