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RSE/HPC systems administrator post @Bristol

Junior Research Software Engineer / Junior HPC Systems Administrator

BrisSynBio BBSRC/EPSRC Centre for Synthetic Biology, University of Bristol

The BBSRC/EPSRC-funded Bristol Synthetic Biology Research Centre (BrisSynBio) invites applications for a Junior Research Software Engineer / Junior HPC Systems Administrator, who will work with BrisSynBio in the Advanced Computing Research Centre (ACRC), one of the UK’s leading University High Performance Computing and Research Data Storage Facilities. This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, talented and highly motivated individual to begin a career as a Research Software Engineer and HPC Systems Administrator. The successful applicant will work with researchers in the field of synthetic biology across the biological, physical, engineering and mathematical sciences.
Applicants are expected to have a background in computational research, computer programming and/or HPC systems administration, and have the motivation, demeanour and communication skills necessary to work effectively as part of a large team to help develop solutions to a wide array of problems. The successful applicant will receive tailored advanced training in HPC systems administration, computer programming and applications of synthetic biology, which will build on their existing knowledge. Applicants must therefore be prepared for, and have the desire to rapidly assimilate new skills. Much of the position will involve working face-to-face with researchers across a range of departments across the University, so excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and the desire to hot-desk and work effectively with lots of different people and personalities is necessary. The role will involve; (1) providing research software engineering support to researchers in BrisSynBio, e.g. by leading training workshops in programming and software carpentry, and by supporting scientists in the programming and optimisation of research software for applications in synthetic biology, and (2) providing HPC systems administration support to BlueGem, the BrisSynBio compute cluster, comprising over 900 Intel Haswell cores, 8 K80 nVidia GPU accelerators, connected via a 2:1 QDR Infiniband network, and utilising ~60 TB of Panasas high performance and high availability storage.
Expectations of the Applicant:
The position should be taken up by early Summer 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter. Later start dates can be considered, particularly if the applicant is available to work part time to undertake the necessary training over the summer.
The successful applicant will be a full member of both the ACRC and BrisSynBio Research Centre, and would be expected to participate fully in the both the ACRC’s and the Centre’s activities. The position reports formally to the Research Computing Manager in the ACRC, with co-management provided by the Scientific Manager of BrisSynBio. In addition, the successful applicant will work closely with the University’s EPSRC Research Software Engineering Fellow, who will supply the necessary training and provide day-to-day supervision and support.
Salary: £31,656 – £35,609 per annum, full time, 3 year contract
Closing Date: Tuesday 10th May 2016
For further information on this post, and to apply, please see:
For informal enquires please contact the BrisSynBio Scientific Manager, Dr Kathleen Sedgley (Tel: 0117 39 41297 or email For HPC/RSE particulars, please contact the EPSRC Research Software Engineering Fellow, Dr Christopher Woods (email

Technical Head of CEMAC – University of Leeds

The Centre of Excellence for Modelling the Atmosphere and Climate (CEMAC) is a major new venture to substantially enhance the research, teaching, impact and outreach capabilities of the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS), related to computer modelling, data analysis and visualisation. The use and development of advanced models of weather, climate and air pollution in ICAS is extraordinarily broad and ambitious. We conduct modelling of complex processes in atmospheric physics and chemistry using a range of platforms from local clusters to the largest High Performance Computing facilities. ICAS’s research feeds into international assessments such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and we work very closely with many UK and international research institutions and with the Met Office developing their models for climate projections and high-impact weather prediction.

CEMAC aims to be the UK’s leading centre of excellence in atmospheric and climate modelling, significantly enhancing and accelerating the high impact research of ICAS, and aiming to improve the quality of learning for students across the School of Earth & Environment. CEMAC will rival the best international examples of how model and data support and strategy is organised in computing-intensive research institutions.

We are seeking to appoint a Technical Head to lead development of expertise in software, numerical modelling and data science and to manage the team of software engineers and modelling experts within the new Centre. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of operating within fast moving complex research computing environments. You will have a First degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in an appropriate technical, scientific, or engineering discipline, ideally with a strong software engineering component. You must be able to demonstrate previous success in developing and maintaining operational systems and software focused on responding to the needs of diverse users.

The Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) within the School of Earth and Environment is one of the UK’s largest and most diverse institutes for atmospheric research, making fundamental advances in our understanding of climate change, weather, air pollution, and impacts on our planet and society. ICAS has over 30 academic staff and about 100 postdoctoral researchers and PhD students. For further information on the Institute, please see:
Salary: £38,896 to £46,414 per annum (Grade 8)
Closing Date: Thursday 31 March 2016
For further information on this post, and to apply, please see:

HPC Systems Administrator – EPCC

EPCC is seeking to appoint Linux and/or Windows system administrator to work as part of a team supporting EPCC’s high performance computing and cloud systems. Under the direction of your manager you will install, configure and maintain Linux and Windows based clusters and supercomputers. You will also support end users and provide documentation. You will have strong interest in Linux or Windows system administration. Ideally you will understand networking, storage and have some experience supporting servers in multi-user environment. Familiarity with HPC is desirable but not essential.

Closing Date: 06-Mar-2015


HPC Systems Architect – EPCC

EPCC is seeking to appoint a senior systems specialist to work as part of a team designing, implementing and maintaining EPCC’s high performance computing and cloud infrastructures. You will be an experienced, hands-on professional who can provide a leadership role to other system administrators in the team. You will demonstrate the knowledge and will stay on top of the latest HPC technologies, interact with the vendors and take overall responsibility for the successful implementation of cutting edge research systems. EPCC operates in a very fast-moving, highly technological field and the job-holder has significant responsibility for maintaining our technical leadership.

Closing date: 12-Mar-2015


HPC and Linux Lead – Kings College London

King’s College London’s Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences is looking for a technical professional to manage and develop our high performance computing and Linux services. Reporting to the Faculty Computing Manger and leading a team of four Linux-focused computing officers, you will manage the Faculty’s HPC clusters and develop Linux-based services for research and teaching.



Francis Crick Institute – Lead Research Software Engineer

The Application Integration and Migration (AIM) Lead will be responsible for the overall performance of the AIM team (approx. 4 people) and providing support to scientists at Institute in adapting and optimizing their systems to make best use of the compute and data platforms. The AIM Lead shall coach the AIM team while performing various technical tasks and helping to provide an appropriate and supportive software development environment for researchers and technology platforms within the institute.


Senior HPC Data and Storage Systems Engineer – Francis Crick Institute

This is a fantastic opportunity as the successful candidate will be directly involved in the design and implementation of the Crick’s research data management systems and services, in collaboration with some of the most talented Scientists and Engineers in this field. They will also be directly involved in the operations and development of eMedlab – the bleeding edge infrastructure supporting Biomedical multidisciplinary research collaborations between the Crick, UCL, QMUL, LSHTM, EBI and the Sanger.

The application should consist of a CV and covering letter stating the candidate’s suitability for the role, salary expectations, notice period if applicable, and two references.

Applications should be sent to no later than the 16th of February, 2015.

Further Information available at


Storage Specialist – Research Data Management – University of Birmingham

The University Of Birmingham is looking for an experienced and versatile storage specialist with strong Linux Systems Administrator skills to take on the challenge of managing and developing the central research data storage and archiving services.The role demands active engagement with the academic community to address the needs of researchers and their funders to secure their data and meet open access commitments.
The successful individual will join a small team, working collaboratively to devise high quality solutions to Birmingham broad based and demanding research community.

For more information see here



Research Software Developer at UCL

The UCL Research Software Development Team works with researchers across college to ensure UCL retains the highest standards of excellence in computational research. We are recruiting an additional research software developer for the team, appointed for two years in the first instance.

In this role, you will design, extend, refactor, and maintain scientific software across all subject areas. You will provide expert software engineering consulting services to world-leading research teams, modify legacy software to run on state-of-the-art high performance computing infrastructure, and work with researchers to build software to meet new research challenges.

This post is funded for 24 months in the first instance.


Please see the advert at and more about the team at

Scientific Applications Specialist at Oxford

Scientific Applications Specialist


Oxford e-Research Centre, OxfordGrade 8: £38,511 – £45,594 p.a.


We are seeking a Scientific Applications Specialist to contribute to the Advanced Research Computing facility. The main role is the delivery of effective computing solutions to the research community in the University, within and beyond traditional HPC users.


The post holder will provide specialist user support on a consultancy basis, understanding the underpinning computing requirements across a broad range of research disciplines and providing adequate advice and assistance. Drawing on technical knowledge as well as domain specific expertise, the position will be a key facilitator in translating research aspirations of the research community into technical solutions.


The position is part of a vibrant and growing activity that is at the heart of research computing in the University of Oxford and provides an exciting opportunity for someone seeking to develop their career in these areas.

This is a fixed-term post for 2 years in the first instance.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 1 September 2014.Contact Person :Dr Andrew Richards


Vacancy ID :114503

Contact Phone :01865 610600


Closing Date :01-Sep-2014


Contact Email



The details and how to apply can be found at: (Vacancy ID 114503)