Senior Specialist Technician

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Publish Date: 
Friday, December 6, 2019
Archive Date: 
Friday, January 3, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Portsmouth
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

Faculty of Technology
Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation

Senior Specialist Technician

Employment type:  Permanent
Employment basis:  Full-time
Salary:  £30,942 - £34,804 per annum 
Post number: ZZ600384
Date published: 07 November 2019  
Closing date: 06 January 2020
Interview date: Week commencing 13 January 2020

We seek a Senior Specialist Technician to serve as system administrator for the Sciama High-Performance Computing (HPC) cluster at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth.  ICG consists of 15 academic staff, 16 postdoctoral researchers and around 30 PhD students, and has an active international visitors programme. Portsmouth is a member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), the Dark Energy Survey (DES), the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), ESA’s Euclid satellite mission, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO), the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA), the Gravitational Wave Optical Transient Observer (GOTO), and other international collaborations. The University of Portsmouth is a member of the South-East Physics Network (SEPnet) and hosts the 3704-core SCIAMA supercomputer. More information is available at

The successful applicant will manage the overall operation of Sciama, such as hardware and software maintenance, assisting new and current users with code installation and compilation, management of user accounts, and supervision of the job scheduler and queue. We welcome applications from all qualified applicants. They will also assist with general computing needs within the department.  The University of Portsmouth and the ICG hold Athena SWAN Bronze awards which show a commitment to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote diversity and equality and create a better working environment for women and men.

Applications (application form, CV, publication list and research proposal for the fellowship) should be submitted by the closing date via the online application system at Applicants should also arrange for three reference letters to be sent by email to, to arrive by the same date. We expect the position to start 1 February 2020 or as close to that date as feasible.

All applications for this position will be processed and conducted in compliance with UK legislation relevant at that time.

Applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons and all appointments will be made on merit. As we are committed to the principles of the Race Equality Charter Mark, we would particularly welcome applications from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community who are currently under-represented at this level in this area.   

To find out more about the University of Portsmouth and this role, visit and apply on-line. 

It is the policy of the University to only accept applications submitted using the University’s application form.

All applications for this position will be processed and conducted in compliance with UK legislation relevant at that time.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 3, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, January 31, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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