The Centre for Astrophysics Research is seeking a manager for its IT facilities, to start as soon as possible. The role includes the daily oversight of staff and research student desktop provision and the high-performance computing cluster. Some working time may be available for individual research where that contributes to the CAR research strategy.
The post will be based in the School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics. CAR is a designated research centre within the University, presently comprising ~20 research-active permanent staff, ~12 postdoctoral staff, and 30 postgraduate students. The University is located in Hatfield, to the north of central London, which can be reached by train in about half an hour.
Main duties & responsibilities
The post holder will support staff and research student desktops and laptops running Linux, Mac OS and Windows. They will be the main system administrator for the Linux file servers, web servers and backup servers. They will have some responsibility for administration of the UH high-performance computing cluster, and will specify and purchase new equipment as needed. Occasional out-of-hours working may be required.
Skills and experience needed
Linux system management experience is essential. Experience of Windows system administration, of high-performance computing in a Linux environment and/or of astronomical software and scripting is desirable. The person appointed will be conscientious, thorough, self-motivated and willing to work proactively in a team toward shared goals; will be able to work to deadlines; will have mature interpersonal skills, and will be willing to go the extra mile to support system users.
A Bachelors/Masters degree in a numerate discipline, preferably within the physical sciences is essential. Ideally a PhD in astronomy/astrophysics or a closely related discipline will be held.