Advanced Computing Systems Administrator 

Bristol , City of Bristol (GB)
24 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
23 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Advanced Computing Systems Administrator 

Job number SUPP103445 
Division/School IT Services 
Contract type  Open ended contract staff 
Working pattern  Full time 
Salary  £36,001 - £40,523 per annum 
Closing date for applications 14-Sep-2017 

Applications are invited for the position of Advanced Computing Systems Administrator. The role is a key part of the Advanced Computing Research Centre (ACRC),, one of the UK’s leading University High Performance Computing (HPC) and Research Data Storage (RDS) providers. 

You will support the systems which underpin the HPC and RDS facilities. User support is also key to the role. You will work closely with the University’s research community from novice to expert and covering a wide range of topic areas and workflows. This role will be primarily undertaking research data storage administration and support, but knowledge of HPC systems is also desirable. The storage equipment is comprised of a large petabyte scale GPFS storage system, including fast disk, tape, HSM and back up. You will assist both internal researchers and external collaborators to get the most out of our storage facilities. This will include creating projects and groups, managing file system resources, access and permissions
We constantly seek to improve the service that we offer our users. You will need to keep abreast of the latest developments in HPC, RDS and systems management and to strive to incorporate them into our setup. Examples include benchmarking and adopting new technologies, incorporating improved configuration management into our internal processes or developing self-service interface for our users.

You will be an experienced systems administrator who is capable of managing your own time and priorities. You will sometimes need to solve problems to tight deadlines. Strong communication and problem solving skills are essential to the role. For example, you will sometimes need to explain complex issues to non-specialists and to bring your experience to bear in new environments and in novel situations. You will enjoy working collaboratively with a variety of researchers and will derive satisfaction from advancing their projects. Ideally you will have experience of administering systems in a HPC or research data storage environment.

We anticipate that interviews will be held on Thursday 28 September 2017.
For informal enquiries please contact either Simon Burbidge ( or Caroline Gardiner ( 
The University is committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive culture.  We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities.