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IT Technical Lead – High Performance Computing

Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 16th Sep 2021
  • Salary: £42,149-£53,348
  • REF: LE28159
  • Closes: 10th October 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

The Faculty of Mathematics has an exciting opportunity for a Technical Lead to join our IT team. We are looking for someone who enjoys working with and developing teams. The role holder will lead the provision of high performance compute (HPC) resources to support world-class research within our welcoming and friendly environment.

You’ll be providing technical leadership, focused on the delivery of high-quality, sustainable and reliable IT systems (server, storage and network in the HPC environment and more widely) which underpin the research efforts of mathematicians across the Faculty. As one of the senior members of the IT team, you will be working closely with the IT Manager to develop and deliver the Faculty’s HPC & IT strategy.Working with colleagues from the IT Team and more widely across the Faculty, you’ll play an integral part in planning, designing, implementing and evolving our HPC & IT services. Key responsibilities include specification and procurement of new HPC systems; liaison with Research Software Engineers to increase the value of the HPC to research staff; management, upgrading and development of faculty IT infrastructure. Your general duties will cover managing many of the Faculty’s HPC & infrastructure services (running on Linux), offering technical and project consultancy, and offering assistance and advice to colleagues working on the solution of technically complex or time-consuming helpdesk requests. This could also involve training courses to teach researchers in the faculty how to use our HPC resource.

Our HPC system [https://www.maths.cam.ac.uk/computing/faculty-hpc-system-fawcett] is a heterogeneous platform, providing different architectures of system on which research staff can develop and benchmark code. Our infrastructure is based around on-premise virtualisation, and is currently in a phase of consolidating novel solutions into streamlined, maintainable and supportable systems offering value to the institution.

You’ll be educated to at least degree level in a numerate subject (or equivalent combinations of education and experience) with a proven ability at managing HPC systems (preferably using SLURM) and servers (Linux, mostly Ubuntu) and with knowledge of diverse network protocols (such as TCP/IP, DNS, RADIUS, HTTP) and configuration management systems (ideally ansible). Knowledge of diverse compute architectures (GPU, KNL) is an advantage.

You’ll have experience of providing technical support within a large-scale and service-oriented IT environment employing enterprise grade Network, Server and Storage infrastructure. You’ll be able to demonstrate a good blend of technical and interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with Faculty colleagues who have a wide range of technical abilities.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 5 years in the first instance.

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Please indicate the contact details of two referees on the online application form and upload a full curriculum vitae and a covering letter showing how your knowledge, skills and experience match the requirement of the role. Please ensure that at least one of your referees is contactable at any time during the selection process, and is made aware that they will be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.

For enquiries regarding the vacancy or the applications process email LE28159@maths.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference LE28159 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing Date for Applications: 10 October 2021.

Interviews are expected to be held w/c 25 October 2021.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our Department.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.
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