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Science and Technology Facilities Council
Salary: £30782 - £33459
Location: Didcot
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Manufacturing
Category: Software Jobs
Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 - £33,459
Grade: UKRI - Band D
Contract Type: Fixed Term (3 years)
Hours: Full Time/Part Time minimum 25 hours per week/Flexible hours considered
Closing date: 25th August 2019


The Harwell campus of the Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) is home to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) and to the UK research community’s large-scale experimental Facilities. These are the Diamond Synchrotron and Electron Microscopy facilities and the ISIS neutron and muon accelerator, Researchers from universities and from industry use these facilities to attack a very wide range of scientific applications ranging from determining protein structures to the physics of materials.

In the last decade, experiments performed at these facilities have become much more complex and now generate very large volumes of scientific data. Increasingly, researchers need support and assistance in all aspects of data management, from the generation and acquisition of the datasets on-site at the facilities, the use of advanced data analytics to extract new science from their data, right through to data curation and archiving.

The Data Analysis as a Service (DAaaS) team in the SCD have been set up to work with colleagues in the facilities and their user communities. The team provide leading analysis framework, bringing together the users’ data and software supported by the STFC Cloud.

About the role

We now have an excellent opportunity to for a DevOps Engineer in this growing team. You will join our ambitious team and work collaboratively with the Software Developers and Service Manager.

You will gain deep, hands-on expertise with the latest and the most popular DevOps tools and practices, as you help deliver solutions to some of the world’s biggest and innovative science experiments.

You will build your overall technology architecture expertise by teaming side-by-side with our experts in other modern engineering disciplines such as the Cloud, using an agile approach.

We are looking for people who must be self-driven, bright, ambitious, passionate, a strong communicator, able to work efficiently and across various teams and platforms.

The post is based at the STFC Rutherford Laboratory in Oxfordshire.

* experience in the management of Linux (RHEL/SL/CENTOS) machines, ideally in a production environment
* providing operational support for the STFC Cloud
* onboard new user communities to the Cloud
* deploy and test new upgrades of the OpenStack platform
* carry out performance tuning and optimisation
* diagnose and manage the most complex and challenging of software problems, where necessary interacting with upstream developers and users to understand problems and obtain resolution
* automate use of system tools and routine operations
* experience of performance and exception monitoring tools, particularly Nagios, InfluxDB, Logstash and Elastic Search
* experience working in a 24/7 production environment
* relevant training in the operation of a production OpenStack Cloud will be provided.

Technical Skills Required

* service support – the use of DevOps and Continuous Delivery concepts as part of an effective support operation
* approaches and tooling for automated build, delivery and release of software
* knowledge of and exposure to automation techniques and tools e.g. GIT, Ansible
* experience of technical architecture i.e. the design and delivery of IT systems
* experience of agile delivery methodology
* working within a structured environment, including the use of structured methods and approaches and modern development tools
* understanding of software development cycles
* understanding of Linux systems
* knowledge of Nagios, Icinga, Ganglia and/or Grafana
* exposure to incident management - oversee and drive the diagnosis, root cause and fix the incident.

Personal Skills and Attributes

* ability to work in a large-scale production IT environment
* excellent communication skills and ability to work in a team
* ability to work independently and manage small projects
* analytical thinking and problem solving
* results focus - "owns the problem" and manages through to resolution.

Any other Relevant Information

* UK and overseas travel when required
* taking a routine share in an on-call work system providing out of hours cover.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.
The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria

The following criteria will either be assessed at Shortlisting (S) Interview (I) or both stages (S&I)


* experience in a DevOps and Continuous Delivery role (S)
* approaches and tooling for automated build, delivery and release of software (I)
* knowledge or exposure to automation techniques and tools e.g. GIT, Ansible (S)
* working within a structured environment, including the use of structured methods and approaches and modern development tools (S&I)
* understanding of software development cycles (I)
* understanding of Linux systems (S&I)
* knowledge of Nagios, Icinga, Ganglia and/or Grafana (I)
* excellent communication skills and ability to work in a team. (I)


* experience delivering high availability services to external customers (S&I)
* experience of agile delivery methodology (I)
* Linux admin and shell scripting (S&I)
* application monitoring and log analytics tools (S&I)
* experience working in a scientific computing environment (S)
* managing data workflows (S&I)
* experience working in a 24/7 production environment (I)
* degree in a scientific or computing discipline or relevant experience (S)
* occasional UK and Overseas travel. (I)

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK. At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK.

The closing date for applications is 25th August 2019, however early applications are encouraged as applicants will be reviewed and considered on an on-going basis.

Online applications only. Please submit a covering letter and CV ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Please note that failure to address the above criteria or submitted without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.

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