Linux Systems Analyst

School/department: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Hours: full-time or part-time hours considered from 0.5 FTE up to a maximum of 1 FTE. Requests
for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business
need).  If you would like to discuss flexible working options, please
contact Cassandra Churchwell: or Fabrizio Salvatore:
Contract: permanent 
Reference: 0365 
Salary: starting at £33,199 and rising to £39,609 per annum with options for discretionary
increases possible thereafter.

Placed on: 09 November 2018
Closing date: 11 December 2018.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected interview date: TBC
Expected start date: As soon as possible

Job description

Applications are invited for a Linux System Administrator position in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) at the University of Sussex. The post, which is permanent and full time, is mainly to support the Experimental Particle Physics (EPP) group in the Physics & Astronomy department, and other research groups in the Mathematics and Physics departments at Sussex.

The Sussex HPC cluster currently has 115 QDR Infiniband connected nodes and 3400 cores, 600TB of Lustre parallel file storage and over 300TB of NFS storage. It is managed by Bright Cluster Manager and uses the Univa Grid Engine batch scheduler. This resource is jointly managed by MPS system administrators and IT Services.

Under the leadership of the EPP group, Sussex is fully integrated within the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG), and a certified GridPP Tier-2 site (part of the SouthGrid branch of GridPP), supporting the ATLAS Virtual Organization (VO) amongst others. Sussex also maintains a Tier-3 Linux cluster, mainly for the use of the EPP group. In Mathematics, thanks to a long-standing tradition as well as newly hired members of staff, the computational and applied mathematics groups employ important research-oriented software, mostly Linux/Unix-based, in the development and application of computational models.

The new system analyst will be responsible for the successful operation of existing research computing facilities, as well as for the purchasing, installation, integration, and maintenance of new resources that may be acquired over time for research use. The successful candidate will research and identify optimal solutions for the relevant computing systems by liaising with user research groups in MPS, with other technical personnel within the School and the Sussex IT Services (ITS), as well as with computing and Grid experts from collaborating institutes. The new system analyst will also support the day-to-day running of the core computing services of the user research groups, including workstations and their peripherals, and contribute actively to the long-term development of the computing strategy of MPS. 

Informal enquiries about this post may be addressed to Dr Fabrizio Salvatore (

Download job description and person specification Ref 0365 [PDF 137.49KB]

How to apply

Download our non-academic application form [DOC 183.00KB] and personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 162.50KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email (don't use a web-based upload/weblink service) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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