Research Computing Officer (Linux & Mac) Ref 9982

School/department: School of Engineering and Informatics (Informatics Systems Team) – Technical Services
Hours: Full time Hours considered up to a maximum of 36.5 hours per week. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Location: Falmer, Brighton, United Kingdom
Contract: Permanent
Reference: 9982
Salary: starting at £32,411 rising to £36,333 per annum, pro rata if part time.
Placed on:  04 April 2023
Closing date:  22 May 2023. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: to be confirmed
Expected start date: as soon as possible

Job description

An exciting opportunity for a Research Computing Officer (Linux & Mac) has arisen. We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic IT support professional to provide dedicated support for cutting-edge research and teaching. Applicants will have experience of supporting macOS, iOS, and Linux OSs such as Ubuntu and AlmaLinux, some experience with cloud computing environments (Microsoft Azure, AWS, Google Cloud, Oracle Cloud, OpenStack), Containers and VMs, and familiarity with Linux and macOS systems in a professional research milieu.

You will join a vibrant environment with a broad range of research and teaching including computer science, artificial intelligence, machine and deep learning, digital media technology, consciousness research, creative technologies, and human computer interaction. An emphasis on interdisciplinary work leads to many collaborative projects across the University and with commercial partners. You will work closely with staff and students to deliver their goals. The scope and dynamic nature of the activities ensures the role requires a diverse and specialist set of IT skills and the ability to engage with those supporting other platforms.

One element of the role is the configuration, deployment, and maintenance of macOS and Linux systems and applications. With over 150 managed macOS and nearly 75 Linux devices, you will be expected to have experience with tools – such as Puppet, Ansible, Slurm, Adobe Remote Update Manager (RUM), Proxmox, Foreman, and Munki Tools – that enable efficient and systematic management of devices on this scale.

You will also be supporting our Media Technology Laboratory (MTL)—used for teaching, research, and development it includes broadcast studios and post-production facilities, with macOS being the primary computing platform. Familiarity with the workflows and equipment used in such an environment is highly desirable and you will likely have experience of integrating Apple equipment with both professional and consumer-grade audio and video equipment.  You will be expected to attend and provide support for a range of external, off-site broadcasts.

For informal inquiries please contact Paul Keene, Senior Research Computing Officer (Linux & Mac), Department of Informatics, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QJ, UK:

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine, and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download job description and person specification 9982 [PDF 142.21KB]

The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

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How to apply

Download our professional services application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 203.00KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOCX 65.11KB] 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 in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as or .pages) 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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