Systems Engineer (GridPP) Ref 8832

School/department: IT Services
Hours: Full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need)
Contract: Fixed term for three years
Reference: 8832
Salary: starting at £35,333 to £42,155 per annum
Placed on: 05 July 2022
Closing date:  19 August 2022.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: TBC
Expected start date: As soon as possible


Job description

Under the leadership of its Experimental Particle Physics (EPP) group, Sussex participates in the worldwide Large Hadron Collider Computing Grid (WLCG), and runs a certified GridPP Tier-2 site supporting LHC ATLAS experiment.

The University also operates a local Linux High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster used by researchers from across the disciplines that comprise our active computational science community.

The Systems Engineer (GridPP) role-holder will be responsible for the successful operation of the existing GridPP infrastructure at Sussex, as well as for its ongoing development in response to stakeholders’ requirements, both from the department of Physics at Sussex as well as from the broader GridPP community.

Working as a full member of the Research Platforms team in IT Services, the role-holder will also act as a first point of contact for the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) School with regard to their wider research computing needs.  They will provide specialist technical and service support for all aspects of HPC including the installation and maintenance of analysis software used by MPS School research groups.

This is a key role with critical service delivery responsibilities and will involve a high level of day to day engagement with researchers across various communication channels. It also requires collaboration with research leaders, as well as external partners and peers. The role is highly service focused, ensuring that MPS research computing platforms and services are supported and maintained in accordance with agreed service levels, and to meet evolving needs.

The post holder is required to proactively own, investigate and resolve complex technical issues using their problem solving and full range of technical skills, while benefitting from the support of team and divisional colleagues. They will manage daily tasks using a combination of ITIL service management tools, processes and policies, as well as using agile ‘Kanban’ methods and related software (Jira) for and workload planning. The post holder will also have the opportunity to participate in the delivery of important project work in line with the University’s Enabling Research Technology Strategy.

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual with the right blend of broad technical skills and professional capabilities to progress in the exciting world of High-Performance Computing. You will be joining a welcoming and dynamic team and an IT division that is taking forward a major programme of digital transformation works. Full training and development will be provided as required.

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.

Please contact Michelle Richardson (michelle.richardson@sussex.ac.uk) or Rebecca Churchill (r.churchill@sussex.ac.uk) in the first instance for informal enquiries.

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 the full job description and person specification (reference number 8832)

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

Visa Sponsorship Queries:

This role may be eligible for sponsorship. For a job to be eligible for sponsorship it needs to be assigned an eligible SOC code & meet minimum salary requirements and be full time. Please contact HRCompliance@sussex.ac.uk so they can check if this role can be assigned to an eligible SOC code and meets the minimum salary requirements. You can also consult our Skilled Worker Visa Information page for further information

Please note that this position may be subject to ATAS clearance if you require visa sponsorship


How to apply

Download our professional services application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 203.00KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to ITSrecruitment@sussex.ac.uk 

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as google.docs 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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