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HPC Engineer

European Bioinformatics Institute

Cambridge (United Kingdom)

Category: Other techies

Posted on: 12 Mar 2021

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EMBL-EBI is custodian to an ever increasing volume of data which is made publicly available and is processed internally via multiple HPC clusters, virtualization platforms and private & public clouds. This position offers you the chance to work with a great team, gain experience with a range of high end HPC hardware and storage.
Working as part of the 4 member Compute team, under the direction of the Head of Infrastructure, you will:



    Ensure the day-to-day operation, reliability, and integrity of EMBL-EBI’s HPC clusters, including schedulers, software, hardware and networking
    Recommend, design and deploy future EMBL-EBI HPC clusters and infrastructure, including both logical configuration and physical racking and cabling
    Automate the setup and configuration of clusters, using tools such as Ansible
    Support users and investigate and resolve complex issues where in-depth evaluation of various technical and non-technical factors is required
    Build positive relationships, communicating openly and professionally within the team and with stakeholders from the TSC and wider EMBL-EBI community
    Produce high quality documentation to support work done, and work actively to share knowledge within the team

You will work both collaboratively and with a reasonable degree of autonomy and regularly present your work back to collaborators and stakeholders to gather feedback. 


You have



    At least 5 year of experience with HPC cluster setup, configuration and maintenance
    Strong Linux administration skills, ideally with RHEL or a RHEL clone
    Strong skills with Linux automation frameworks such as Ansible
    Solid skills in at least one programming language, ideally python
    Solid interpersonal and written English communication skills

You might also have


Experience with the following would be desirable but not essential: 



    Modules environment configuration, ideally using SPACK
    Parallel storage technologies, such as Lustre, GPFS or BeeGFS
    Cloud technologies, including Google or AWS
    Experience working in an education or research environment
    Container technologies, ideally Singularity or Docker
    Methodologies for infrastructure monitoring.
    Job schedulers, ideally LSF and/or Slurm
    Experience with compiling from source and troubleshooting
    Various network technologies, such as ethernet and infiniband

Why join us


EMBL-EBI is a worldwide leader in bioinformatics. We encourage personal and professional development and are committed to ensuring our employees feel valued, supported and empowered to reach their potential at work.
Surrounded by beautiful South Cambridgeshire countryside, our state-of-the-art Campus provides employees with a relaxed atmosphere where the pursuit of scientific discovery and meaningful work, underpin every role. In addition, our employees have access to a wide range of benefits including:



    30 days annual leave per year plus 8 bank holidays
    Flexible work arrangements
    Unique pension scheme including 17% employer contribution
    Annual salary review
    Private medical insurance for you and your immediate family (including all prescriptions and generous dental & optical cover)
    Death benefit, long-term care, accident at work and unemployment insurances
    Relocation package including installation grant (if required)
    On-site library and subsidised on-site gym and cafeteria
    Casual dress code
    Free shuttle bus to and from Campus
    Extensive sports and social club activities (run on campus and remotely)
    Family benefits: Onsite nursery, child sick leave, generous parental leave, holiday clubs on campus and monthly family and child allowances
    Benefits for non-UK residents:Visa exemption, education grant for private schooling, financial support to travel back to your home country every second year and a monthly non-resident allowance

What else you need to know


This position is a 3 year contract, renewable to a maximum of 9 years. 
To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system. 
At EMBL-EBI, we strongly believe that inclusive and diverse teams benefit from higher levels of innovation and creative thought. We encourage applications from women, LGBTQ and individuals from all nationalities. Visa exemptions will be offered to international candidates and details will be discussed during interview.
This role is based in Hinxton, UK and you will be required to relocate once it is safe to do so if you are currently based abroad. More info on how we are recruiting in this period is available on our page: Recruitment and Onboarding during Covid19.


Job Source: Stackoverflow (Will expire by: 2021-04-26 00:00:00)
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