IT Systems – System Administrator

Reference: CD-CS-2018-06

Deadline: 2018/11/01


The Consortium for Construction, Equipment and Exploitation of the Synchrotron Light Laboratory (CELLS)
is jointly funded by the Spanish Government through its Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades
(Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities) and the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Autonomous
Government) through its Departament d’Empresa i Coneixement (Ministry of Business and Knowledge).

The accelerator was commissioned in 2011 and the Beamlines started official operations in May 2012.
The installation operates 24/6, about 6000 hours a year. The control systems for the accelerators
complex and all beamlines use common IT infrastructure and reuse most hardware and software.
However, every beamline and laboratory requires particular developments for fast data acquisition and
on-line data analysis.
CELLS offers you, a unique opportunity to participate in this undertaking as part of a dynamic team with
many possibilities in a great environment. Come and join us! 

The IT Systems Section consists of 9 staff members. The section is part of the Computing and Controls
division with its 50 staff members.


Being part of the IT Systems Section of the ALBA Computing Division (with currently 9 permanent
positions) will be co-responsible for the administration (project, installation, maintenance and
support) of the ALBA IT Systems computers and networks and the related services like: application
hosting, authentication, backup & archive, configuration management, desktop virtualization, network,
personal and industrial computing, printing, remote access, server hosting, IT security, data storage,
help desk & HPC, giving support to the whole research facility including the beamlines and the particle


- University degree in Computer Science or Telecommunications or other discipline of proven similar
  technological capacities.
- 2+ years of professional experience as System Administrator are an asset.
- Experience in a research or High Performance Computing center is considered an advantage.
- Knowledge and experience working with IT System services (ITIL), project management (PRINCE2)
  or Agile methodologies will be considered an asset.
-  A good level of English both written and spoken is required

Valued abilities and experience (All categories and products appreciated. Most valued first. 
Not all required) 

+ Valued abilities and experience (All categories and products appreciated. Most valued first. 
Not all required):

-  HPC (High Performance Computing) clusters for data analysis with scientific-software.
   Slurm, MPI, SaltStack, Cobbler/Foreman/Maas, containers with Singularity/Docker,…
-  Data Storage systems: High performance NAS, CIFS/NFS3-4 shares w/ common ACLs, RAID mgmt., SDS,
   Scale-out, Parallel filesystems, Hitachi HNAS, “NetApp” FAS, BeeGFS, GPFS, SSD/NVMe & tiering, Lustre,
   Gluster, CephFS, ZFS, SAN,...
-  Virtualization: OpenStack, hybrid clouds, docker containers orchestration (Rancher/Kubernetes/Swarm),
   Xen/XenServer/XenDeskop/XenApp, Vmware, KVM,… 
-  Advanced Server administration - Linux & Windows
-  Distributed configuration management & provisioning: valued SaltStack, Cobbler/Foreman/Maas, Windows
   SCCM/AD GPOs, git,...
-  Monitoring: Nagios/Icinga, Observium/LibreNMS, Collectd/Grafana, ELK, KPIs & log management tools.
-  User Directory: OpenLDAP & Active Directory
-  Scripting: shell scripts, python, PowerShell, perl, Lmod,…
-  Networking: RADIUS, DNS, DHCP, VLANs, VPNs, Citrix Netscaler, SDN, etc. - “Extreme Networks” switches
   & Aruba APs specially valued
-  Linux Cups print + Windows print sharing.
-  IT security & GPDR
-  Backup and archive: ASG Atempo/ADA, Intellisnap/ComVault, remote custody. Backups to Tape libraries
   or public clouds like AWS S3, Glacier, Azure…
-  DB Admin: mysql, MS SQL Server, Cassandra.
-  Desktop administration & deployment:
-  Windows, Linux and Mac OS clients
-  Virtualization (VDI) for windows & linux (i.e. XenDesktop)
-  Application publishing i.e. Citrix XenApp 
-  User support: Helpdesk & Oncall

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