Linux Systems Administrator

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Business Area: Science, Software
Full Time Salary: £33,963 to £39,955 per annum (Discretionary range to £45,949)
Fixed term: 2 years
Provisional Interview Dates: 01/05/2020
Closing Date: 12/04/2020
Ref No: 10351

Grow your Linux skills at one of the world’s most advanced scientific facilities.

About Us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron; a huge scientific facility designed to produce very intense beams of X-rays, infrared and ultraviolet light. Our scientists use the light to study a vast range of subject matter, from new medicines and treatments for disease to innovative engineering and cutting-edge technology.

Diamond is one of the most advanced scientific facilities in the world, and its pioneering capabilities and talented staff are helping to keep the UK at the forefront of scientific research.

About the Role

We now have an excellent opportunity for a talented Linux Systems Administrator to join the Diamond Scientific Computing team and make a real contribution to cutting edge science while developing your career.

The team is responsible for all of the science-enabling computing that our researchers require to get the best results as quickly as possible. You will pitch in with any challenges that come our way, there is no limit to what you can learn. Innovation and creativity are encouraged, as well as a desire to automate as much as practically possible. Working independently and the ability to collaborate are key.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • Design, development, commissioning and operational support of high-performance computer and storage systems to support the scientific capabilities of Diamond.
  • Engaging closely with scientists, engineers and users to provide support and to inform the development of new systems.
  • Commission and diagnose faults in bespoke computer systems.
  • Developing automation tools for system administration tasks.
  • Contributing to the processes, associated software development and data management to support the design and operation of computer systems throughout Diamond.

A flexible approach to work is required with some out of hours working during peak times, along with occasional UK and overseas travel.

About You

You will be a keen problem solver with a desire to learn and expand your horizons.

You will be educated to degree level in a computing or science subject or demonstrate equivalent working experience.

You will have experience of systems administration of Linux or Unix and GNU, including experience of Linux command line and simple scripting.

You will also have experience of modern computer systems; common hardware configurations and management, along with experience of common network protocols such as PXE, DHCP, DNS and NAT.

Any experience of scripting languages such as Perl or Python are desirable, as is experience of remote administration of computer systems.

You will demonstrate good interpersonal, communication and presentational skills to interact with staff and facility users at all levels.


Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to ensure an excellent work/life balance including 25 days’ annual leave, 13 days statutory and company holidays, flexible working hours, an onsite nursery and restaurant, an excellent pension scheme, and social and sporting activities. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.

To Apply

Diamond is a thriving international organisation, attracting a diverse range of talented individuals from around the world. Our staff currently comprises 39 nationalities and we welcome applications from everyone interested in joining us.

Applicants are required to outline their suitability for this role via the online application process. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.

The closing date for applications is 12th April 2020, however, we encourage early applications as some candidates may be interviewed before this date.

Other information

Where relevant, and possible for the role, we will consider flexible working arrangements and secondment opportunities.

Diamond attract talented individuals from around the world and currently employ 39 different nationalities.  Reflecting trends in our sector we employ more men than women (78% men and 22% women as at 5 April 2019). Therefore, in accordance with law and good practice, we particularly welcome applications from suitably qualified women.

If you are disabled and would like to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme, please let us know via the online application process.

Diamond are members of Working Families (the UK’s work-life balance organisation), we have also achieved the Athena SWAN Bronze award and Disability Confident Level One.

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