Vacancy System Administrator Data Preservation Services


Are you an experienced sysadmin that likes to run smooth and secure large-scale storage systems but also gets a kick out of testing the limits? Do you want to contribute to the operationalisation of software components, from wild conceptual ideas to deployed stable environments? Do you want to use these skills to support national and international scientific communities and make scientific research future-proof?

About SURF and the Data Preservation Services team

SURF is the collaborative ICT organization for Dutch education and research. SURF works with education and research institutions on ICT facilities and ICT innovation to make the most of the opportunities of digitization. SURF also supports research and education through innovation and service development, by leveraging its expertise in High Performance Computing, Data Processing and Data Services.

As a System Administrator you will be part of the Data Preservation Services team at SURF. This team runs, among other services, the SURF Data Archive, a tape library with more than 100 petabytes of research data, and a backup and restore service for our internal systems. The Data Archive plays a central role in the long-term storage and retrieval of scientific research data in the Netherlands and Europe, particularly in fields with very large volumes of data, e.g. the LHC at CERN and the LOFAR telescope at ASTRON. The team falls within the Research Services department that is also home to the team responsible for the Dutch national supercomputer Snellius.

SURF has a very diverse, dynamic, and open environment. It is unique in providing its employees with an opportunity to innovate and experiment with state-of-the-art technology on a very large scale, while also developing and maintaining highly reliable infrastructure and services for researchers on a national and international level.

What does this job entail?

As a System Administrator in the DPS team, you will help operate the SURF Data Archive and other long-term data preservation services at SURF. You will work together with colleagues to develop and further operationalise new services supporting catered towards long-term preservation of Research Data and based on the principles of FAIR Research Data Management and Open Science. You will also work on integrations with SURF’s high-performance computing and data infrastructure and infrastructure on a European level.

We are looking for a colleague that will be part of our core operations team. As an ideal candidate, you are passionate about technology and know how to operate a stable, secure, and reliable infrastructure. You are reliable and conscientious, but also curious and thorough. You have excellent attention to detail and can be counted on to deliver. You are keen and eager to learn and experiment with new technologies and keep up with developments in the field, but you also carefully scrutinize any unnecessary change that can affect the integrity or reliability of the systems you are responsible for. You work in harmony in a small close-knit team of technical colleagues, ensuring trust and redundancy. You also work well with colleagues who help with the support and communication of the services and can explain the technical concepts on a functional level to them.

What are you going to do exactly?

  • Develop, maintain, and improve long-term preservation services and infrastructure (full stack);
  • Focused on services for backup and restore, archiving, and persistent identifiers;
  • Automating deployments;
  • Implementing CI/CD pipelines;
  • Improve monitoring;
  • Experimenting with new technologies and keeping up-to-date on developments in the field;
  • Maintain contact with suppliers and other (international) institutes and organisations similar to SURF on data storage;
  • Integrating services within the European Open Science Cloud.

We ask

  • Hbo/wo working and thinking level;
  • 5+ years ofexperience in operating and maintaining Unix / Linux environments;
  • Experience using programming or scripting languages, preferably Python;
  • Preferably knowledge of storage or backup and restore technologies (IBM Storage Protect and Tape storage systems), networking (specifically SAN), disk storage systems (e.g. NetApp E series or IBM Flashsystem), GitLab CI/CD;
  • Not required, but would be a plus: Configuration Management tools (e.g. SaltStack, Ansible, ..), containerization tools (e.g. Docker), virtualisation (e.g. KVM), cloud services (e.g. AWS SAM, EC2, …);
  • Willing and eager to learn new technologies as needed;
  • Fluency in English, both speaking and writing skills. A good command of the Dutch language is required, but fluency in Dutch is a plus.

We offer

  • A varied and challenging job for 32 to 40 hours (0.8 - 1.0 fte) in an informal and collegial atmosphere with a high level of ambition;
  • Extensive training opportunities and excellent fringe benefits;
  • A salary range of 4189 - 6875 EUR gross based on full-time;
  • 8.33% vacation allowance, a fixed year-end bonus of 8.33%;
  • 36 vacation days per year (based on a 40-hour work week);
  • A good pension plan with PNO media, where you yourself contribute only 1/8th of the premium and SURF contributes 7/8ths;
  • An NS Business Card 1st class;
  • The opportunity for hybrid work and you will receive a home office allowance on work-at-home days;
  • Two great locations, in Amsterdam and Utrecht, both with good public transport facilities. Your main location will be: Amsterdam. Our Amsterdam office is located at the Amsterdam Science Park, with good public transport facilities nearby;
  • A contract for one year initially, with the intention of converting to permanent employment after one year.

SURF takes great pleasure in doing its recruitment itself; acquisition is therefore not appreciated.

* Not so fun fact: research shows that women and people from minority groups only apply for jobs when they meet all the requirements. Men apply if they can meet (only) 60% of the requirements. That's why we want to hear from you even if you're not sure if you're 100% qualified.

Science Park 140, 1098 XG, Amsterdam, Netherlands
€4189 - €6875
Hours per week
32 to 40 hours
29 February 2024
Inhoudelijke vragen
Sara Ramezani
Vragen over procedure
Aram Verweij

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