Ref. No.
NUIG 163-20
Closing Date
Friday 20th November 2020

System Administrator - Ref. No. NUIG 163-20

Opportunity for suitably qualified System Administrator

System Administrator Role at ICHEC NUIG 163-20

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed term position as a Linux System Administrator with The Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) at the National University of Ireland, Galway. This position is funded by ICHEC, is available from 1st December 2020 to contract end date 31st December 2021 and is located at ICHEC’s Dublin office but due to COVID-19 restrictions, successful applicants may be required to work from home initially. The closing data from receipt of applications is 4.00pm on Friday, 20th November 2020.

The Irish Centre for High-End Computing, is Ireland’s high-performance computing authority. We analyse complex data to provide intelligent solutions that deliver effective policy change. This means that we provide solutions to some of the toughest  challenges across public, academic and enterprise sectors in Ireland. Established in NUI, Galway in 2005, ICHEC's mission is to deliver complex compute solutions in partnership with Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), Enterprises and the Public Service on behalf of the State. ICHEC operates from offices in NUI,Galway and Dublin City Centre employing 40+ staff. ICHEC supports researchers to bring new solutions to the complex scientific and social challenges of today, provides essential data analysis to Public Service Bodies and supports SMEs through optimising data challenges. For further information about ICHEC please see our website here


Job Description

The successful candidate will join the ICHEC Systems Team in a stimulating and varied role providing a great opportunity to learn and develop new skills with exposure to a diverse set of exciting new technologies. The Systems Team oversees the successful operation of base infrastructure services at ICHEC in a predominantly Linux and Open Source ecosystem. This involves the management of virtual infrastructure, physical servers, HPC and large storage systems, spread across multiple datacentres with an increasing usage of public cloud services. The team is also responsible for delivering all internal ICT services including backups, web applications, email, Office 365, G-Suite, eduroam/WiFi, monitoring (e.g. Nagios, Grafana), logging (e.g. ELK stack), authentication (e.g. LDAP, SSO), issue tracking (e.g. RT, GitLab, Mantis), device management (e.g. Jamf, InTune) and video conferencing (e.g. Google Meet, Microsoft Teams). A core part of the team’s ethos is to streamline configuration management and automation through use of tools including Salt and Ansible.

The Systems Team values communication and knowledge sharing with daily standup meetings to discuss any immediate issues as well monthly planning meetings. Continuous improvement in service delivery is a core value and we are very open to new technology and processes.  We promote a healthy work/life balance and while work outside of standard hours may be required on occasion, it is rare and agreed in advance.

Qualifications/ Skills

  • Applicants must have a higher-level qualification in computational science/computer science, or a related discipline, or equivalent experience (min. 3+ yrs.).

Essential Requirements

  • Applicants must demonstrate the following skills profile:
  • Advanced Linux systems administration skills with at least 3 years practical experience.
  • Good knowledge of local area networking and network services such as DNS.
  • Good knowledge of security principles and practices.
  • Experience deploying configuration management and monitoring tools.
  • Systematic approach to trouble shooting and problem solving.
  • Applicants must have excellent communication and organisational skills; be highly motivated and able to work autonomously.

Salary: PostDoc Scale IUA €39,186 - €42,201 per annum           Start date: Position is available from 1st December 2020

Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Niall Wilson (

To Apply

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Please put reference number NUIG 163-20 in the subject line of e-mail applications.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 4.00 pm Friday 20th November 2020.

Interviews are planned for week 23rd November 2020

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  • We reserve the right to re-advertise or extend the closing date for this post.
  • National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

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