System Admin

Job Reference:



System Admin

Closing Date:

Thursday, 30 March, 2017

Job Description:

About BSC

BSC-CNS (Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Centro Nacional de Supercomputación) is the National Supercomputing Facility in Spain and manages MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe. The mission of BSC-CNS is to investigate, develop and manage information technology in order to facilitate scientific progress. With this aim, special dedication has been taken to areas such as Computer Sciences, Life Sciences, Earth Sciences and Computational Applications in Science and Engineering

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Context and Mission of the role

The Operations Department ensures the continuous daily functioning of the RES supercomputers and remote access by users both within Spain and internationally. In addition to all the routine maintenance and operations tasks, the Department staff is also heavily involved in planning and designing new systems and support facilities. At the moment we are looking for a System administrator that will be in charge of the tasks below.



  • Responsible for the installation, maintenance, update and troubleshooting of servers and computer services center
  • Responsible for the application and management of hardware incidents of the supercomputer MareNostrum and the others BSC infrastructures
  • Support at a level systems to other clusters of the Spanish Supercomputing Network (RES)
  • Configuration and maintenance of the IT services of the center (email, database, backups, etc)
  • Support to European projects related to the operations department



  • Education
    •  Minimum university qualification required:  Diploma or technical degree, preferably in IT


  • Knowledge and professional experience
    • System Administration on UNIX (preferably Linux)
    • Configuration and service management
    • Advanced knowledge in the use of UNIX platforms, experience will be assessed on Linux
    • Experience of 1-2 years (min)



In order to be successful in this role the candidate should have:


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Ability to work in a professional environment within a multidisciplinary and international team



  • The position will be located at BSC within the Operations Department in collaboration with the specific program coordinator
  • A competitive salary will be provided, matched to the cost of living in Barcelona, depending on the value of the candidate
  • Duration of the contract: 1 year renewable
  • Starting date: asap


Applications Procedure


All applications must be done through the BSC website including:


  1. Motivation letter and a statement of interest, including two recommendation letters or contacts
  2. A full CV including contact details


Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment

BSC-CNS is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or any other basis protected by applicable state or local law



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