Bio-Data Systems Administrator

Imperial College London
Job Location
South Kensington Campus
United Kingdom
Salary range: £43,980 - £53,160 per annum (not including discretionary points)

generous annual leave, employer comtribution pension scheme.

Job Description

The UK MED-BIO project is a 6.8 million pound project at Imperial College London recently funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) as part of its Medical Informatics initiative. It will ensure state-of-the-art capability and capacity in support of the rapid advances in ‘omics, e-Health and medical bioinformatics leading to major advances in understanding the aetiology and pathogenesis of chronic disease. Through this initiative, we are establishing a major medical bioinformatics data centre at Imperial College London with access for its partners and other academic researchers through secure, managed portals. The system offers multi-petabyte scale tiered storage accessed by multiple compute systems.

We seek a motivated systems administrator with extensive experience in large scale data systems in a linux-based environment and ideally in research-based bio-computing who is seeking a challenging role in developing, implementing and maintaining the storage and data management infrastructure for a large HPC-based bio-medical compute resource.

The post will have primary responsibility for day-to-day provision of the UK MED-BIO service. The major focus of the role is storage-centric – to manage all aspects of the multi-petabyte storage system that forms the central MED-BIO infrastructure. Other aspects of the role may require Linux system administration of a small number of servers for the project, and provision of the MED-BIO software and user environment. The post holder will receive additional assistance from a full-time project bioinformatician and key ICT support teams, including the HPC group.

The post is full-time and fixed term until the 31st March 2019, in the first instance and will be based at the South Kensington Campus.


You should have a degree (and preferably a higher degree) in an appropriate technical, scientific, or engineering discipline, extensive experience in setting up and maintaining, administering, and provisioning disk-based large-scale compute storage systems, also tape-based backup and archiving systems in a linux-based environment.

The following are also desirable: experience in operating high-performance parallel file system technologies such as GPFS, also object-based storage, iRODs, and/or virtualisation technology, in depth technical knowledge of Linux operating system, scripting languages (e.g. Python, Perl),  and R statistical environment, recent practical skills in administering and managing Linux servers in an enterprise environment, and knowledge of and previous experience of using and maintaining bioinformatics software, bio-data formats and/or standards.

You should have substantial experience of working in service development and delivery in a scientific environment and successfully managing complex stakeholder relationships, using highly-developed interpersonal skills and excellent judgement to balance demands, with the competency to take the initiative in delivering the infrastructure. Ability and eagerness to meet new objectives and learn new skills are also important.

How to Apply

For further information, please contact Dr Sarah Butcher ([email protected]), full job details are available from the website below.

Our preferred method of application is online via our website at (please select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form  and a CV as directed quoting reference number SM203-15AL.

Alternatively, if you are unable to apply online, please email [email protected] to request an application form.

Closing Date: 20 September 2015 (Midnight BST)

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