Senior Infrastructure Engineer - Supercomputer Support

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10th May




£41,725 - £45,257



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We're looking for an exceptional Senior Infrastructure Engineer - Supercomputer Support to help us make a difference to our planet.

As our Senior Infrastructure Engineer, the job may be suitable for hybrid working, which is where an employee works part of the week in the office and part of the week from home. This is a voluntary, non-contractual arrangement and the location advertised will be your contractual place of work.

Our opportunity is full time, 37 hours per week. Our people are at the heart of what we do and we'll do our best to agree a working pattern that works for everyone.

World changing work

From science to technology, from meteorology to management, and from planning to communication, our expertise helps us stand out as the authority on weather accuracy and climate prediction. We help individuals, industries and government to make better decisions to stay safe and thrive. This is the Met Office. This is who we are.

  • We're a force for good - focusing on our environmental and social impact

  • We're experts by nature - always learning and developing to do things better

  • We live and breathe it - putting our purpose at the heart of decision-making

  • We're better together - understanding partnerships and inclusivity make us greater

  • We keep evolving - pushing boundaries to make tomorrow better for our customers

Your world of expertise

The Supercomputer Support Team is responsible for managing the operating systems and core application software of the Met Office supercomputer complex. The estate currently comprises of one test, one development and two large operational Cray XC40 systems located at Exeter HQ. Our largest Cray XC40 supercomputer is dedicated to research and collaboration and is located at the Exeter Science Park.

We are currently in the process of replacing our current systems with next-generation HPE Cray EX supercomputer systems which will come online in the next year as part of our agreement with Microsoft to deliver supercomputer capability for the next 10 years.

Your key duties

As a Linux System Administrator (Supercomputer) in our Supercomputer Support Team, you will support, monitor and manage the supercomputer users and systems which in turn support the running of our meteorological forecast and climate prediction models.

Additionally, you will work, as part of the team, delivering the next-generation HPE Cray EX supercomputer.

Why join us

Our work is life-changing, often life-saving and always life-enhancing. The Met Office is accredited as a 'Great Place to Work UK 2023' and in addition has achieved a place on both the UK's 'Best Workplaces in Tech' and 'Best Workplaces for Women' lists.

As our Senior Infrastructure Engineer, your total reward package will be up to £62,939 annually, which includes:

  • £41,725 base pay

  • An outstanding Civil Service pension, with an average employer contribution of 27%

  • Recruitment Retention Allowance (RRA) you will be paid £5,300 per annum as a market supplement to reflect the demand for your skills. Whilst in post, you will be paid this market driven allowance from April 2024 until September 2025 in your monthly pay

  • Annual Leave starting at 27.5 days (plus Bank Holidays) rising to 32.5 days (plus Bank Holidays) after 5 years and option to buy or sell up to 5 days per year of annual leave

Essential Criteria, skills and experience:

  1. Experience of system administration; running and managing a high performance computing environment, catering for the needs of many users with a mixture of business critical and research workloads to deliver a high quality service. Ideally in the SuSE Linux environment (Expert by nature)

  2. Experience of configuring and managing shared system resources in a multi-user environment, such as allocation of compute resources, managing job priorities, setting and managing group and individual disk quotas

  3. Experience of configuring and troubleshooting a high performance computing schedular, PBS or SLURM

  4. Proven analytical ability and problem-solving skills for complex technical issues in an multi-user environment. (We live and breathe it)

  5. Experience of working in an ITIL-based support environment to deliver a high quality, high availability service for all the system users

How to apply

If you share our values, we'd love to hear from you. Apply below using your CV and a Cover Letter/Supporting Statement with evidence against each of the essential criteria. We recommend candidates use the CARL method (Context, Action, Result and Learning) for presenting evidence of experience and skills.

Closing date Monday 27/05/2024 at 23:59 with first stage interviews commencing from 10/06/2024. You will hear from us once the closing date has passed.

How we can help

If you are considering applying and need support to do so, please contact us via . You can request adjustments either within your application or by contacting us. Should you be offered an interview, please be aware there may be a selection exercise which could include a presentation, written test or a scenario-based activity. You can select in your application to be considered under the Disability Confident Scheme. To be invited to interview/assessment under this scheme, your application must meet the essential criteria for the role.

We understand that great minds don't always think alike and as an equal opportunities employer we welcome applications from those with all protected characteristics. We recruit on merit, fairness, and open competition in line with the Civil Service Code.

We can only accept applications from those eligible to live and work in the UK - please refer to GOV.UK for information. We require Security clearance, for which you need to have resided in the UK for at least 3 of the last 5 years to be eligible. You will need to achieve full security clearance within your first 6 months with us.

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