Linux System Administrator: Culham Centre for Fusion Energy



The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) is the UK’s national laboratory for fusion research. CCFE is based at Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire, and is owned and operated by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority.

The 80-hectare site just south of Oxford was previously HMS Hornbill, a Fleet Air Arm airfield. Its conversion to a purpose-built fusion laboratory began in 1960 and was completed in 1965. Since then, Culham has made many major contributions to international fusion research and development. Today the UK fusion programme is centred on the innovative MAST (Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak) experiment and employs around 150 people. The programme is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the European Union under the EURATOM treaty.


The Centre is currently looking for: 

Linux Systems Administrator

“Do you want to help shape the future of the world’s energy? Nuclear fusion, the process that powers The Sun, can play a big part in our carbon-free energy future. The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) is part of the UK Atomic Energy Authority and is one of the world`s leading fusion research laboratories. Our scientists and engineers are working with partners around the globe to develop fusion as a new source of clean energy for tomorrow`s power stations.

The role is within the CODAS & IT (Control and Data Acquisition System and Information Technology) Department; CODAS & IT is responsible for the top-level (SCADA) software and hardware required for the Operation of JET, for the JET mass data store and for the UKAEA-wide IT systems – Office Computing, Site Networks and the Linux Clusters.

We are seeking a Linux system administrator to join our team to provide general support in the System Administration team, helping manage the day-to-day running of the UKAEA Linux based IT systems, associated storage systems and support services.

The main responsibilities of the role will include:

Respond to and resolve user requests (logged via the IT Helpdesk ticket system) where possible or escalate to higher level to ensure users` issues are being resolved
Ensure Linux based systems are being correctly monitored
Pro-actively manage system faults
Responsible for development and support of Linux installations
Responsible for planning, development and support of some system services

job Ref:    1599

Job Title:   Linux System Administrator

Job type:    Permanent Full Time
Location:   Culham, Oxfordshire
Salary:    £32,404 – £36,400 pa dependent on experience plus industry leading benefits including an outstanding pension scheme


Closing date:   16th August 2016


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