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Senior Linux and Systems Administrator

100%, Basel, permanent

D-BSSE has 350 international scientists of many disciplines. We focus on research in complex biological systems. Located in Basel, the Department is part of ETH Zurich, a world leading university for research in science and technology. D-BSSE’s mission is supported by its IT Services and Consulting (ITSC) team.

Job description

The core responsibilities will be the support and development of our Linux/Unix infrastructure, server and client systems (RHEL, Ubuntu, Solaris/OpenIndiana) and related software. This includes our deployment, configuration management and monitoring systems (PXE boot, Puppet, Centreon & Nagios).
We operate a local computational Grid, and various servers providing services to our customers (Web servers, databases, file transfer, numerical-processing). ITSC builds its services on its customers’ needs, so client Linux support and customer consulting are also a key part of this role.

Infrastructure support is collaboratively shared within ITSC, so this is also an opportunity to gain or bring wider technical experience, such as physical server maintenance and data-center support, SAN and virtualization support.

We offer an exciting opportunity to support and develop our Linux-based infrastructure and application systems, which underpin our multi-platform customer environment.

Your profile

Your experiences, skills and interests will have good overlap in the areas above, with at least 5 years’ experience. You will need fluency in a common scripting language (Bash, Python or Perl), networking/firewall and server hardware familiarity. Experience in a multiplatform server and client environment are also an advantage. Good communication in English is essential and German is highly desired. Technical course certification (e.g. LPIC, RHCE/RHCSA, ITIL) is also desired. An IT-related background education is an advantage, e.g. an apprenticeship or degree.

We are looking for people who are:

  • service and customer-focused
  • flexible team players with a communicative and positive approach to processes of quality and testing
  • enjoying challenges and like to share their knowledge

Creativity while seeking solutions and talent for improvisation complete your profile further.

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.
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We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • Motivational letter
  • CV
  • References
  • Certificates, qualifications, etc

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about D-BSSE can be found on our website. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Vernon Bailey via email (no applications).

For recruitment services the GTC of ETH Zurich apply.

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

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