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Linux systems manager and physics programmer

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

We invite applications for a Linux systems manager and physics programmer to manage the large Linux-based computer cluster and provide professional IT support to the Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics Group within the Department.
You will be the main point of contact for both staff and postgraduate students for IT related queries providing detailed information and guidance, diagnosing and solving technical problems. You will monitor and maintain IT equipment resolving issues with hardware and software, be responsible for procuring IT equipment and consumables and set up computers to user requirements. You will be required to work independently, organise your own workload and have a proactive approach to work.

You will be expected to participate in one of the research activities of the group. For this appointment we are looking for an individual who will join our dark matter group and will be working on the LUX- EPLIN (LZ) experiment. The LZ group in Sheffield is participating in the Monte Carlo modelling of the experiment and development of software tools for data analysis.
We expect a new member of the group to contribute to these efforts.

Job Description
Main Duties and Responsibilities
 Maintain the HEP group’s Linux servers, desktop machines and batch workers, dealing with any hardware, software, networking, or configuration issues that arise.
 Participate in the research activities within the LZ dark matter experiment, in particular in the development of software for data analysis and simulations, detector construction shifts and
other activities as defined by the group’s responsibilities.
 Manage the budget and procurement for the HEP group computing resources in consultation with the group leaders.
 Plan forward for evolving software and hardware requirements in the HEP group and endeavour to anticipate and prepare for the group’s future computing needs.
 Assist with the maintenance of the Tier-2 LHC grid servers and services which are partially integrated with the HEP servers and batch workers.
 On a best effort basis, assist with the maintenance and procurement of other computers and IT equipment used by the HEP group.
 Assist with preparation of reports and presentations, including to external research forums such as collaboration meetings and workshops.
 Read relevant research papers, journals and textbooks required to keep abreast of developments.
 Act as the main point of contact within the PPPA group to provide IT support to both staff and students within the group providing detailed information and advice to a wide range of queries, interpreting user requirements, diagnosing and solving technical problems, and escalating to the appropriate staff member where appropriate.
 Represent the group in any relevant external IT meetings both by phone conference and in person if necessary, using good communication skills and written submissions if needed.

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