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We now have an opportunity to join the SSCC Scientific Computing Team for a talented Systems Administrator who will benefit from excellent career development opportunities.

Computer Systems Administrator

Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire

Salary £33,963 to £45,949 per annum, dependent upon skills and experience

Full time / Flexible hours considered.

Reference: 10724

About Us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron; a huge scientific facility designed to produce very intense beams of X-rays, infrared and ultraviolet light. Our scientists use the light to study a vast range of subject matter, from new medicines and treatments for disease to innovative engineering and cutting-edge technology.

The Diamond Scientific Software, Controls and Computation (SSCC) division provides an extensive computing infrastructure that supports our Scientists in their efforts to capture experimental information, process and visualise terabytes of multidimensional data on the fly, and apply complex mathematical, fitting or theoretical models to interpret their results. 

About the Role

We now have an opportunity to join the SSCC Scientific Computing Team for a talented Systems Administrator who will benefit from excellent career development opportunities.

The Scientific Computing Team designs, commissions and maintains all of the infrastructure required to enable the operation of the Diamond machine, data collection, data analysis and archival. This ranges from high performance computing hardware, through virtualisation and containerised solutions to cloud computing on and off premises.

We are looking for someone who will engage with our scientists and engineers to make best use of modern development and deployment practices and provide best of breed solutions and support. The technical landscape changes at a relentless pace, providing opportunities for an innovative Systems Administrator to improve performance, resilience and quality of infrastructure.

Working within a close-knit and highly skilled group, you will collaborate and have the opportunity to support and develop other team members, and to create new projects. Your experience and underlying knowledge will permeate throughout the wider team, leading initiatives and inspiring others. You will have special responsibility to manage the computing requirements of the Diamond controls engineers.

You will help us to incorporate new methods, technologies and ways of working. You will help us adopt best practice in terms of security, and you will contribute to the long term future of Diamond as a world leading scientific research facility.

Through the collaborative nature of Diamond and tis role, staff have opportunities to learn about the science carried out within Diamond and underlying technologies. You will also have access to Pluralsight to support training and your career development.

About You

You will hold a degree in a STEM subject or demonstrate significant equivalent experience.

You will be an experienced Systems Administrator with experience including:

  • Modern computer systems; common hardware configurations, management of same.
  • Common network protocols such as PXE, DHCP, DNS and NAT and administration of these.
  • Linux command line and simple scripting and the ability to write scripts in bash and/or other languages (e.g. python).
  • Developing and deploying production grade infrastructure.
  • Configuration management and DevOps tooling is desirable. 

You will display good interpersonal, communication and presentational skills to interact effectively with staff at all levels. 


Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to support staff in achieving a positive work/life balance. This includes 25 days annual leave plus 13 days of statutory and company holidays, along with flexible working hours and an excellent pension scheme. Staff also have access to a range of amenities on site including a nursery, cafes, a restaurant and sports and leisure facilities. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.

To Apply

Please use the online application process to apply and tell us why you believe you are suitable for this role.

The closing date for applications is 6th February 2022