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  • 1 December 2014
    7 January 2015

    Nikhef, the Dutch national institute for subatomic physics, has an opening for an

    Infrastructure Administrator

    The Organisation

    Nikhef is the national institute for subatomic physics in the Netherlands. It is a collaboration between four Dutch universities and the funding agency FOM and offers a vibrant setting for cutting edge scientific research. Nikhef employs about 295 people, of whom about 195 physicists. The Nikhef laboratory provides excellent technical equipment and is staffed with 75 technicians and engineers. The institute coordinates and supports major activities in experimental subatomic physics in the Netherlands, such as the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Nikhef also participates in experiments in the research fields of gravitational waves, cosmic rays and astroparticle physics. Knowledge and technology transfer to third parties, i.e. industry, society and the general public, is an integral part of Nikhef's mission. Nikhef has its own state-of-the-art data centre for internal as well as external customers.

    The Challenge

    The Physics Data Processing (PDP) group deals with scalable ICT infrastructures used as scientific instruments. The group focusses on scalability R&D (massive multi-core computing, GPGPU, and distributed data management), and scalable multi-domain security (identity management, access control and provisioning, and cross-domain operational security and incident response). The group is responsible for operating a local data centre, which comprises thousands of computing cores and petabytes of storage. These computing resources serve both local and remote international scientific users.

    We are looking for an infrastructure administrator to join the team responsible for our advanced scientific compute and storage systems. Your tasks include the installation and configuration of the Linux-based servers and their grid middleware software, monitoring the stability of the systems and services, providing support to end users and troubleshooting. Your challenge is to work in an environment where change is an inherent property of the stable systems.


    The successful candidate:

    • possesses good communicative skills;
    • can work both independently and in a team;
    • is responsible, flexible and pro-active;
    • has at least a bachelor's degree (HBO) in computer science or comparable technical education;
    • has demonstrable experience in administration of clusters of Linux systems;
    • has good knowledge of scripting languages like bash, perl and/or python;
    • is fluent in English and Dutch, or willing to learn Dutch.

    Conditions of employment

    The candidate will initially be employed by the FOM foundation for a period of one year, with the option of extension. The gross monthly salary will be between € 2.600,= and € 3.804,=, excluding 8% vacation allowance, and a 13th month. The secondary benefits FOM has to offer are excellent.The starting salary depends on education level and experience. The conditions of employment of the FOM-foundation are laid down in the Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centers (cao-Onderzoekinstellingen), more information is available at the website

    Information & Application

    If you have questions concerning this position, please send a mail to vacancies-ct[AT]nikhef[DOT]nl or call Ronald Starink, head of the Computer Technology Department (tel. +31205922271). We should receive your application no later than January 7, 2015. Please submit your application by visiting the link provided below; be ready to upload your cv and motivation letter.

    All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. We only accept applications submitted directly via the candidates. We also respectfully request unqualified candidates to refrain from submitting an application.

    For the complete advertisement and application details, please visit

  • 23 October 2014
    31 January 2015

    The Diamond Light Source, the UK’s national synchrotron science facility, is looking for a software systems engineer: