Linux Systems Engineer

  • Jisc
  • Harwell, Oxfordshire
  • Feb 15, 2019
Python SQL Java PHP

Job Description

Harwell, Oxfordshire Jisc

Salary: from £42,000 per annum when working full time (35 hours a week)

Location: Harwell

About us

Jisc is helping to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of innovation within UK education and research - by mobilising the very best people and technologies in the application of digital thinking, digital content and connectivity.

It's our vision to enable the UK to become the most digitally-advanced education and research nation in the world. It's a bold statement, but one that we're determined to fulfil.

We want Jisc to be a great place to work. A place where people make a difference to our members, feel valued and have fun - how we work is a vital part of that. Our values are our guiding principles. They define how we work and help us to do what we do so well. Our values are:

  • Pride: We have pride in what we do but aren't arrogant or complacent
  • Passion: Our passion drives everything we do
  • Pace: We deliver at the right pace to meet the needs of our members and each other
  • Trust: You can trust us to deliver on our promises
  • Teamwork: We are one team and teamwork makes us better

About the role

We are looking for a new Linux systems engineer for our Cyber Security Team.

You will be part of a team responsible for the maintenance, operation, development and implementation of technologies, systems and networks as the team modernises and automates both new and existing systems and services. You will ensure that multiple teams in the cyber security division and wider divisions across the company are supported with the relevant infrastructure and systems for current and future business needs.

The Cyber security division consists of a number of teams, including the Security Operations Centre, professional services and Infrastructure and critical services. This role is responsible for developing and maintaining the infrastructure and systems that support Jisc's security services and teams enabling the security of Jisc's Janet network: a high-speed network for the UK research and education community.

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About you

We know that sometimes people can be put off applying for a job if they think they can't tick every box, but we realise the 'perfect candidate' doesn't exist. So, if you are excited about working for us, and think you can do most of what we are looking for, go ahead and apply. You could be exactly what we need!

We're ideally looking for someone with:

  • Strong background in Linux server administration.
  • Deploying, Integrating and administering a wide variety of proprietary and open source systems.
  • Administering a variety of common web server technologies (including MySQL, PostgreSQL, PHP, Ruby, Java, Python).
  • Automating systems and processes, building in resilience.
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and manage resources within a collaborative team-based environment.
  • Fluency in one or more scripting languages, such as Python.

Why work at Jisc

  • We're working towards being a pretty flexible organisation and our people having a good work/life balance is important to us. We focus on outputs and outcomes rather than presenteeism, so as long as you're delivering to our high standards and doing a great job, we are open to a variety of working arrangements.
  • We're constantly learning and developing, and all our people have access to a comprehensive range of learning resources to help them achieve this.
  • Our benefits are pretty good too - we offer 25 days holiday (plus 3 days Christmas closure), contribute a huge 18% to your 8% for your pension from day one, and can provide discounts with various IT suppliers, cycle to work schemes, season ticket loans, and generous parental leave arrangements (amongst many other things).


This role will be based in Harwell.

Jisc is a geographically-distributed organisation and travel across the UK may be required at times.

At Jisc we celebrate diversity and know that it's critical for our success. We are continuing to drive an inclusive culture, so if you are great at what you do and embrace our values, we want to hear from you.

No agencies please.