BBP - System Engineer (storage focus)

AnbieterEidgenössische Technische Hochschule Lausanne, EPFL
ArbeitsortLausanne, Genfersee Region, Schweiz
KategorieInformatik / Telekom
Umwelt / Nachhaltige Entwicklung
FunktionIngenieur / Techniker



The EPFL Blue Brain Project (BBP), situated on the Campus Biotech in Geneva, Switzerland, applies advanced neuroinformatics, data analytics, high-performance computing and simulation-based approaches to the challenge of understanding the structure and function of the mammalian brain in health and disease. The BBP provides the community with regular releases of data, models and tools to accelerate neuroscience discovery and clinical translation through open science and global collaboration.

For our Core Services team, we are looking for an experienced System Engineer with a modern, ambitious mind to participate in the team’s daily DevOps work. We guarantee that no day will be the same nor will you be bored as you will be working with state of the art HPC hardware and modern software: we use e.g. OpenStack, Openshift, Ceph, ELK, Jenkins, Gerrit, Puppet, GPFS, Slurm and many other technologies to provide our researchers with modern computing infrastructure.

What we offer:

  • An internationally visible research project using supercomputers together with cloud solutions
  • A young, dynamic, inter-disciplinary and international working environment
  • An opportunity to get your hands dirty with new technologies as they emerge

What we require from you:

  • Excellent knowledge of Linux (e.g. RedHat/CentOS, Ubuntu)
  • Proficiency in programming/scripting languages (e.g. Python, Ruby, Perl, shell)
  • Proficiency in configuration, provisioning and CI tools (e.g. Puppet, Ansible, Git, Jenkins)
  • Track record of operating production services in various computing environments

What we count as your advantage:

  • Experience with compute, storage (GPFS, Ceph, NetApp) and datacentre networking (IB, Ethernet)
  • Exposure to cloud and container technologies (e.g. Openstack, OpenShift, Singularity)

What would be your specific responsibilities:

  • While you’d be contributing to the daily DevOps work of the Core Services team, emphasis in your work would be on handling the development and operations of BBP’s parallel filesystems (GPFS) and other storage solutions (e.g. Ceph, NetApp). Duties would include e.g. configuration and optimization for performance, defining policies for data transfer, developing data sharing services, improving data lifecycle management and handling daily operational tasks (system monitoring, incident handling, backing up data).

What is your profile:

  • Bachelor or Master degree in computer science - or similar
  • Experience working in a collaborative and multi-cultural environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, written and oral
  • Fast learner, eager to expand your domains of expertise
  • Proven ability to work both independently and in team-based environments
  • Fluent communication in English (written and spoken)

Start date: Immediately;

Deadline for application: Until position is filled

Activity rate: 100%;

Duration of contract: 1 year, renewable

Applicants should submit a cover letter and a detailed CV in PDF format only, with file name “Surname_position _Cover Letter” and “Surname_positon _CV” electronically to jobs.bbp [at] epfl[.]ch.

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