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System Engineer with Software skills (f/m/d)

100%, Lugano, permanent

The Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) is operated by ETH Zurich and is located in Lugano, in the south of Switzerland. CSCS develops and provides the key supercomputing capabilities required to solve important problems to science and/or society.

The High-Performance Computing (HPC) Operations unit is responsible for the management of multiple supercomputing systems, clusters for different customers and OpenStack based cloud environments.

Job description

We are looking for multiple Systems Engineers with strong software engineering skills to provide operational support to CSCS' rapidly expanding HPC and cloud infrastructure. Responsibilities include developing, managing, monitoring and troubleshooting systems, network and storage infrastructure. In addition, the candidate will be responsible for automating system management and operation tasks including security updates and patches targeted at higher availability and reliability of services.

The position is permanent (with an initial probation period of three months). The starting date is as soon as possible. You will benefit from a competitive salary based on experience and performance.

Your profile

The candidate is expected to have an undergraduate/bachelor degree in computer science or equivalent experience. A proven working experience in installing, configuring and troubleshooting UNIX/Linux-based environments is a must. Experience with automation software such as Puppet or Ansible is highly desirable. The candidate must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the software development lifecycle including continuous integration, testing and deployment for ensuring high availability and security compliant operational targets. Expert knowledge of programming languages such as Python or Go is a plus.

Additional highly desirable academic qualifications, technical skills and experiences include graduate and post-graduate degrees in computer science, deployment experience with Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) technologies like OpenStack, container orchestration technologies such as Kubernetes, private and public cloud environments, Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions, parallel and object storage stacks, Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) and tape library technologies, and a proven record for maintaining high-availability and secure operational services in a data centre environment.

Beside your motivation to accept new challenges and to work independently in a problem-solving way within a vibrant environment, you are characterised by strong communication and organisational skills. You are a solution-oriented person and you are able to work under pressure. The ideal candidate is a team player and feels comfortable working in an international environment. Excellent command of written and spoken English (official working language) is a must. Knowledge of Italian, German and/or French is considered an advantage.

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.
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We look forward to receiving your complete online application, addressed to Stephanie Frequente, CSCS Human Resources, via Trevano 131, 6900 Lugano. Applications via email cannot be considered. We also do not take agency applications into consideration.

For further information, please contact Stefano Gorini by email (no applications) or visit our website

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