System Administrator– Big Data on the Petabyte scale! Cambridge, UK

Illumina in Cambridge UK are looking for the below,

System Administrator (Linux/Hadoop/Web) – Big Data on the Petabyte scale!

The Internet is a big, busy place, and we at Illumina are proud to stand out in the Big Data crowd.

As a leader in BioTech data processing, we’re determined to enable researchers and health care professionals integrate and analyze the World’s public, proprietary, and private molecular data with clinical information to discover, develop and deliver therapies tuned to the individual. We are changing the health future of the world.

In order to grow our position, we’re always on the lookout for people with big ideas and big talent to help us provide our customers with quality service using our health care game changing SAAS products.

How Big Can You Think?

We are offering a fantastic opportunity for talented system administrators to join our team in Cambridge. You will be part of a company that is growing at a phenomenal pace, including potentially opening other European centers meaning there is good opportunity for career progression.
This offers a fascinating opportunity to join a mid-sized company as we rapidly upscale and the opportunity to gain direct experience in data capacity growth that you will not find in other companies.

As a System Administrator with Illumina you will apply your technical skills and creativity in support of our research and Clinical platforms. Working with the Enterprise Informatics team you will provide day to day user and system support for enterprise compute, storage and web delivery architectures. This position requires a technically adept individual who can work in teams across global boundaries, applying creative thought to solve complex computing challenges. Candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills, eagerness to learn and grow, and have a flexible approach to solving problems.

Primary responsibility includes implementation, support and administration of a global Linux infrastructure, comprised of web application servers, MySQL databases and Hadoop, to support analysis and correlation of DNA sequencing data and Medical records in a very dynamic environment. The candidate will work in a team of experts and in collaboration with inter-site bioinformatics and software development teams to implement and manage standardized IT hardware and software solutions to support and ensure high quality analysis results. Additional responsibility will include providing IT expertise and support to internal product development for selecting and qualifying proper hardware and software solutions to integrate into the company’s products.

The candidate is required to possess current knowledge of wide range of emerging / leading edge technologies and have the technical expertise to provide support for technological solutions for complex business challenges.

Job duties include but are not limited to:

• Provide support and administration for the company’s Linux environment globally.
• Implementation and administration of a highly available and resilient Linux infrastructure based on technical requirements. Excellent knowledge of Linux/Unix and good understanding of Windows will be required for successful performance of this duty.
• Implement and maintain workflow process automation scripts and procedures to ensure results consistency.
• Provide second level computer support to the internal business units. Troubleshoot and resolve hardware and application issues, networks, file system access, etc. Ensure continuous proactive monitoring of.
• Proactively troubleshoot and optimize network and data workflow related bottlenecks to ensure high availability and performance.
• Document and communicate effectively procedures, configurations, standards, etc.
• On call as needed


Education and Experience:
Degree or related experience.
3+ years of experience in Linux/UNIX and data storage support and administration
Expertise in administration, configuration, optimization and monitoring Linux with an emphasis on CentOS
Experience with scripting tools such as WHS, Perl, and Python or automation with Chef, Puppet, Ansible or Salt
Knowledge of, and experience with network protocols and services (TCP/IP, LACP, SMTP, SNMP, DNS, DHCP)
Experience with Storage/RAID systems, backup and archiving
Ability to learn new technologies quickly

We are looking for flexible individuals willing to acquire new skills, multitask and work on projects outside of immediate area of expertise. Strong desire and ability to work as a team player and it will be important to be comfortable in speaking with internal customer
For this role a driving licence will be important to be able to physically visit data sites.

Interested parties please send your CV to