Web Server Administrator
Location:EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category:Staff Member
Contract Duration:3 years
Grading:6 (monthly salary starting at £2,805 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here
Closing Date:12th March 2017
Reference Number:EBI_00877

Job Description

We are seeking to recruit a Web Server Administrator who will join the Web Production team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located at the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

The EMBL-EBI is currently running web applications on over 800 Virtualised VMware-based servers in 2 distinct data centres. We are using chiefly Apache and Tomcat as application servers that receive more than 780 million web requests on average per month from some 4.7 million unique IPs worldwide. The Web Production group is responsible for maintaining and supporting the web infrastructure in a highly dynamic work environment, providing support for some 600 users from all research groups and service teams at the institute. We are looking for a Systems Engineer specialised in Web Server administration, who will report to the Head of the Web Production group, to help maintain and extend our web infrastructure, and to provide support to web developers and administrative staff throughout the EMBL-EBI.

At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 22 member states and two associate member states and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

Qualifications and Experience

The ideal applicant will have a university degree in a computer science related field and significant work experience in the academic or commercial sector. Experience in design, implementation and deployment of web-based applications as well as being fluent in virtualisation and Cloud technologies, such as Open Stack, Own Cloud and AWS, Azure or GCP is required. Experience in the maintenance and support roles is highly desired.

The post holder must have UNIX and/or Linux systems administration experience, especially with Red Hat-like operating systems. Further, the Web Administrator should be familiar with web traffic management such as VTM, virtualisation technologies such as VMware and web application servers such as Apache HTTPD and Apache Tomcat, configuration utilities such as Puppet and Foreman, Salt, etc. The candidate will have experience with the administration of core services, e.g Atlassian Confluence, JIRA, Git and Subversion, etc. and be familiar with advanced web log analysis. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills will be necessary for the effective integration with internal and external user groups. The applicant must be fluent in English as well as be able to manage multiple tasks under pressure in a highly demanding and productive environment.


EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation.

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else.

If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.

Application Instructions

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Additional Information

Applications are welcome from all nationalities - visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

The initial contract is for a period of three years with the possibility of a fixed-term extension.

Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on the date listed above.