Job: Systems administrator of bioinformatics linux systems at IGTP, Barcelona
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11 months ago by
Barcelona, Spain
bernatgel2.0k wrote:

We are seeking a Linux systems administrator who will be responsible for the management of a scientific computing facility that includes a 240 core cluster, several servers, workstations, 500 Tb raw disk storage and backup facilities, to provide support to genomics and bioinformatics research groups of the IGTP, Germans trias i Pujol Research Institute, in Badalona, Barcelona, Spain. Besides fulfilling the systems administrator duties listed below, the successful candidate will be expected to propose and implement improvements in the design of the system when necessary.

Deadline: September 1

Main Responsabilities

  • Operating system installation and maintenance (Linux, currently Debian)
  • Control of user access
  • System monitoring
  • Management of the queuing system (SGE)
  • Software installation and upgrade
  • Management of databases
  • Management and installation of the central servers and also the servers that are owned by the different research groups and the Genomics Unit
  • Management of the backup copies of scientific data
  • Maintenance of hardware dedicated to scientific computing
  • Consulting for acquisition and purchases of new computing equipment
  • Training of research staff in the good use of scientific computing equipment
  • Coordinating with the IT department (responsible for the network administration, e-mail and windows software)
  • Documenting all Linux administrative tasks and procedures


The candidate should have a Computer Science/Informatics/Bioinformatics degree/equivalent with/or a demonstrated track record in:

  • Configuration and administration of Linux computer clusters
  • Knowledge of scripting languages (bash, python, perl, ruby)
  • Experience in automating OS installation
  • Experience with configuration management tools (puppet, ansible)
  • Strong diagnostic and analytical skills
  • Basic understanding of IT security principles and best practices
  • Experience in virtualization technology
  • Experience in monitoring and firewall systems
  • Installation and maintenance of scientific software
  • Working knowledge of Linux systems administration in a biomedical research setting and/or scientific computing and/or communications with LINUX and UNIX-based systems (including Mac OS X)
  • Network administration skills will be considered a plus
  • Fluency in English is essential. Spanish and Catalan are welcome but not required.
  • Windows administrators will NOT be considered.

What we offer

  • Hours: Full time (flexible hours will be considered)
  • Salary: we offer a competitive salary commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate and according to the cost of living in Barcelona
  • Contract type: A core funded one year contract, which will be extended after positive evaluation
  • Starting date: ASAP

More Information

How to apply

Interested applicants should send their CV and a cover letter with the contact details of at least two referees to with cc to (Tanya Vavouri).


About the IGTP

The Institute for Health Science Research Germans Trias i Pujol (IGTP) is a public research centre located at the Can Ruti Biomedical Campus, Badalona, near Barcelona. The IGTP is dedicated to increasing scientific knowledge and transferring it to improve the care and lives of patients. The institute is attached to one of the large teaching hospitals in the Barcelona area; the Germans Trias University Hospital (HUGTP), and is located on the biomedical campus that surrounds it, Campus Can Ruti. It is a CERCA centre; a member of the biocluster supported and supervised by the Autonomous Catalonian Government. It is also accredited as a Centre of Excellence by the Instituto Carlos III (Spanish Government) and in this capacity acts as an umbrella organization for scientific research on the campus, where it works closely with the other centers located there.

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 11 months ago • written 11 months ago by bernatgel2.0k

The site has been unreachable for me since you posted the job add.

ADD REPLYlink written 11 months ago by h.mon26k

Oops, it should be accessible from anywhere in the world. Where are you connecting from? I've copied in the post the complete job offer, but it should be possible to get some info about the institute, etc...

ADD REPLYlink written 11 months ago by bernatgel2.0k

Where are you connecting from?


ADD REPLYlink written 11 months ago by h.mon26k

Ok, thank. I'll contact out IT department to see what's happening.

ADD REPLYlink written 11 months ago by bernatgel2.0k

Some more info: I can connect to the site with my phone. I can't connect either from work or home, using Linux or Windows desktops / laptops, which gives the error:

The connection has timed out

If I use google translate, I can view and read the site, using google translate as "proxy".

ADD REPLYlink written 11 months ago by h.mon26k

Ok, that's weird. It would seem like our domain is not accessible (blocked?) from some internet providers... I'll pass this information to the IT people to see if they might have any idea of what's happening... Thanks for the report!

ADD REPLYlink written 11 months ago by bernatgel2.0k

Hi h.mon

The IT people tell me that the site should be accessible now from Brazil. Could you check if you can access it?


ADD REPLYlink written 11 months ago by bernatgel2.0k

Yes, I can access it now. Thanks.

ADD REPLYlink written 11 months ago by h.mon26k

Great. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for reporting the problem.

ADD REPLYlink written 11 months ago by bernatgel2.0k
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