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HPC Systems Administrator (NQCC)

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK
Band D S1 £42,840 OR Band E S1 £53,818 gross per annum
Posting live until
30 Jun 2024

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Job Title: HPC Systems Administrator (NQCC)

Salary:   Band D S1 £42,840 OR Band E S1 £53,818 gross per annum (Depending upon experience) 

Location: Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire, UK 

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: Full time or Part time (minimum 0.8FTE) (We understand the importance of work-life balance, and offer flexible working, but do require at least 4 days a week on-site)

Due to the requirement of obtaining an enhanced security clearance for this role, we are only able to accept applications from persons who have been resident in the UK for the last 5 years. We cannot sponsor visa applications for this role.

Come and do the kind of computing that got you into technology in the first place. Work with cutting-edge tech and world-leading scientists and engineers. And harness the power of some of the country's most advances supercomputers to tackle work that improves daily life 

in the UK and far beyond.

Put simply, come and discover the impact you can make when you're equipped, encouraged and inspired to perform to your very best.

About the role:

We have an exciting opportunity for an HPC System Administrator to join the National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC). As part of the Operations Team reporting to the Deputy Director (Operations), the HPC Systems Administrator is essential to the delivery of our ambitious technology roadmap for supporting quantum computing for the UK.

The ideal candidate will join a small team of system administrators overseeing a range of IT systems, including traditional HPC, cloud-based platforms, quantum computing, AI support systems, and more. They will collaborate with the NQCC Control Systems and Quantum Hardware teams to provide diverse operating systems, simulation software, storage, backup support, and quantum-classical integration technologies. The ideal candidate should possess hands-on experience in HPC, GPU, and emerging technologies, strong technical leadership skills, and the ability to maintain relationships with stakeholders. Managing technical documentation, addressing risks, supporting diverse computational infrastructure, and reporting to the HPC/IT Systems Manager and Senior Leadership, are also key aspects of the role.

What will I be doing? 

In this role, your responsibilities encompass comprehensive management of NQCC's compute services, involving deployment, configuration, and maintenance. Oversight of system performance, resource allocation, and problem resolution for hardware and software falls under your purview. You also play a pivotal role in networking services within the HPC ecosystem, ensuring seamless connectivity among compute nodes, GPU clusters, and storage systems. Robust security measures implementation to safeguard systems, Cloud services, and data from cyber threats is a critical aspect. Staying updated on security practices, you propose enhancements for fortified system security. Storage solutions management, user support, and performance tuning are also within your domain. Automation through configuration management tools, devising backup and disaster recovery strategies, and collaboration with IT teams and researchers for tailored solutions are key. Maintaining comprehensive documentation for infrastructure, configurations, and procedures is essential. 

Supporting computational projects, adhering to standards, security, and governance while advocating for positive change completes the role. Accurate reporting, collaboration with evaluation, and driving continuous improvement are integral to your responsibilities.

This is an outline description of the key responsibilities and accountabilities involved in the job. This is not an exhaustive list, and the successful applicant might be expected to undertake any other duties across NQCC, appropriate to the Band / level of responsibility for which post-holder has necessary experience and/or training. 

Our Benefits:

UKRI recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme (subject to business requirements), generous average-salary Defined Benefit pension scheme, and 30 days annual leave allowance plus 10.5 bank holiday/privilege days and several other benefits. 

What experience do I need? 

Prior knowledge of quantum computing is not required to apply for this role, but it would be an advantage. We offer significant development and training opportunities. Applicants for this role should meet the following criteria: 


•  Systems Administration hands-on experience / proficiency in Linux (e.g., RHEL, SLES, Ubuntu).

•  IT and HPC server hardware knowledge, some networking infrastructure awareness.

•  Strong grasp of HPC, networking, cybersecurity, encryption, and cloud services.

•  Diagnosing system and software issues.

•  Effective communication and presentation skills.

•  Skilled at relationship-building, collaborative team player and stakeholder influencing.

•  Efficient time management and problem-solving abilities.


•  Proficient in project management tools and techniques, including risk assessment.

•  HPC language proficiency (C/C++, Fortran)

•  Proficient in HPC programming languages (Python, CSH, etc.) (Band E)

•  Proficient in Parallel programming (MPI, OpenMP, CUDA, OpenACC)

•  Skilled in job schedulers and resource managers (SLURM, Altair PBS, UGE) (Band E)

•  Knowledge of storage filesystems (Lustre, GPFS, BeeGFS, CEPH etc.) (Band E)

•  Cloud/Container experience (OpenStack, Kubernetes, Docker or Podman)

•  Quantum computing expertise and/or Relevant degree level education

You would need to be available to occasionally travel/work within the UK and overseas for workshops, conferences, and meeting, when required. 

Who are we? 

The National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) is a new research centre funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), which is dedicated to accelerating the development of quantum computing by addressing the challenges of scalability.

How do I apply for this role?

Please submit your Covering Letter (up to 2 pages) and CV that clearly outlines how you fulfil the role criteria along with your motivation to join NQCC, as attachments on your application. Please ensure that your name and the job reference number are in the file name of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit your application without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered. 

Security Clearance 

Due to the nature of the role, and a requirement to support diverse projects, the successful candidate is required to successfully complete national pre-employment control checks to the BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standard) to fulfil the role. BPSS checks can take between 9-12 working days.

Once in post you will need to successfully complete a Security Check (SC) clearance. 

What could you achieve with the world-leading facilities and experts of one of Europe's largest research organisations by your side?

Join us and discover what's possible!

About the National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC)

As part of the UK’s National Quantum Technologies Programme, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is leading a programme to establish a National Quantum Computing Centre, which includes a commitment of £93m over 5 years, dedicated to drive development in the field of Quantum Computing and to place the UK at the forefront of the field. The Centre is a joint initiative of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

A purpose-built National Quantum Computing Centre will be built and operated by UKRI at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) campus in Oxfordshire. The Centre will be open and operational by December 2022. Until then, the NQCC’s activities are taking place in other facilities on the Harwell Campus or at partnering institutions. The NQCC will sit alongside other departments within the STFC National Laboratories and will be part of the broader National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP).

The primary purpose of the NQCC is to fill a key gap in the research and innovation landscape addressing the challenge of scaling quantum computing. However, this technology is immature and extensive development work is needed to scale the fundamental science to provide usable computing systems.

The NQCC's initial 5 years will focus on developing a Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum (NISQ) machine to demonstrate the technology as well as software, algorithm and applications development. The longer-term aim is to scale the technology towards an error and noise-free fault-tolerant machine capability with benchmarking and verification demonstrated in collaboration with the UK and international partners. The NQCC will give assured and direct access to early prototype machines to developers and promote the formation of a strong UK-based quantum computing supply chain.

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Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. 


STFC imageAt the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), research is driven by practical applications and a curiosity to create a world-leading hub of scientific and engineering excellence. Our science and facilities enable researchers to answer fundamental questions about the nature of the universe. Success typically requires long-term strategic investment, international collaboration on a global scale and the capability to push the limits of technology and engineering. To remain internationally competitive in our areas of science and to keep our facilities at the leading edge, we have to develop bespoke technology that cannot be reliably sourced on the open market, for example in detectors and instrumentation, accelerators, specialist engineering, optics and e-infrastructure. These technologies are often also applied to address broader societal and industrial challenges and we actively promote their translation and commercialization.

Why work for us
When you join STFC, you become a key part of one of Europe’s largest research organizations. We are trusted to support, enable, and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields that you could be a part of. With access to our world-class facilities, people like you are helping us to drive ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology.

  • The Particle Physics Department (PPD) is one of the largest particle physics groups in the UK. We design, construct and operate some of the most sensitive scientific instruments in the world, collaborating with partners in academia, industry and international laboratories such as CERN. We currently work with the ATLAS, CMS, LHCb, DUNE, Hyper-K, T2K, MICE, Lux-Zeplin, DEAP-3600, CERN RD50, Electron Ion Collider and AION collaborations.
  • The National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) is a £93m UKRI investment over five years based at the Harwell Campus. This is a strategic element within the overall £1bn, 10-year investment into quantum technologies made by the UK since 2014.

Our benefits

  • 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 public and privilege days.
  • Flexible or hybrid working may be available dependent on role.
  • Defined benefit pension scheme (employer contribution – currently up to 26%).
  • Sport and social groups across campus with access to an on-site gym.

For more information on all of our employee benefits, visit

Who we are looking for
The UK has a world-class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the World Wide Web. Therefore it is vital for us to have the best people at all levels throughout UKRI. We want to continue to attract a mix of talented professionals, scientists and engineers.


Number of employees
STFC has 2594 staff members across the UK and UKRI has approx. 8000

Main areas of research
Our work encompasses everything from the physical, biological and social
sciences, to innovation, engineering, medicine, the environment, as well as arts and the humanities

Positions recently recruited for
Electronic engineers, data scientists, research associates CMS/DUNE, research associate on electron ion collider (EiC), ion trap physicists

Desired degree disciplines/class
A STEM degree

How to apply
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Closing date
All year round

Quantum physics and computing vacancies: E-mail
Particle physics vacancies: E-mail

Company info
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
OX11 0QX

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