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Senior Database Administrator

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Didcot, UK
£39748.0 - £44166.0 per annum
Posting live until
11 Apr 2023

Job Details

Salary: £39,748 to £44,166 (dependent on qualifications and experience)
Plus a recruitment and retention allowance of up to £10,000 per annum (dependent on experience)
Benefits: 30 days holiday + 8 bank holidays + 2.5 privilege days + exceptional defined average salary pension + excellent work life balance
Location: Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxfordshire
Full time/Part Time: (minimum of 25 hours a week)
Closing date for applications: 4th April 2023

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.

The Scientific Computing Department (SCD) provides large-scale computing facilities, data storage and infrastructure at both Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Oxfordshire. Made up of numerical analysis, scientific computing and computation groups, the expertise and intelligence SCD provides UKRI, underpins almost every key calculation across the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and beyond.

Due the growth of SCD we have a vacancy for a highly motivated Database Administrator to join the group. In this role you will be responsible for developing and operating professional database services supporting the work of STFC alongside taking an active role in advising on the architecture and technology strategy for the database services going forward, with an end goal of meeting the science facilities ever increasing needs for storing, searching and analysing their data.

Work Programme:

  • Maintaining a professionally run database service to support mission critical services and applications;
  • Support the full database/system management lifecycle (requirements, design, specification, install, maintenance, security patching, RMAN backups etc.) for Oracle RAC, PostgreSQL, Galera Cluster, MySQL, MongoDB etc.

About you:

We are looking for someone who can demonstrate good communication skills, good organisational skills, and an analytical approach to problem solving. You'll need to provide a share of on call support (systems can be supported remotely) and undertake some travel in the UK and overseas, e.g. to CERN, conferences when travel for meetings/conferences resumes.

Additional training and certification opportunities are also offered.

Essential Skills:

  • Experience with Oracle 19c in a production service environment, including Oracle RAC, installation, backup/restore, monitoring, performance tuning etc.;
  • Experience with another database technology, e.g. MongoDB, MySQL/MariaDB, PostgreSQL;
  • Knowledge of Unix/Linux;
  • Good communication skills, good organisational skills and an analytical approach to problem solving;
  • You must take a reasonable share of the team's on-call (24/7 support) responsibilities - services can be supported remotely.

Employee Benefits:

We are offering a permanent position with a whole host of benefits including:

  • 30 days holiday (in addition to 10.5 bank holidays and privilege days);
  • Flexible working hours;
  • An excellent defined average salary pension scheme;
  • Employee shopping/travel discounts;
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities;
  • Relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.

We are committed to sustaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. We are invested in creating an environment that is welcoming and supportive of all, to help us achieve the highest possible standards in our work and organisation together. In this regard, we encourage applications from under-represented groups.

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.


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
Apply online at 

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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