System Engineer / System Administrator for ETH Biomedical Research IT Platform Leonhard Med (f/m) – Open Position

80%-100%, Zurich, permanent

To support teaching and research, IT Services (ITS) of ETH Zurich are working as a service organization in a large and complex IT environment. Scientific IT Services (SIS, a section of ITS) aims at bridging the gap between computational research and IT service as well as infrastructure provisioning, and provides a stimulating, flexible and family-friendly working environment. In particular in the area of digital healthcare, where biomedical research has now made it possible to collect large amounts of health-related data: clinical and -omics data, data from biobanks, and digital footprints collected by individuals themselves. For this, SIS is building Leonhard Med – a scientific IT platform to securely store, manage and process confidential biomedical research data. Leonhard Med presents a unique challenge of establishing a secure scientific IT platform that is compliant with the highest IT security standards, while allowing a high-degree of flexibility for end-user scientists to experiment with cutting edge biomedical research – from classical bioinformatics and statistics to large-scale data analysis to AI and deep learning.

To strengthen our team of experts for continuing the development and operation of Leonhard Med and its services, SIS is looking for an experienced System engineer / System administrator for ETH Biomedical Research IT Platform Leonhard Med (f/m).

Job description

The position will be part of a growing team of expert system engineers and system administrators that ensure engineering, development, and operation in production of Leonhard Med. Together with your team you will have the responsibility of the day-to-day operation of the secure infrastructure and of its services while, at the same time, constantly improving its operation by automation at all levels and updating its security features to keep pace with the latest standards. You will also be part of the engineering effort to scale the Leonhard Med infrastructure and its services to cope securely, effectively and efficiently with a wide spectrum of use cases at ETH and at the Swiss national level.

Your profile

This position requires a deep knowledge of Linux as a system administrator as well as an extensive knowledge in Datacentres technologies and trends such as Software Defined Infrastructure, Compute virtualization, Software Defined Storage and SDN. You must be familiar with the Linux system, networking, open-source code development, and have experience automating complex, repetitive tasks using Bash or Python scripts. You must have demonstrated experience in configuration management and application deployment systems (such as Ansible, cfengine, puppet, etc.). Good knowledge of incident management, monitoring tools, process automation, fail-over, and disaster recovery is required. Prior experience with IT security and with virtualization technologies (cloud environments, containers and containers orchestration through Kubernetes) is a plus. Beside solid technical abilities, this position also requires an aptitude for finding good solutions to complex IT problems, together with a “focused on the finished product” mindset. Good communication skills and the ability to collaborate with other IT specialists are necessary.


We look forward to receiving your online application including the following documents: CV, motivation letter, master or PhD certificate, contact details of two referees as well as further certificates and diplomas (optional). Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about Scientific IT Services can be found on our website For further information, please contact Dr. Sergio Maffioletti, Group Head Research IT Platforms, email (no applications).

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