System Engineer / System Administrator for Science IT (m/f/x)

Your responsibilities

As part of a team of Science IT experts you will be responsible for the administration and enhancement of all of the centralized Scientific IT high performance computing infrastructure at the University of Zurich.

Your responsibilities will include

  • administration and monitoring of the private openstack based cloud infrastructure and the provided services
  • contribute to a continuous optimization of the existing installation
  • work on the development and deployment of new systems and services to support research
  • assist researchers with their technical challenges on a regular basis

You will have the opportunity to learn or expand your knowledge in technologies such as cloud computing, parallel and distributed file systems (like CEPH), batch queue systems, advanced networking as well as Python programming.

Your profile

You have a strong background in Linux systems administration, as well as, an understanding of Ethernet networking and TCP/IP. You are comfortable automating repetitive tasks using Bash or other scripting languages or tools. You have used version control systems such as git to organize and track changes to your work. You use tools to automate system configuration (ansible, puppet, etc.). You can quickly identify potential problems and have the ability to diagnose and troubleshoot. You can communicate effectively in both written and spoken English, enjoy working in a dynamic, fast-paced team environment, and are eager to assist researchers with their technical challenges.

What we offer

Compensation is commensurate with experience and is in accordance with the high living standards of Zurich. The University of Zurich is an equal opportunity and family friendly employer. For additional information about an employment at the University of Zurich please visit
Quote from Paul Rogers (System Engineer, and possilby your future colleague)
“What really sets this place apart from others that I’ve had is the fact that this really is a job with an academic basis – we have the ability to learn a lot not only from our jobs, and our colleagues, but we have opportunities to collaborate with academic research teams. The people are, as well, incredibly postive and friendly – management, as well, give us great flexibility and autonomy in creating our own working processes and solutions”

Place of workWinterthurerstrasse 190, Zürich, Switzerland

Start of employment
Employment start date to be mutually agreed.