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HPC Systems Administrator

Berkshire, UK
£38000 - £65000 per annum
Posting live until
17 Jun 2024

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Do you want to work with the UK's Supercomputers?

AWE currently has an exciting opportunity for a HPC Systems Administrator, to join our team here at AWE.

If you have experience working with high performance computers and want a role which supports, the computational services that play a vital role in AWE's scientific and engineering future capabilities, we want to hear from you!

Location: Aldermaston, West Berkshire. We are located between Reading and Basingstoke.

Although flexible working is available, due to the classified nature of these roles, it is anticipated that successful candidates will spend the majority of their time working on site at AWE Aldermaston.

Package: £38,000 - £65,000 (depending on your suitability, qualifications and level of experience)

A relocation package may be available - terms and conditions apply.

Closing Date: 17th June 2024

Working as part of the High Performance Computing (HPC) Group to provide system administration support for AWE's HPC supercomputers, you will be part of a team that is managing some of the most powerful supercomputers in the UK and supporting computational services that are essential to AWE's scientific and engineering programmes.

This role offers excellent opportunity for career advancement.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the planning, installation and commissioning of new HPC systems;
  • Provide day-to-day support of HPC systems;
  • Configuration management of HPC platform hardware and software;
  • Monitor the performance and the reliability of HPC systems;
  • Development of in-house tools to support HPC platform administration;
  • Overseas travel to attend conferences and collaborative meetings.

To be considered for this opportunity, you'll need the following:

  • Experience of Linux operating systems;
  • Scripting skills (preferably Python and Bash);
  • Awareness of computer security concepts;
  • Able to work independently and unsupervised, as well as part of a team;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Ability to work fully on-site - due to the nature of what we do at AWE and the responsibilities of this role, the role cannot be carried out remotely.

The following would be advantageous but not essential:

  • Experience of HPC clustered computing;
  • Experience of parallel file systems;
  • Experience of first- and second-line user support.

What will you get from us?

As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:

  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (including Bank Holidays);
  • 9-day working fortnight - our employees have every other Friday off work;
  • Flexible working hours;
  • Consideration for flexible working arrangements so that your work may fit in with your lifestyle. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time;
  • Family friendly policies: Maternity Leave - 39 Weeks Full Pay and Paternity Leave - 4 Weeks Full Pay;
  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training;
  • Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services;
  • A market leading contributory pension scheme (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution);
  • Life Assurance;
  • Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending savings;
  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family;
  • A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing - more information available on our careers site.

Important things you need to know:

  • You must be a UK citizen who has been resident in the UK for the past 10 years.Interviews will be 90 minutes in length and will be held over Microsoft Teams. You will be required to prepare a 10-minute presentation in advance;
  • Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role. This will be funded by AWE.


* Agencies: Please note that we do not out-source our recruitment


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AWE plays a crucial role in national nuclear security. Working to support the defence of our country, we’re a community of creative thinkers from all kinds of backgrounds in all kinds of roles, with one clear mission – to keep everyone, our environment and everything around us safe and secure. Our role in nuclear defence and the specialist expertise we provide to the government, is vital in the defence against the most serious threats faced by the UK – and to keeping the peace. From developing the warheads for the nuclear deterrent, to providing counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions, the work we do is of global importance.

Why work for us
What we do is unique and so are the people who work here. We are a team of around 6500 people – proud to be part of such an important mission. We are com​mitted to equality at work and to mainstreaming diversity and inclusion in everything we do. We believe that by bringing together a diverse range of people we’ll get the diversity of thought to approach challenges in new ways.

Training and development
We believe in supporting our people through long-term investment in learning and development. Alongside in-house and on-line training capabilities, we support membership of professional bodies. We also focus on building and developing leadership skills, in pursuit of our best-in-class ambition. We do this through tailored leadership development programmes, accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, designed to equip our leaders with the skills to drive performance and bring out the best in their teams.

Graduate schemes
Our two-year Evolve programme offers four career pathways: Science, Engineering, Environment, Safety, Health & Quality and Corporate & Operations. The programme is designed to be flexible, to incorporate a range of experiences as well as business needs. You’ll undertake several placements to expand your knowledge of your discipline, enabling you to develop yourself and your ongoing career. Your line manager will work with you and support you on your journey.

What we are looking for
We are always looking for high-calibre people to join our team. Whatever stage of your career, AWE is an exciting and challenging environment to develop your skills and achieve your potential. Our ambition is to create workplaces where we recognize and celebrate differences, encourage diverse contributions and our employees feel able to be themselves at work. We strive to create a genuine culture of openness and inclusion and encourage diverse applicants. Please note that you must be a British national to apply for a role at AWE.

Reading, UK

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Main areas of research
Nuclear defence, nuclear forensics, radiation detection, plasma physics, hydrodynamics, high-performance computing, materials science

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Computational physics, criticality scientists, experimental physics, radiation science, high-performance computing, radiation detection

Must be a British national and have resided in the UK for 10 years for our science and engineering roles 

How to apply
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Tel +44 (0)118 981 4111

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+44 0118 98 24643
AWE Aldermaston

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