EPFL - Blue Brain Project (BBP)
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Site Reliability Engineer (W/M) (2 profiles)

Your mission :

The aim of the EPFL Blue Brain Project (BBP), a Swiss brain research initiative founded and directed by Professor Henry Markram, is to establish simulation neuroscience as a complementary approach alongside experimental, theoretical and clinical neuroscience to understanding the brain, by building the world’s first biologically detailed digital reconstructions and simulations of the mouse brain.

Main duties and responsibilities include :

BBP is now searching for two Site Reliability Engineers to join their IT section. So, if you love…

  • Learning opportunities in your everyday work
  • Infrastructure as code -principles
  • New IT technologies
  • Unbeatable colleagues
  • XL-sized compute and storage systems
    then you might be a good fit to our IT team!

On a daily basis, you would have opportunities to work with multiple different solutions:

  • 1200+ physical (Linux) servers (our HPC cluster), Slurm, Open OnDemand, Apptainer
  • 4PB NetApp and 8PB DDN GridScaler (GPFS)
  • OpenStack, Kubernetes
  • Puppet, GitLab, Foreman, Rundeck, Elasticsearch, Grafana, Logstash, Icinga
  • Jira, Confluence etc

In addition to the on-premises solutions, we also use cloud services like Slack, GitHub etc.

Your profile :

The must-haves for this position are:

  • At least 3 years of recent IT engineering experience in IT service production
  • Configuration management, provisioning tools and CI experience (hands on)
  • Good understanding of Linux in server environments
  • Programming and scripting (preferably Python, shell) skills
  • Experience dealing with monitoring systems
  • Understanding of networking fundamentals (HTTPS, DNS, TCP/IP & load balancing).

The nice-to-haves include e.g. experience with:

  • Cloud and container platforms (OpenStack, Kubernetes)
  • Storage systems (NetApp, Spectrum Scale).

We appreciate the fact that you:

  • Like helping colleagues when needed
  • Like mind documenting (JIRA, wiki) your work
  • Don’t like cutting corners
  • Enjoy keeping IT systems safe and secure
  • Are able to communicate fluently in English (written and spoken).

We offer :

  • An English-speaking, multicultural work environment
  • Opportunity to be part of a world-renowned science institution
  • Hybrid working opportunity (home & office)
  • Beautiful, modern office just a stone’s throw from the Lake Geneva
  • Half-price access to public transport in Switzerland
  • Opportunity to participate IT community and technical events
  • … and unlimited, free coffee!