University of Sussex

Full Time
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Systems Engineer (Research)

Systems Engineer (Research)


Ref: 8832

Hours: Full time. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need)

Contract: Fixed term for three years

Salary: starting at £35,333 to £42,155 per annum (depending on experience)

Closing date: 16 March 2023. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.

Expected interview date: To be confirmed

Expected start date: As soon as possible


Job description

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual with the right blend of broad technical skills and professional capabilities to progress in the exciting world of High-Performance Computing. You will be joining a welcoming and multi-skilled team and an IT division that is taking forward a major programme of digital transformation works. Full training and development will be provided as required.


The research computing support team is part of the ITS division and provides computing resources and expertise to researchers across our Schools including physical, life, medical and social sciences, and arts humanities and media. Through collaboration with academic colleagues, we are currently mobilising projects and initiatives that will expand and enhance our research computing and IT support, including support for data science, research software engineering and exploitation of Cloud technologies.


The team also operates and develops the University’s GridPP service that is part of the global Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project based at CERN. Depending on their skills and experience, the postholder may be assigned as primary contact within the team for this activity, or for any other disciplinary theme across our University, within the dynamic context outlined above.


The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

·       Experience working with researchers and/or scientific research involving computing.

·       Experience in the installation and maintenance of Linux operating systems and ability to write and debug scripts in at least one of: sh, bash, Python.

·       Ability to program in more than one computing language used in research (C, C++, Python, etc).


Applications are welcomed from both experienced IT professionals and researchers with a high level of broad technical competence and hunger to develop that will enable them to rapidly assimilate new skills and learning and be able to apply these as part of a service-oriented team and transformative projects.


The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex.


Please contact Michelle Richardson ( for informal enquiries.


The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds. You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy, Inclusive Sussex on our webpages.


Download the full job description and person specification (reference number 8832)(102.5kb)


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How to apply

Download our professional services application form – Dec 2020 [DOC 203.00KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.


You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to


You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as or pages) and use the format job reference number/job title/your name in the subject line.


You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.