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Systems Administrator

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Systems Administrator

Level:Systems Administrator
POSTED:November 7, 2022
LOCATION:Dublin City University
Duration:up to Dec 2025
Reports to:Senior Systems Administrator
Salary:€37,535 – €55,890
Closing Date:December 16, 2022

Role Profile

The ADAPT Centre is seeking to appoint an early career Systems Administrator. This position is mainly based in DCU and is open to university graduates along with experienced candidates. The System Administrator (SA) will be responsible for effective installation, configuration and maintenance of our IT infrastructure. The infrastructure includes two High Performance Computing clusters, one Virtual Machine cluster and one Docker cluster, hosted in our data centres in TCD (Trinity College Dublin) and DCU (Dublin City University). The infrastructure runs GNU/Linux, mostly Debian. The SA will ensure that these systems are maintained to a high level, are reliable, secure and deliver the required performance. The SA will also provide user assistance to our researchers and help them to use our infrastructure optimally. Finally, the SA will report to the Senior Systems Administrator. The SA will have the opportunity to develop in-demand skills in today’s trending IT technologies (VMs, HPC, Docker, Kubernetes, Ceph, etc.)

Duties and Responsibilities

  • ●      Maintain a state-of-the art IT infrastructure, including Virtual Machines and High Performance Computing (mostly based on Debian) across multiple institutions.
    ●      Based in DCU, the successful candidate will assist our infrastructure and users in DCU & TCD, remotely and on-site when required.
    ●      Work independently on assigned support tickets and maintenance tasks.
    ●      Resolve assigned technical queries and assistance requests from our users ranging from day-to- day to more complex situations.
    ●      Monitor our infrastructure and perform correcting actions when alerts or warnings are received.
    ●      Activate and manage user accounts for over 300 ADAPT members, providing expert assistance and guidance in related to the Google Suite platform.
    ●      Familiarise and develop skills for a range of technologies used in the ADAPT Centre eg Docker, Git, OpenNebula, Ceph, HAproxy, Salt.
    ●      Provide training to ADAPT researchers to enable them to use our infrastructure optimally.
    ●      Monitor the performance of servers, software and hardware.
    ●      Ensure the smooth deployment of new applications.
    ●      Configuring internal systems.
    ●      Diagnosing and troubleshooting technical issues.


  • Skills & Qualifications

Essential Criteria 

  • Candidates must have a Primary Degree or equivalent (NFQ Level 7) in a relevant

Ideally candidates will also have:

  • 3 years’ appropriate experience in a similar role/environment.
  • The Ability to work
  • A personable, friendly approach to all interactions with end-users and fellow team
  • Familiarity and/or experience with GNU/Linux.
  • Willingness to quickly acquire practical knowledge on state-of-the-art IT
  • Capable of explaining complicated processes and practices to new users clearly and
  • Excellent written and oral proficiency in English (essential), good communication both written and

Knowledge/experience of the following technologies are a bonus: Docker, Git, OpenNebula, Ceph, HAproxy,

Essential Training

The individual will be required to undertake the following essential compliance training: Orientation, Health & Safety and Data Protection (GDPR). Other training may need to be undertaken when required.

Salary Scale: Professional 4 – €37,535 – €55,890

Appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and in line with current Government pay policy.

Closing date: Tuesday 15th November 2022


For more information on DCU and benefits, please visit Why work at DCU?

Informal Enquiries in relation to this role should be directed to:

Mr. Cormac McKenna, Senior Systems Administrator Email:

Please do not send applications to this email address, instead apply as described below.

Application Procedure

Application forms are available from the DCU Current Vacancies website at

Applications should be submitted by email with your completed application form to

Please clearly state the role that you are applying for in your application and email subject line: Job Ref #RF1635c System Administrator

Dublin City University is an equal opportunities employer.


In line with the Employment Equality Acts 1998 – 2015, the University is committed to equality of treatment for all those who engage with its recruitment, selection and appointment processes. The University’s Athena SWAN Bronze Award signifies the University’s commitment to promoting gender equality and addressing any gender pay gaps. Information on a range of university policies aimed at creating a supportive and flexible work environment are available in the DCU Policy Starter Packs

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