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The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for geosphere research. As a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres we are part of the largest scientific organization in Germany. With approximately 1,300 employees our key mission is to secure a profound understanding of the systems and processes of solid Earth, to develop strategies and options for action in addressing global change and its impacts on a regional level, to understand natural hazards and to minimize associated risks, to ensure the sustainable provision of energy and raw materials for a high-tech society and to evaluate the influence of human activity on system Earth.
For section 1.2 "Global Geomonitoring and Gravity Field",  we are looking for a:

IT Administartor (f_m_x) Outer Branch Oberpfaffenhofen

Reference Number 6401

At GFZ´s branch office in Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich, we develope, operate and analyse satellite missions, and we contribute to the International Terrestrial Reference Frame of the International Association of Geodesy. We process our data in a heterogeneous open source environment on a HPC cluster with more than 250 CPUs and a database of more than 500 TB in an SDS system.

Your responsibilities:

  • Installation, maintenance and monitoring of servers, storage systems, desktops, notebooks and other IT hardware
  • Network monitoring and management
  • Performing and monitoring of daily backups
  • Installation, configuration and maintenance of external, almost exclusively open source software
  • Error identification and solution of hardware and software problems
  • Collaboration with external partners for contract issues and problem resolution
  • Support of project related tasks
  • Documentation of activities

Your qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or natural sciences
  • Experience in system administration (advanced Linux, *BSD and Windows clients).
  • Experience in networking (TCP/IP, VLAN, VPN, management of routers, switches and firewalls)
  • Experience in virtualization: KVM, XEN, Virtualbox, containers
  • Scripting skills (e.g. shell, Perl, Python, PHP, Javascript, etc.)
  • Experience with open source software (installing, compiling, troubleshooting).
  • Ability to work independently
  • Communication skills (written/oral; German/English)

What we offer:

  • Ambitious and varied tasks in a dynamic and international research environment
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Public service benefits
  • Extensive training opportunities
  • Flexible working hours and conditions
  • Support with finding a good work-life balance offered by benefit@work
  • Attractive location in Oberpfaffenhofen in proximity to the DLR

Start date: 1st November 2022
Fixed-term: 2 years with possibility of a permanent contract (permanent contract for applicants currently working in a permanent position)
Salary: The position is classed as salary group 11 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet West)”. The salary group is determined on the basis of the Collective Wage Agreement and the respective personal qualifications. Depending on the number of applicants, an upgrading of the individual pay grade as well as a temporary skilled worker bonus of up to 1,000 € per month can be contemplated.
Working hours: Full-time (currently 39 h/week); The position is generally suitable for part-time work.
Place of work: Oberpfaffenhofen

Have we piqued your interest?

If so, we look forward to receiving your application by 4th September 2022. Please use our online application form only.

Diversity and equal opportunities are integral components of our human resources policy. The GFZ actively promotes diversity and explicitly welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, regardless of ethnic and social origin, nationality, gender, sexual orientation and identity, religion/belief, age and physical characteristics. Anyone who has been recognized as severely disabled, will be given preferential consideration in the event of equal suitability and qualification in accordance with the provisions of the German Social Code IX. If you have any questions, please contact our representative for the severely disabled at sbv[at]gfz-potsdam.de, who will be happy to assist you in the further application process. In case of further queries regarding gender equality, please do not hesitate to contact our Equal Opportunities Officer at gba[at]gfz-potsdam.de.

Your personal data will be processed for the purpose of conducting the selection procedure on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 b, Art. 88 GDPR in conjunction with Art. 26 of the Data Protection Act for the State of Brandenburg. After completion of the procedure, application documents will be deleted in compliance with data protection regulations.

In case of any further queries relating to the field of activity, please contact Prof. Dr. Frank Flechtner via email at frank.flechtner@gfz-potsdam.de. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Buge under +49 (0)331-288-28787.

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