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Lead Infrastructure Operations Engineer

Research Technologies

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £43,413 to £56,591 per annum
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Monday 05 December 2022
Reference:  084722

The University of Surrey has an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team within a complex scientific computing environment, which increasingly relies on large scale compute and bleeding-edge technology to meet the needs of our research departments.

Our IT Services team is plugged in to the whole University, and our digital transformation work underpins the University’s renewed strategy.  IT is growing our digital transformation capability, improving student experience, and helping increase our research impact, all while maturing how we operate and creating the type of working environment that we want to work in.   

It’s a vibrant and exciting time to join a great and well-respected team at the heart of the University’s strategic plans, working in a collaborative and diverse culture which brings out the best in our teams across the University.

We operate a flexible, hybrid style remote working policy, and offer industry-leading benefits including up to 40 days Holiday, 30% Pension, subsidised membership at state-of-the-art fitness facilities, and more!




As Lead Infrastructure Operations Engineer, you’ll be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Research Computing infrastructure operations team, which is tasked with the development and support of IT infrastructure, systems and services required by the University to enable and enhance its Research and teaching activities. Other responsibilities include:


  • Manage the workload of the team, ensuring sufficient focus is given to identified priorities by adopting and driving agile methodologies to ensure our goals align with that of the University’s Strategy.
  • Mentor and train team members and identify training needs to inform our long term skills development strategy.
  • Play an active role in the provisioning, installation, configuration, security, operation and general health management of physical and virtual compute resources both on-premises, in 3rd party Co-location facilities and in the cloud. This includes High Performance Compute clusters, Storage and backup systems, authentication and directory services, infrastructure management tools and general IT infrastructure components with a strong focus on Linux based systems overall.
  • Bring a high level of technical expertise and support within IT projects, including the purchase and deployment of new Research computing systems and services, ensure system stability, security and availability and create technical and user documentation to support live services.





What’s in it for you?



We think Surrey is an amazing place to work. We’re a global community of ideas and people, dedicated to life-changing education and research, and are carefully crafting a dynamic, flexible, and fun place to work and thrive.


Our campus is based in beautiful landscaped grounds, offering greenery, a lake and plenty of space for colleagues to meet, collaborate and reflect.

Alongside our unique collegiate atmosphere on-site and flexible hybrid/home working opportunities, we also offer:

  • Base salary from £43,413 to £56,591
  • Annual Incremental pay rise
  • Market-leading pension up to 30%
  • 32 Days Holiday (PLUS Bank Holidays!)
  • Salary Sacrifice Benefits including subsidised rail fare, cycle to work and on-site childcare
  • Access to world-class fitness facilities at discounted rates

If you would like to be considered for this role then please submit a full application below, or email Tom Dubber at for more information.

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In return we offer a generous pension, relocation assistance where appropriate , flexible working options including job share and blended home/campus working locations (dependent on work duties), access to world-class leisure facilities on campus, a range of travel schemes and supportive family friendly benefits including an excellent on-site nursery.

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The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.






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