Senior Systems Administrator

Vacancy Reference: 




Salary Range: 

£41,526 - £49,553 p.a.

Discretionary Scale: 

Discretionary range to £54,131 p.a.

Appointment Term: 


Closing Date: 

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 12:00


The Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford is looking for an experienced Senior Systems Administrator to join its friendly, dynamic and well established team, responsible for providing IT support for over 1,000 desktop users and a further 1,000 roving users within the department.

Reporting to the Head of IT, your responsibilities will include providing day-to-day user support and maintaining excellent levels of service delivery, whilst also progressing longer-term projects and proactively contributing to the creation and evolution of departmental IT strategy. As a senior member of an IT team of seven, you will be expected to assist team members in developing existing skills, and to take the technical lead, where appropriate, on complex projects and system developments. The IT team are responsible for collectively supporting system security, upgrades and development, as well as providing general IT support in person and via an email support request tracking system.

You will be educated to degree level and/or have relevant IT experience, with a high level of skill in systems administration. As the work of the post-holder will be varied, we are looking for someone with experience across a number of areas including configuration management systems, e.g. puppet, AD group policy; automated installation systems, e.g. preseeding, chocolatey, wpkg; and modifying, maintaining and writing scripts, e.g. Bash, Perl, Python, Batch, PowerShell. You must be able to converse with users at all technical levels, and work co-operatively with fellow team members on a day-to-day basis.

This is a permanent position. Although advertised at Grade 8, the department would be willing to consider candidates at Grade 7 (£32,817 - £40,322 p.a.) with potential but less experience who are seeking a development opportunity, for whom the responsibilities would be adjusted accordingly.

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If you would like to have an informal conversation about the post, please contact Dr Waldemar Schlackow ( or Dr Keith Gillow ( Informal queries about the application process should be directed to the Recruitment Co-ordinator, quoting the vacancy reference 147135.

Please note that candidates will be selected for interview based on their ability to meet the selection criteria as specified in the attached job description. You will be required to upload a supporting statement detailing how you meet each of these selection criteria, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact details of two referees as part of your online application. In addition, applicants will be asked to complete a brief online test at their convenience within the week following the closing date.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Thursday 10 September 2020. Interviews are anticipated to take place week commencing Monday 28 September 2020

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