Systems Administrator
University of Basel

Scientific Computing - Systems Administrator


The University of Basel is the oldest university in Switzerland, and ranked among the best in the world due to its research achievements. It counts over 12'000 students and 4'300 researchers in 7 faculties active in domains from humanities and social sciences to natural sciences. Data science applications are transforming the research landscape and enabling novel transdisciplinary approaches. Interactive scientific computing is critical for FAIR and cutting-edge data visualization, statistical modeling, and machine learning applications for teaching and research. Towards strengthening our capacity in the growing area of Data Science, we invite applications for an Interactive Scientific Computing Systems Administrator (100%). The position will be hosted by sciCORE - the Center for Scientific Computing.

Your position

The successful candidate will be integrated with the systems administration team of sciCORE and contribute to development and feature extensions of JupyterHub and similar frameworks for interactive scientific computing in both research and teaching contexts. Further developments in support of web applications such as Shiny and Flask/Dash and related container and repository technologies are also expected. Hands-on assistance and the development of templates and documentation for the user community will be an important aspect of this role. The technical development and maintenance of these and other sciCORE services will be conducted as part of the sciCORE team.


With the support of the existing team of sysadmins, our new collaborator will:

  • Configure, deploy, maintain and document scientific computing frameworks offered as a service (JupyterHub, RStudio, Shiny, etc.), with a focus on stability and performance.
  • Interact with users of the service (in particular the Center for Data Analytics, CeDA) to ensure that the setup offered is adapted to the needs, considering available resources
  • Contribute to the general operations of sciCORE as a scientific computing service (e.g. user support)

Your profile

Our ideal candidate has the following profile:

  • Masters in computer sciences or equivalent, or academic degree in a computational domain
  • Strong experience with Linux systems administration, preferably in a research environment
  • Hands-on experience in configuring, deploying and supporting complex web services: incl. application and management services (e.g. access control, monitoring, logging)
  • Hands-on experience with script-based system management (bash, Python) and in using version control systems for configuration management (e.g. git)
  • Knowledge of HPC management with tools such as Ansible, EasyBuild, Foreman, XenServer, slurm (or equivalent)
  • Experience with container technologies (Docker, Singularity) and advanced computing techniques (parallelization, use of GPUs) is a strong asset.
  • Experience with core IT security technologies (firewall and SSH server configuration, key management, VPNs)
Our new collaborator will interact with lecturers and researchers at the university to define the requirements of the service. We thus expect our candidate to be flexible, proactive, capable of multi-tasking and to be motivated by supporting research and training in a very diverse community of users.

We offer you

At sciCORE you will be part of a highly efficient and motivated team of diverse scholarly IT specialists. Our team includes scientific software engineers, data infrastructure managers, IT systems administrators, and a team of data analysts in collaboration with the Center for Data Analytics (CeDA). You will have the opportunity to work with world-leading researchers across the spectrum of academic disciplines, as well as contribute to training in scientific computing for the next generation of scientists. We support our team members in their own training, networking and career development. The initial contract is for 2 years, with the possibility for extension to a long-term contract following performance evaluations.

The University of Basel is an equal opportunity and family friendly employer committed to excellence through diversity.

Application / contact

We look forward to receiving your complete application via the university's online application portal (see button below). Applications should include a curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, and names of three potential referees. Applications by email cannot be considered. For further information, please contact

The position will remain open until filled.

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