To reinforce our team in Basel, Switzerland, we are seeking a Scientific Computing - Systems Administrator.
Scientific Computing - Systems Administrator


University of Basel (Unibas)

Work Location

Basel, Switzerland

Employment fraction


Type of contract


Job description

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. Coordination with lecturers and researchers regarding effective use of these services will be a collaborative effort with the Center for Data Analytics (CeDA), Research and Infrastructure Support for humanities and social sciences (RISE), and Educational Technologies.


Profile requirements

Your profile

Our ideal candidate has experience with systems administration of high performance computing infrastructure in a research context, with expertise in both Python and Jupyter applications, as well as proficient interpersonal skills for coordinating with a large and diverse user community. Previous work with parallelization techniques and the use of GPUs will be considered an asset. We expect our candidate to be flexible, proactive, capable of multi-tasking and to have an interest in supporting research and training.

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.

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

How to apply

We look forward to receiving your complete application via the university's online application portal.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, and names of three potential referees. Applications by email cannot be considered. Start date: 23 Jun 2022.The position will remain open until filled.

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