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System and Network Administrator @ILL

The Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), situated in Grenoble, France, and founded by France, Germany and the United Kingdom, is Europe’s leading research facility for fundamental research using neutrons. The ILL operates the brightest neutron source in the world, reliably delivering intense neutron beams to 40 unique scientific instruments. Every year, the Institute hosts over 2000 visits by scientists, who come to carry out world-class research in solid-state physics, crystallography, soft matter, biology, chemistry and fundamental physics.
The “Projects and Techniques Division”, which is responsible for the development of the ILL’s instruments and for technical support, currently has a vacancy within its IT service for a System and Network Administrator.

You will be part of the European project PaNOSC – Photon and Neutron Open Science Cloud, which brings together six major world-class European research infrastructures to create a fully integrated, pan-European information and analysis infrastructure supporting the scientific process.


As an active member of the ILL’s “Network and Data Services” group and through your involvement in the PaNOSC project, you will have the following duties:

  • Assisting scientific users with managing the storage of scientific data
  • Participating in the activities of the Network and Data Services group, in particular the maintenance and development of the cloud computing infrastructure (OpenStack, KVM, Docker, etc.)
  • Contributing, with the help of the group and of experts in the field, to the implementation of a solution enabling the transfer of large amounts of data between remote sites
  • Assisting with the deployment and maintenance of tools to give scientists access to cloud computing.

Qualifications and experience:

  • NVQ level 4 (or equivalent qualification) minimum in IT infrastructure.
  • Knowledge of Linux and standard Linux services (NFS, LDAP, File transfer protocol, etc.) would be appreciated.
  • Knowledge of OpenStack, virtualisation and container technologies would also be appreciated.
  • You are a recognised team player.

Language skills:

As an international research centre, we are particularly keen to ensure that we also attract applicants from outside France. You must have a sound knowledge of English and be willing to learn French (a language course will be paid for by the ILL). Knowledge of German would be an advantage.


Fixed-term contract (contract end: 1st December 2022).
Medical fitness for work under ionising radiation is required.


Generous company benefits (expatriation allowance), relocation assistance and language courses may be offered (for more information, please consult ILL employment conditions).

We care about Equal Opportunity and Diversity; therefore we encourage both men and women with relevant qualifications to apply.

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