The European Gravitational Observatory (EGO), in order to consolidate and expand the Information Technology services that allow the observation of gravitational waves and support the future research, opens a call for a 1+1 years Systems Administrator position in the Information Technology Department. EGO is a French-Italian consortium founded by INFN and CNRS to foster European collaboration in gravitational wave research. EGO is located in Cascina, near Pisa, Italy and hosts the Virgo gravitational waves detector, one of the three most sensitive gravitational-wave detecting instruments in the world. The Virgo project involves the participation of about 25 laboratories with nearly 300 scientists, engineers and technicians from France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary and Spain. The EGO IT Department has the responsibility of the design and operation of the local IT infrastructure supporting the EGO consortium mission, the Advanced Virgo experiment on-line computing and data storage for the prompt detection of gravitational waves and the Virgo collaboration institutional activity. The IT facilities include a Datacenter with 1200 CPU cores and 3PB of disk storage and a high speed network covering the 3 km x 3 km site extension. The IT systems and activities include various virtualization platforms, linux clusters, an HTCondor farm, shared file systems and data handling software, security assessment and identity management, a Web framework and the integration of the AdVirgo collaboration provided subsystems.


The successful candidate will participate in the design, implementation and operation of the linux-based systems in a challenging environment including both mission-critical continuous service and development of forefront technologies. The post may require the selected candidate works outside of normal working hours, including nights, weekends and public holidays, and may require participation in a regular on-call service. It may happen to cope with technically difficult situations, and to work within strict deadlines.

 Essential required qualifications and experience

  • Bachelor or Master level degree in a scientific/technical field (Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics) with application/usage of computing systems;
  • Good command in English;

Desired qualifications and experience
One or more of the following will be an asset:

  • Hands-on experience in the administration of unix-based computing and storage systems in clustered configurations
  • Hands-on experience in networking
  • Good command in Italian

Personal skills

  • Capacity to integrate in the common environment, administer and troubleshoot third-party commercial hardware/software systems by developing an in-depth knowledge equivalent to a second-level support engineer;
  • Capacity to work in team but also in autonomy following the agreed architectural guidelines and operational procedures;
  • Capacity to act as a first-level backup for IT tasks outside of his/her own specialization.

General requirements

  • European citizenship
  • No criminal convictions
  • Driving license

Place of work
EGO – European Gravitational Observatory – via E. Amaldi 56021 Loc. S.Stefano a Macerata – Cascina (Pisa) ITALY.

Type of contract
1 + 1 years contract at the level of “Tecnologo” according to the “Contratto Collettivo di Lavoro del Personale EGO” (EGO personnel collective bargaining agreement).

Selection procedure
The selection will be made considering candidate qualifications and experience. The first phase of the selection will be based on the examination of the CVs and Application Forms. The best candidates will be admitted to the final phase, which will consist of an interview.

How to apply?
Candidates can send their CV and the EGO Application Form (to be found here), to quoting the reference number of this vacancy notice.

Closing date for applications
March 15th 2020

Start of contract
The earliest possible after April, 5th 2020