Linux systems administrator with an interest in data analytics


The Norwegian Veterinary Institute (NVI) is looking for a person motivated to make a difference in public and animal health and welfare in a permanent fulltime position as a linux systems administrator. 

The NVI is continuously implementing new methods for disease surveillance, diagnostics, preparedness and research. Presently, the NVI is in the process of introducing new DNA sequencing technology, which requires the establishment of a linux environment for data analysis. To ensure a sustainable development of this linux environment, the section for Infrastructure is strengthening its in-house linux resources with this position. In this position, you will contribute to and help shape the Linux development roadmap together with the IT network team. In addition, you will be working closely with IT skilled bioinformatics researchers across the institute.

If you recognize the work description below and consider yourself a candidate for this position, we are very pleased to meet you. NVI has a strong international profile and is quite familiar with assisting applicants from abroad. NVI provides a well-defined program for non-Norwegian speakers to learn Norwegian within the first couple of years. The Institute is currently in the process of relocating from Oslo, Norway to Ås, which is approximately 35 km from downtown Oslo.   

Work description

Your main responsibility will be to set up and maintain a linux based high performance computing data analysis environment for the NVI. The linux infrastructure is provided by an external provider, and you are expected to work closely with them, as well as with relevant people internally. In addition, you will assist with managing data transfer systems, databases, and tools for analysis for various types of biological data. You will also work closely with the in-house bioinformatics group, and assist them with installation and management of bioinformatics software and data. Depending on interest, there is also an opening for developing analysis tools in collaboration with the bioinformatics team and other researchers. In this position, you will play an important role in the future development of the NVI biological data infrastructure and data analysis tool kit. We offer opportunities for knowledge development, and have high regards for knowledge sharing. Assistance by the research/bioinformatics staff currently at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute will be given to help direct the work.

Required background :

•      Master’s degree or equivalent work experience within IT 

•      Linux system administration and shell scripting experience

•      High performance computing experience including cluster resource management tools

•      Experience in development and operation of SQL databases

•      Experience with software development

•      Python, R, java or other programming language knowledge

•      Excellent communication in English

Desired skills:  

•      HPC queue management with slurm, and container technologies (Docker/Singularity)

•      Experience with web development projects  

•      Experience with bioinformatics, bioinformatics tools and pipelines

•      Participation in development of free and open software

Personal qualities:

•      Ability and interest in working in a multi-disciplinary team

•      Self-driven and capable of working independently

•      Ability and interest in learning new skills, using new methods to solve problems, and an interest in sharing knowledge with  others


Contract and salary

The current position is offered as a full time (37,5 hr per week) position.

The salary follows the regulations set by the Norwegian State for the category of 1364 senior adviser, depending on qualifications. There is a compulsory membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund with a deduction of 2% of the salary, giving opportunities for favourable loan offers.

The Norwegian Veterinary Institute offers flexible working time, a good working environment and opportunity for rental of the institute’s mountain cabin and sports facilities.

The Veterinary Institute is committed to diversity, and we therefore encourage anyone who is qualified to apply for the position, regardless of age, gender, ability to function, gaps in CV, national or ethnic background.

If you find the above of interest, we look forward to seeing your application. CV, diploma, certificates and other relevant documents must be attached to the application. For further information about the position, you are welcome to contact section leader The Thanh Nguyen or researcher Karin Lagesen

We point out that the CV is used for an extended list of applicants. If you want to be exempted from the public applicant list, this must be justified in the application. Information can be published even if you have requested not to be listed on the applicant list, but you will be notified if the request for a reservation is not complied with.

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