Nov 30, 2023

CNAG – The Institute

The Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico (CNAG) is one of the largest Genome Sequencing Centers in Europe.

The CNAG Consortium aims to carry out large-scale projects in DNA/RNA analysis for the improvement of quality of life in collaboration with the Spanish, European and International Research Community. CNAG researchers participate in major International Genome Initiatives such as the Human Cell Atlas (HCA), the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC), the International Human Epigenome Consortium (IHEC), the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium (IRDiRC), the European Reference Genome Atlas (ERGA) and the European Infrastructure for life-science information (ELIXIR), as well as in several EU-funded projects.

CNAG occupies approximately 1,400 square meters of laboratory and office space and operates 4 Illumina instruments (3 NovaSeq6000 and 1 MiSeq) and 2 large Oxford Nanopore Technologies sequencers (1 PromethION 24 and 1 GridION Mk1) that produce more than 7 Tbases of sequencing data per day. The sequencing operation is supported by an extensive informatics infrastructure: 15 petabyte of data storage, 10.000 computing cores and an internal 56 Gb/s network. The operation is certified ISO 9001 and accredited ISO 17025 and serves to deliver standardized, high-quality data for research and clinics. CNAG has highly developed single-cell operation equipped with a 10x Chromium X, 10x Chromium Connect, MissionBio Tapetri for individual cell analyses and for tissue analysis a Nanostring CosMx, 10x Visium and Stereo-seq.

The CNAG has more than 100 professionals, structured in different units such Bioinformatics, Sequencing, Single-cell, Research and Corporate Management.

The Role

We are looking for a junior system administrator/DevOps engineer to join the IT department, to work with the existing team to manage and improve our IT infrastructure and software development processes. This position is ideal for someone who is interested in developing their skills and career in the field of DevOps engineering. As a junior sysadmin, you will start by providing technical support to end users, such as troubleshooting issues, setting up accounts and workstations, and installing and configuring software and hardware. This will help you gain hands-on experience and familiarity with our IT infrastructure and software development processes. As you progress in your role, you will gradually transition to more DevOps engineering tasks, such as managing network servers, monitoring performance and maintaining systems, enhancing security protocols, automating manual processes, and building integrations. You will also collaborate with other engineers, project managers and clients to deliver high-quality products and services. This position will provide you with opportunities to learn new technologies, tools and best practices, as well as to take on new challenges and responsibilities.

Whom would we like to hire?

• A bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering or a related field, or equivalent work experience
• Proven experience as a system administrator, network administrator or DevOps engineer, or a similar role
• Strong knowledge of operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, Unix, etc.
• Strong knowledge of networking concepts and protocols, such as TCP/IP, UDP, HTTP, DNS, DHCP, etc.
• Strong knowledge of programming languages, such as Python, Ruby, Java, C#, etc.
• Strong knowledge of web development technologies, such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, etc.
• Strong knowledge of software development methodologies and tools, such as agile, scrum, git, Jenkins, etc.
• Excellent problem-solving and communication skills
• Ability to provide step-by-step technical help, both written and verbal
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to work independently and in a team
• A strong passion for learning and innovation, as well as the willingness to take on new challenges and responsibilities.

Specific tasks:

• Research and identify solutions to software and hardware issues
• Diagnose and troubleshoot technical issues, including account setup and network configuration
• Ensure all issues are properly logged
• Prioritize and manage several open issues at one time
• Follow up with clients to ensure their IT systems are fully functional after troubleshooting
• Prepare accurate and timely reports
• Document technical knowledge in the form of notes and manuals
• Installing and configuring software and hardware according to the specifications and requirements.
• Managing network servers and technology tools such as routers, switches, firewalls, etc1
• Setting up accounts and workstations for users and developers
• Monitoring performance and maintaining systems to ensure availability, security, scalability and efficiency.
• Troubleshooting issues and outages related to software, hardware, network and cloud
• Ensuring security through access controls, backups and firewalls.
• Guiding teams in designing, building, testing and deploying changes to existing software using agile methodologies and tools.
• Identifying manual processes that can be automated using scripting languages, tools and frameworks.

The Offer

• Contract duration: initially 2 years
• Estimated annual gross salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and consistent with our pay scales.
• Target start date: as soon as possible

We provide a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructures, and unique professional career development opportunities.

We offer and promote a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation.

We are committed to reconcile a work and family life for our employees and are offering the opportunity to benefit from annual leave and flexible working hours.

Application Procedure

All applications must include:

• A complete CV including contact details.
• Contact details of two referees.

All applications must be addressed to Dr. Gonzalo Vera – /

Deadline: Please submit your application by 30/11/2023

Interview: Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview at CNAG on 1/12/2023

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