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Network Engineer

Key information

  • Location: EMBL-EBI Hinxton
  • Staff category: Staff Member
  • Job type: IT and Infrastructure
  • Contract duration: 3 years (renewable upto 9 years)
  • Grading: Grade 7 - 8 (Monthly starting salary £3,486 - £3,999 + other paid allowances and benefits)
  • Closing date: 23 March 2021
  • Reference number: EBI01782

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About this position

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced network engineer to join our network team within our Technical Services Cluster (TSC), serving an institute of over 800 researchers and administrative staff. You will be working closely with members of the TSC, and more widely with technical users across EMBL-EBI, playing an active role in the design, deployment and operation of our network. The EMBL-EBI network spans three geo-dispersed data centres connected via multiple 100Gb links to support the large data flows and processing services fundamental to EMBL-EBI activities.     

The services you will provide, along with the TSC provides enable EMBL-EBI’s technical research and administrative staff to make the world’s public biological data freely available to the scientific community via a range of services and tools, perform basic research and provide professional training in bioinformatics.

Your role

EMBL-EBI is custodian to an ever increasing volume of data which is made publicly available and is processed internally via multiple HPC clusters, virtualisation platforms and private & public clouds. This position offers you the chance to work with a great team, gain experience with a range of high end hardware, covering the gamut from routing and switching, firewalls and load balancers, as well as the opportunity to architect and implement EMBL-EBIs uniquely high bandwidth networking with cloud providers.

Working as part of the 3 member network team, under the direction of the Network and Data Centre Coordinator, you will:

  • Ensure the day-to-day operation, reliability, and integrity of EMBL-EBI networks
  • Recommend design and deploy future EMBL-EBI network systems and infrastructure, including both logical configuration and physical racking and cabling
  • Investigate and resolve complex issues where in-depth evaluation of various technical and non-technical factors is required
  • Build positive relationships, communicating openly and professionally within the team and with stakeholders from the TSC and wider EMBL-EBI community
  • Support collaboration with JISC and other EMBL-EBI ISPs, and other networking partners as required

You will work both collaboratively and with a reasonable degree of autonomy and regularly present your work back to collaborators and stakeholders to gather feedback. 

You have

  • At least 7 years of experience in the information technology and networking fields
  • A minimum of CCNA, ideally CCNP, or equivalent certification
  • Extensive and proven experience may be substituted for certification where appropriate
  • Experience in and deploying LAN/MAN/WAN functionality such switching and routing and cabling system

In-depth understanding of:

  • Routing protocols to include BGP and OSPF
  • Data Center switching
  • Access networks, including dynamic networking and 802.1x
  • Security technologies to include firewalls, VPNs, and security best practices
  • Experience in a heterogeneous computing and networking environment
  • Solid Linux and scripting skills
  • Solid interpersonal and written English communication skills

You might also have

  • Experience with Arista, Juniper, A10, F5 and Pulse Secure hardware
  • Solid conceptual understanding of DNS, DHCP and experience with Infoblox
  • Experience in architecting and deploying connectivity within and to cloud providers

Why join us

EMBL-EBI is a worldwide leader in bioinformatics. We encourage personal and professional development and are committed to ensuring our employees feel valued, supported and empowered to reach their potential at work.

Surrounded by beautiful South Cambridgeshire countryside, our state-of-the-art Campus provides employees with a relaxed atmosphere where the pursuit of scientific discovery and meaningful work, underpin every role. In addition, our employees have access to a wide range of benefits including:


  • 30 days annual leave per year plus 8 bank holidays
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Unique pension scheme including 17% employer contribution
  • Annual salary review
  • Private medical insurance for you and your immediate family (including all prescriptions and generous dental & optical cover)
  • Death benefit, long-term care, accident at work and unemployment insurances
  • Relocation package including installation grant (if required)
  • On-site library and subsidised on-site gym and cafeteria
  • Casual dress code
  • Free shuttle bus to and from Campus
  • Extensive sports and social club activities (run on campus and remotely)
  • Family benefits: Onsite nursery, child sick leave, generous parental leave, holiday clubs on campus and monthly family and child allowances
  • Benefits for non-UK residents:Visa exemption, education grant for private schooling, financial support to travel back to your home country every second year and a monthly non-resident allowance

What else you need to know

This position is a 3 year contract, renewable to a maximum of 9 years.

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system. 

At EMBL-EBI, we strongly believe that inclusive and diverse teams benefit from higher levels of innovation and creative thought. We encourage applications from women, LGBTQ and individuals from all nationalities. Visa Sponsorship (Exemption) will be offered to international candidates and details will be discussed during interview.

This role is based in Hinxton, UK and you will be required to relocate once it is safe to do so if you are currently based abroad. More info on how we are recruiting in this period is available on our page: Recruitment and Onboarding during Covid19.


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For questions or issues with the application process, please contact recruitment@ebi.ac.uk

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