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Cloud DevOps Engineer

Job no: 0049705
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time; Fixed-term for 4 years
Department: Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC)
Salary: UOM 7 - $106,432 - $115,211 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Contribute to the development and operation of the Nectar Research Cloud compute and storage services for research, facilitating national and international collaborations
  • Opportunity to be part of the ARDC Nectar Cloud Services team, shaping the future of cloud and storage services for research communities
  • Brilliant benefits and a flexible hybrid work environment!

About the Role
The ARDC Nectar Research Cloud is powered by OpenStack and provides computing resources to researchers across Australia. You, as a Cloud Development and Operations Engineer, will be passionate about the ongoing DevOps practice and the reality of running a large distributed system that is the Nectar Research Cloud, enabling the next generation of research capabilities across many research disciplines. You will be involved in the building and running of infrastructure for testing and production, the integration of storage and network services, monitoring, as well as helping support, inform, and guide how to best build, deliver, and operate our Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings.

Who we are looking for
We’re looking for a dedicated and collaborative DevOps engineer who loves automation. You will become familiar with the intricacies of OpenStack, Puppet and CI/CD automation processes (if not already!). We value open source and as community players there will be opportunities to contribute upstream to OpenStack and other related projects.  Your linux systems administration, problem solving, and communication skills will help you thrive in this role.

Strong teamwork, problem-solving abilities, and effective communication are essential for collaborating with colleagues, other ARDC teams and stakeholders. Familiarity with cybersecurity practices, AI technologies, and Agile methodologies is a plus but not required.

We encourage applicants with advanced expertise and skills to apply, as there are potential opportunities at elevated levels within the team.

What you will be doing

  • Design and implement services and infrastructure to support the Nectar Research Cloud
  • Maintain existing Nectar Research Cloud platforms (Virtualisation, Container Orchestration, APIs, Infrastructure, backups, and more)
  • Participate in the broader Nectar Research Cloud community across Australia and New Zealand
  • Participate in incident response and blameless postmortems
  • Implement and manage configuration changes to ensure system reliability and performance.

Why ARDC Nectar Research Cloud?

  • Impactful Work: Your contributions will directly support the research efforts of scientists and researchers across Australia.
  • Growth and Development: We support continuous learning and professional development, offering opportunities to work with cutting-edge technologies and contribute to the open-source community.
  • Collaborative Environment: Work with a passionate and skilled team dedicated to excellence in cloud services and research support.

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements please refer to the attached PD.

This role requires the successful candidate to undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check. This is essential to guarantee a secure environment for all individuals at the University. In the case the selected candidate doesn't have a valid Working with Children Check, they will be able to apply for the WWCC as part of the initial onboarding procedures.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

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What we offer you!
In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services, and discounts on graduate courses. For more information check out our benefits page!

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If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience

Please note that you are not required to respond to the selection criteria in the Position Description.

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If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the contact details listed on the Position Description.

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