IT Systems Administrator

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  • Full Time
  • Edinburgh
  • 5 March 2024

Website The University of Edinburgh

  • Salary: Grade UE06: £31,396 to £36,024 per annum (A revised salary range for this grade of £32,982 to £38,205 is planned to take effect from Spring 2024)
  • Department: ISG/ IT Infrastructure / Enterprise Services
  • Working hours: Full-time 35 hours per week
  • Contract type: Open-ended (permanent)

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to join the core infrastructure team of one of the world’s leading research universities as a Systems Administrator.

Within this role you will use enterprise technologies in a challenging and changing technical environment, and work in a team responsible for the provision of mission critical IT platforms on which most core University services rely. If buzzwords like VMware, Linux, DMARC, LDAP, Azure, AWS, Puppet and Git chime with you, we want to hear from you. If some of these are a mystery right now, we can support you through workplace training and development.

This is an open-ended position and we would ideally like someone to work 35 hrs per week (Monday-Friday), with occasional out of hours work. However, we are committed to offering flexibility where possible and are happy to consider working patterns such as compressed hours or staggered start/finish times. You will be able to work flexibly between home, our data centres and from our office with views of Edinburgh Castle.What we can offer you:

  • A competitive salary of £31,396 to £36,024 (A revised salary range for this grade of £32,982 to £38,205 is planned to take effect from Spring 2024)
  • An interesting and varied portfolio of services and IT infrastructures to work on, develop and support, including working in modern datacentres
  • Generous annual leave allowance of 40 days per year (inclusive of festive closure days)
  • Highly competitive defined-benefit pension scheme with a substantial employer contribution
  • A range of flexible working options to help prioritise work/life balance
  • A day of paid leave annually for your chosen volunteering activity
  • Access to excellent online learning and a Staff Scholarship fund
  • Varied staff discounts, family-friendly initiativessupport for staff wellbeing and more

Use our reward calculator to find out the total value of the pay and benefits for this role.

What the job involves:

  • Collaborating with other team members on maintaining services such as email infrastructure, directory services and authentication services.
  • Providing day to day assistance with the triaging and resolution of support calls and service requests as part of a third-line support team.
  • Working in close partnership with the Data Centre Manager to ensure the University’s data centres maintain a high-level of service availability.
  • Contributing to projects that will develop and improve the IT services of the University.

View the full job description and snapshot of a typical day.

A bit about you:


Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • An ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Sound understanding of Virtualisation and Linux systems and ideally a good working knowledge of Windows Server
  • Strong ability to pay attention to detail and work in a methodical and organised manner


  • Previous experience of working with large scale physical and virtualised infrastructure and application networking technologies like firewalls and load balancers.
  • Knowledge of shell scripting, Python and Puppet DSL.

Application procedure:

We welcome informal enquiries about the role – to find out more please email Graeme Wood (Head of Enterprise Services) at

We do not require support from recruitment agencies for this position.

The University is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. If you have the right skills for the job, we want to hear from you. We encourage applications from the right candidates regardless of age, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief or race.

Prior to any employment commencing candidates will be required to evidence Right to Work in the UK. 

On this occasion the University will not consider applicants requiring sponsorship for this role. International workers will therefore only be able to take up this role if they can demonstrate an alternative right to work in the UK.

To apply, upload a CV and cover letter before 5th March 2024.
Interviews will be held towards the end of March, preferably in person but can be online.

About us

As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.

About the team

The Infrastructure Division provides the core platforms and technologies on which the University’s research, learning, teaching and digital administration depend. This includes management of the University’s data and telephone networks and support of managed desktop computing and open-access computer suites. Two resilient data-centres host large-scale compute and data services for research, and server and storage infrastructure for providing enterprise services. The division also provides infrastructure technologies such as authentication and authorisation used by University I.T. services.
Please see for further information on the IT Infrastructure Division.