Senior Systems Administrator

  • Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
  • Andrew Wiles Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG
  • Feb 21, 2020
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Job Description

Do you consider yourself a highly skilled systems administrator? Are you enthusiastic about working co-operatively as part of an expert team where quality of service, attention to detail, and a willingness to respond positively to new challenges are equally important? Do you have the ability to converse with users at all technical levels, and to respond systematically and methodically to problems even under pressure? Are you able to work well independently as well as part of a wider team?

If so, we would like to hear from you.

The Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford is looking for an experienced Senior Systems Administrator to join its friendly, dynamic and well established team, responsible for providing IT support for over 1,000 desktop users and a further 1,000 roving users within the department. Reporting to the Head of IT, your responsibilities will include providing day-to-day user support and maintaining excellent levels of service delivery, whilst also progressing longer-term projects and proactively contributing to the creation and evolution of departmental IT strategy. As a senior member of an IT team of seven, you will be expected to assist team members in developing existing skills, and to take the technical lead, where appropriate, on complex projects and system developments. The IT team are responsible for collectively supporting system security, upgrades and development, as well as providing general IT support in person and via an email support request tracking system.

This is a permanent position. Although advertised at Grade 8, the department would be willing to consider candidates at Grade 7 (£32,817 - £40,322 p.a.) with potential but less experience who are seeking a development opportunity, for whom the responsibilities would be adjusted accordingly.

If you would like to have an informal conversation about the post, please contact Dr Waldemar Schlackow ( or Dr Keith Gillow ( Informal queries about the application process should be directed to the Recruitment Co-ordinator, quoting the vacancy reference 145548.

Please note that candidates will be selected for interview based on their ability to meet the selection criteria as specified in the attached job description. You will be required to upload a supporting statement detailing how you meet each of these selection criteria, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact details of two referees as part of your online application. In addition, applicants will be asked to complete a brief online test at their convenience within the week following the closing date.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 23 March 2020. Interviews are anticipated to take place on Monday 20 April 2020.


University, Database Development-Administration, Desktop Service and Support, Network and Server Administration


Grade 8: £41,526 - £49,553 with a discretionary range to £54,131 p.a.

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