About the Role

As a vital member of the UKTL team, you'll play a key role in implementing, managing, and maintaining our Linux-based platforms and services. Your work will ensure the stability and performance of our Linux environments, directly contributing to the success of our cutting-edge telecommunications solutions.

You will manage and maintain Linux-based systems, utilizing your expertise in Ubuntu and RHEL to troubleshoot and resolve issues efficiently. You'll implement and manage open-source tools such as Puppet and Foreman to streamline automation processes. Additionally, you'll deploy and oversee Linux patching systems, ensuring seamless application management and distribution.

Your role will also involve providing guidance and support to team members on Linux-related issues, fostering a collaborative and knowledgeable team environment. You'll oversee the Linux VDi desktops for the Evaluation team and manage Linux-based services across various projects. Supporting diverse DUT stakes by deploying and managing Linux-based technologies effectively will also be part of your responsibilities.

A strong commitment to Health & Safety is essential, ensuring the well-being of yourself and your colleagues through adherence to best practices and direct instructions.

Successful Applicants must be able to commute to the UKTL offices in Birmingham at least twice a week

We strive to offer a great work life balance - if you are looking for full time, part time or flexible options, we will try to make this work where business possible. This will be dependent on the kind of role you do and part of the business you work in.

About You

To excel in this role, you must have strong experience with Linux systems administration, particularly with Ubuntu and RHEL.

Proficiency in automation tools, such as Puppet and Foreman, is essential for streamlining our processes.

A solid understanding of network and security protocols will enable you to maintain and secure our infrastructure effectively.

Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail are crucial for diagnosing and resolving technical issues efficiently.

Strong communication and teamwork abilities are necessary for collaborating with your colleagues and supporting the broader team.

Please note:  Applications will be reviewed, and interviews conducted throughout the duration of this advert therefore we may at any time bring the closing date forward.  We encourage all interested applicants to apply as soon as practical.

We actively recruit citizens of all backgrounds, but the nature of our work in this specific area means that nationality, residency and security requirements are more tightly defined than others. To work in this role, you will need to have an SC clearance with no restrictions, or you must have the ability to obtain an SC clearance.

About Us

UK. Telecommunication Laboratory (UKTL)

Led by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, the UK Telecoms Lab (UKTL), announced in October 2022, will give the UK the cutting-edge technology to keep our telecommunications networks safe, accelerate the roll-out of 5G,and grow our brilliant telecoms sector by bringing in new entrants to diversify the supply chain market.

Read more about the UKTL here!

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is a world-leading centre of excellence that provides cutting-edge measurement science, engineering and technology to underpin prosperity and quality of life in the UK.

NPL and DSIT have strong commitments to diversity and equality of opportunity, and welcome applications from candidates irrespective of their background, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or age, providing they meet the required criteria. Applications from women, disabled and black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates in particular are encouraged. All disabled candidates (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) who satisfy the minimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview under the Disability Confident Scheme. 

At NPL, we believe our success is a result of the diversity and talent of our people. We strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, as part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we hold memberships and accreditations to ensure we’re creating an environment where all our colleagues feel supported and welcome, please see our Diversity & Inclusion page.

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.