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Linux System Administrator - Bash/Script (EU Commission)

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Job Introduction

At Serco, we strive to promote and enable the diversity, development, wellbeing and safety of our people. We understand that healthier, happier employees go hand-in-hand with strong business performance, enhanced productivity and better outcomes for those we serve. We want everybody who works for Serco to have a positive experience and access to opportunities to develop in their chosen careers.

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy. As subcontractor, Serco Italia S.p.A. is currently looking for a Linux System Administrator - Bash/Script to join our great team in Ispra (VA)!

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We would love to hear from you and your interest in this new job opportunity!

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Role Responsibility

Are you looking to secure a career in a public sector environment? We would love to hear from you! 

Context and introduction

As the science and knowledge service of the Commission, the mission of DG Joint Research Centre is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle. The JRC is located in 5 Member States (Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain). Further information is available at: I03 – Text and Data Mining, Directorate I – Competences, aims to de-velop, provide access to, and apply text and (big) data mining, management and analysis. The Unit also provides: (i) guidance on the use of statistical da-ta mining methods as well as text mining and analysis techniques for information extraction; (ii) one-stop-shop for tools, services and training for the EU institutions and strategic partners to support their needs in the fields of open sources intelligence, media monitoring, information harvesting and analysis as well as innovation monitoring, statistical data mining and visuali-sation; (iii) set-up of Competence Centres in these areas as appropriate. The Big Data Analytics Platform project (BDAP) is managing a central platform for data storage, management, processing, analysis, visualization, and dissemination at JRC level. A major source of data stored and processed in the BDAP are data collecctions from the Copernicus programme. Based on user requirements the Big Data Platform has been designed and implemented. The scope of this contract is the management and further extension of core components of the platform.


The overall objective is to manage core components of the BDAP infrastructure as basis for Copernicus data management and processing. Services of the platform shall be maintained and further developed, taking into account security aspects and new technologies, to best serve the needs of Copernicus users, and to adapt the systems to new requirements. The work shall be executed in close collaboration with other team members, bringing tested configurations and set-ups to an operational level.

As Linux System Administrator you will be responsible for:

The consultant will work on activities included in Unit I03 Work Programme and will be expected to contribute to all the tasks listed below:

Management of core system components

The consultant shall manage in collaboration with BDAP team members core components of the infrastructure, covering hardware installation and configuration, service set-up and maintenance, using where possible scripted and automated procedures.

New network layout implementation

The consultant shall support the BDAP team in migration of the current server and storage infrastructure to a new network layout for improved security and extendibility.

Migration of services to Kubernetes-based environments

The consultant shall be involved in extending and migrating existing services to a Kubernetes-based environment.

System security

The consultant shall support the BDAP project team in improving the security of existing and newly set up services of the platform.

Documentation of work

The consultant shall document the routines and scripts, configurations, and results in the project wiki and code repositories. On-line documentation for end-users and developers shall be generated using documentation generator tools.

In return, we offer a friendly, supportive and professional environment that respects your work/life balance and ultimately contributes to the delivery of public services in Italy and around the world.

Successful Candidate

Your skills: 

  • Sound experience in Linux environments, their deployment and administration, including shell scripting and system monitoring.
  • Good knowledge of virtualization technologies (Xen, KVM) and Docker container environments.
  • Experience in system automation and configuration management tools (Ansible, Foreman) and infrastructure as code.
  • Knowledge of Linux network configuration and security.
  • Knowledge of network file systems with related services (like Samba, Kerberos, LDAP, etc.) and web service administration would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of Python programming language would be an asset.

General skills

  • Autonomous and accurate working style.
  • Good working knowledge in English.
  • Capability of integration in a multicultural/international environment, rapid self-starting capability and experience in working in a team.

Work environment

The consultant will work from home or will be located at the contractor’s premises. Occasional presence on Commission premises is foreseen.



Any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing documents to verify your identity and employment eligibility, as required by law.

Applicants are reminded that they will be requested to produce such documentation during the recruitment process.

Please contact a member of the recruitment team if you require further details of acceptable types of documentation required for verification of identity and work authorization. 

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Package Description

Joining Serco Italy’s amazing team offers:

  • Competitive Salary 
  • Great career opportunities in the Space industry
  • Corporate Benefits Package
  • Support provided to EU Nationals requiring relocation – Information available upon request
  • Company events
  • International environment

About the Company

Why should you join Serco ?

At Serco not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play.

Meaningful and vital work - You’ll contribute to methodologically intercepting challenges whilst achievements will also be recognised and celebrated.

A world of opportunity - You’ll be wholeheartedly supported with development and career progression

Great people - You’ll become an integral member of a well-defined and supportive team who believe passionately in the value of our work.

What we offer

  • Chance to contribute to innovation in the public services sector
  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion
  • Permanent employment with comprehensive Serco Benefits package.

About Serco

At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play when managing complex public services.  

We are a team of 60,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world, we are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.

By joining Serco you will have unlimited access to our Global Employee Networks – SercoInspire (Gender), SercoEmbrace (Multicultural), SercoUnlimited (Disability) and In@Serco (LGBT & Networks). Serco Employee Networks, led by colleagues who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging. 


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