Operations Specialist

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We are looking for an Operations Specialist to support our Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC). The Operations Specialist would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC) is a multi-disciplinary team of approximately twenty scientists, software engineers and operations staff working in Victoria, BC. The CADC is a world leader in providing access to astronomical data and catalogues, and currently operates one of the largest collections of astronomy data in the world. The primary data collections at the CADC are the Canadian Virtual Observatory and the archives for various sources (the Hubble Space Telescope, the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, the Gemini telescopes, the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, the Galactic Plane Survey and others). The CADC also supports the development and operations of the Canadian Advanced Network for Astronomical Research (CANFAR), a cloud-oriented processing and storage service for Canadian astronomy researchers. The CADC is also an active participant in developing standards and implementing services in the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA).

The CADC operational environment is largely Linux-based, with a mix of in-house and cloud (OpenStack, kubernetes, bare metal) resources. This heterogeneous environment is used to support the CADC and CANFAR web and storage services and infrastructure, which utilize different relational databases (Postgresql, Sybase) in a largely Java-based development environment. CADC development and operations share an Agile approach to management, and work closely with local Shared Services Canada staff.

Reporting to the Operations Manager, CADC, the successful candidate will participate in the management and configuration of CADC and CANFAR services, applications, and other software, and in the migration of these to a more scalable kubernetes environment.

Key activities
1.Application and service configuration and deployment, with testing, and utilizing existing automation tools, source control, and other related system management resources;
2.Development and implementation of service deployment plans with a focus on preserving service availability and user experience;
3.Responding to service outages and user tickets;
4.Writing documentation for CADC staff and for users;
5.Participating in planning and operations meetings including daily stand-up, iteration planning, and retrospective meetings;
6.Recommending and building prototypes for proof-of-concept explorations;
7.Communicating and coordinating with other team members for all activities; and
8.Performing other related duties.

Education
Bachelor Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a related field.

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Experience
•Experience with Linux system/service administration in a data centre or cloud environment.
•Experience with deploying, monitoring, and managing highly-available web services
•Experience with IT automation systems (e.g. Puppet, Chef, Ansible).
•Experience with providing user support via a ticket or issue management system.

Assets:
•Experience with deploying services using systems such as docker or kubernetes.
•Experience with Apache httpd/tomcat configuration.

Condition of Employment
Reliability Status

Relocation
Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC’s directives.

Salary Range
From $68,865 to $86,472 per annum.

An incumbent occupying a position within the CS Group is currently entitled to receive a terminable allowance of $176 per month.

Notes
•A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
•NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
•Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
•The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.

As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Measures for accommodation are available to all candidates retained for further assessment.

Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (6781) to:
E-mail: NRC.NRCHiring-EmbaucheCNRC.CNRC@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
Telephone: 613-991-1125
Closing Date: 16 July 2019 – 23:59 Eastern Time

Apply now: https://recruitment-recrutement.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/job/Victoria-Operations-Specialist-BC/535223517/?locale=en_GB

 

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