[ubuntu-uk] JOB: Scalability Engineer/Senior Linux Systems Administrator

David Pashley david at davidpashley.com
Tue Feb 3 11:13:26 GMT 2009

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== Job Description: ==

We currently have a vacancy for a highly skilled Scalability Engineer/
Senior Linux Systems Administrator (permanent), to be based at our
offices in central Brighton, a stone's throw from Brighton station.

The successful candidate will join a team of three existing Systems
Administrators responsible for the management and upkeep of our live
infrastructure, including around 75 servers, comprising of web, database
and email clusters. Our systems has 1.7 million users and handles 5
million hits and 130,000 mail deliveries a day. They will also be
involved in recommending and implementing technologies to improve
scalability, performance, monitoring and reliability. The role will
involve liaising with Customer Support and Development teams.

== Skills Range: ==

The successful candidate would ideally be experienced working with
Ubuntu/Debian, Tomcat and MySQL in a large scale multi-tiered,
multi-server J2EE web application, although experience of alternative
technologies would be acceptable.

They must also have experience of Apache, Exim, TCP/IP, network security
and scripting (shell and, ideally, one of Perl or Python). You should
also have knowledge of working with large scale systems and modern
techniques for horizontally scaling web applications, including data
partitioning, caching strategies and distributed file storage systems.

Additional consideration will be paid to candidates with knowledge of
BGP and OSPF routing on Juniper (or Cisco) routers, VLANs, Xen, DNS
using Bind and PowerDNS, IMAP using Dovecot, server monitoring using
Nagios and Munin, Java, PHP, SSL and public key encryption, LDAP, Linux
virtual server, automatic server installation using debian-installer
pre-seeding and puppet, Debian packaging and server hardware. This is an
excellent opportunity to learn any missing skills in an enterprise-level

You need to be comfortable working in an environment of rapid
development, within a multi-disciplined technical team, and be expected
to actively contribute to the evolution of working practices and

== Salary: ==

27K - 35K depending on experience.

== About DB Education: ==

DB Education Services Ltd is a leading provider of Learning Platforms
for the UK Schools market and a supplier of software products to the
Education and Local Authority market. See Products page for further

We supply Regional Broadband Consortia (including the VLE contract for
the leader in this market, LGfL), LA’s and Schools across England and

All products are designed and written from our base in Brighton, the
UK’s leading e-learning city, by a vastly experienced team of

DB designed the UK’s first large scale Virtual Learning Environment
(VLE), the first specialist Primary School Learning Platform for a LA
(the much acclaimed Starz programme for Cambridgeshire LA) and now the
first Learning Platform, DB Primary, designed solely for Primary

== Additional Information: ==

Previous applicants need not apply. Strictly no agencies please! We
really do not recruit via agencies. No, really.

== How to apply: == 

If you feel you have the necessary qualities and skills
then please email us your CV with a short covering letter (including
salary expectations, and where you found this job advertisement) to
jobs at dbeducation.co.uk.

David Pashley
david at davidpashley.com
Nihil curo de ista tua stulta superstitione.

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