EGEE Monitoring and Operations at CERN



Engineer or Physicist (Computing) in the Information Technology (IT) Department, in the Grid Deployment Group in the areas of Grid monitoring development and support and Grid operations support.

Date of Publication: 07.04.2008

Programme Staff Staff Category Computer Scientists Number of posts 1 Job Reference IT-GD-2008-33-LD

Professional Code / Code Professionnel 208

2nd professional code 214

Career Path / Filière de Carrière E

English Version

La version française suivra.


The Information Technology (IT) Department provides the general computing infrastructure of the Laboratory as well as dedicated services for physicists, engineers, administration and management. The Department also develops and deploys the Grid computing infrastructure for the LHC experiments, leads the large EU-funded EGEE project which reaches well beyond particle physics, and is involved in several other related projects. IT collaborates closely with industry (through the CERN OpenLab for DataGrid applications) to develop advanced computing solutions and to enable IT technology transfer in both directions.

To provide its services, the IT Department relies primarily on commercial sources, but develops in-house solutions if and when necessary.

To maintain the quality of its services, a key strategy of the Department is to develop the technical competence of its staff, recognizing that skill sets must be continuously adapted to a rapidly evolving technological environment.

The Grid Deployment Group (IT-GD) is responsible for coordinating the LCG and EGEE grid operations, and the integration, certification and testing of grid middleware.

More information on the Department is at:


In the framework of the EU-funded EGEE project led by CERN, which operates a global grid infrastructure with more than 250 sites, this position includes the following functions:

Grid monitoring development and support

Operation of the monitoring service infrastructure

Maintenance and evolution of the code base including test cases to meet the increased requirements

Participation in the design effort for the next generation monitoring system

Database programming and management

Developing User Interfaces and APIs to the monitoring data bases

Maintaining up-to-date documentation

Grid operations support

Participation in the operation and maintenance of a reliable, 24hours/day Grid computing infrastructure

Overseeing and management of Grid operations

Contribution to the roll out of new releases into the production grid infrastructure

Qualification required

University degree or equivalent in Computer Science or a closely related field.

Experience and knowledge

Hands-on experience in one or more enterprise monitoring frameworks;

Knowledge of messaging systems (for example JMS, JBoss, JORAM, ActiveMQ, etc.);

Good knowledge of the Oracle Database Management System and related tools;

Good knowledge of optimisation of distributed databases would be an important asset;

Good knowledge of Linux or other Unix operating systems, including practical experience with system administration;

Experience in managing and operating existing grid sites or computer centres would be a definite plus;

Experience using web technologies such as SOAP, AJAX, and XML;

Working knowledge of software development tools (CVS, SVN, RPMs) & test methodologies;

Understanding of security concepts, including certificate-based authentication;

Practical experience with software development lifecycle, particularly in Python, C++ and / or Java;

Good communication skills and the ability to liaise effectively with multinational partner sites and end-users;

Ability to work both independently and as part of a team;

Good knowledge of English or French, basic knowledge of the other language or an undertaking to acquire it rapidly.

Eligibility and closing date

In line with our policy of Equal Opportunities, we encourage both men and women with relevant qualifications to apply.

Please note that this vacancy has been published on the Intranet only and applications are, for the moment, strictly limited to staff members.

Applications should reach us no later than 3 weeks from the date of publication.

Note on Employment Conditions

The post is open to staff members only. The maximum duration of the contract held by the selected staff member remains unchanged.

The functions may require work outside the normal working hours of CERN, including nights, week-ends and public holidays and may entail shift work and participation in a stand-by service.

-- KilianSchwarz - 08 Apr 2008
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