Grid Security and Operations officer at CERN



Engineer or Physicist (Computing) in the Information Technology (IT) Department, in the Grid Deployment Group in the areas of Grid Security and Grid Operations.

Date of Publication: 07.04.2008

Programme Staff Staff Category Computer Scientists Number of posts 1 Job Reference IT-GD-2008-32-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 reaching 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, in which CERN is the lead partner, this position includes the following functions:

Grid security

Chair and drive the Operational Security Coordination Team, made up of representatives from Regional Operational Centers

The mandate of the team covers: - Ensuring Grid security incident response capabilities; - Follow-up on security incidents including forensic analysis; - Coordinate with deployment activities to ensure appropriate monitoring tools are in place; - Ensure that the project policies are followed;

Dissemination of security knowledge within the project

Represent the operations team in security forums

Liaise with security representatives of other Grid projects

Act as CERN Regional Operational Centre security contact

Work closely with the CERN site computer security team

Grid operations support

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

Qualification required

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

Experience and knowledge

In-depth knowledge and experience of computer and network security.

Good knowledge of grid security, both at the operational and policy levels.

Practical experience working in and organizing computer security incident response teams.

Understanding of current best practices and legislative frameworks appropriate for computer security.

Good communication and negotiation skills and the ability to liaise effectively with partner sites and end-users.

Good knowledge of Linux or other Unix operating systems, including practical experience with system administration, monitoring and management tools.

Sufficient programming skills to contribute to the development of ad hoc tools to be used during security incident follow up and security monitoring.

Experience in managing and operating existing grid sites or computer centers would also be an advantage.

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
Topic revision: r2 - 2015-08-10, IlonaNeis
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