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[Met-jobs] AIX System Software Engineer

From "Simon Davidson" <>
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Date Fri, 10 Jun 2011 10:53:46 +0100

Location: Darmstadt, Germany

Rate: € TBD

Start Date: September 2011


As a member of the Computer Systems Management team, the Consultant shall provide support to all Ground Segment Commissioning and Routine Operations. The duties range from the support to the operation of the UNIX-based ground segment facilities, to the analysis, design, development, testing and maintenance of distributed hardware and system software platforms. This includes the setting-up and implementation of maintenance policies and procedures, the support to the procurement of hardware and software, and the coordination with external providers of maintenance services.

The Consultant shall perform the following tasks:

  • installation and configuration of operating system and other software, tuning of operating systems parameters to optimize performance;
  • analysis, planning and performance of H/W and S/W upgrades or reconfigurations, taking care of compatibility issues between subsystems;
  • monitoring of the system performance, investigation into H/W and system S/W problems and performance of the relevant corrective actions;
  • ensuring that in case of H/W or system S/W failures the operational configuration can be restored, including the definition, maintenance, performance of backup procedures;
  • liaison with the external providers of H/W and system S/W maintenance for the request and follow up of maintenance interventions;
  • administration and installation of databases;
  • administration of user accounts;
  • support to S/W development and maintenance in relation to the utilization of system resources;
  • implementation and maintenance of scripts and/or procedures where applicable for the automated and/or controlled execution of the above activities, generation or update of technical documentation in relation to system upgrades;
  • provision of stand-by/on-call support;
  • provision of support, as required, to critical operations.

In the performance of the activities the Consultant shall apply the relevant change control and maintenance procedures.


In addition to having a university degree (or equivalent), the Consultant shall have extensive experience in the administration and troubleshooting of distributed systems. The experience should have been made in an operational or production environment, characterized by custom applications in addition to standard software, running both on the client and server side, and by high availability requirements.

The Consultant shall have an expert knowledge and a significant work experience of the UNIX operating system(s), and should be familiar, to the extent required by the performance of the above tasks, with as many as possible of the following system software environments:

  • on IBM Systems: AIX 6.1;
  • on IBM pSeries and Bladecenters: very good experience on IBM virtualization, including Micro-Partitioning, LPAR, VIOS, …;
  • Administration and configuration of IBM pSeries and Bladecenters using HMC and AMM
  • Ability to perform end-to-end system changes from requirements to testing and documentation;
  • TCP/IP internetworking and the related network protocols and applications, e.g. NIS, NFS, DNS, SNMP, FTP;
  • high availability software IBM HACMP and cluster file system GPFS;
  • Good experience with the monitoring tool Nagios
  • Ability to write technical documentation in English

Experience in the installation, administration and troubleshooting on some of the following shall be considered as an advantage:

  • IBM certifications;
  • SUN HW: Solaris;
  • DELL HW: Linux;
  • RAID arrays (EMC);
  • SAN (Brocade);
  • Backup and recovery systems

It is also an advantage if the consultant can carry out basic hardware support like installing interface cards or physically setting up networks.

The variety of the tasks and the scope of the systems to be supported require a high degree of autonomy and good analytical skills together with the ability to effectively cooperate within the team and with internal customers.

Attachment: AIX System Software Engineer.pdf
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