Cloud architect / System engineer for ETH Biomedical Research IT Platform Leonhard Med – ETH Zürich

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To support teaching and research, IT Services (ITS) of ETH Zurich are working as a service organization in a large and complex IT environment. Scientific IT Services (SIS, a section of ITS) aims at bridging the gap between computational research and IT service as well as infrastructure provisioning, and provides a stimulating, flexible and family-friendly working environment. In particular in the area of digital healthcare, where biomedical research has now made it possible to collect large amounts of health-related data: clinical and -omics data, data from biobanks, and digital footprints collected by individuals themselves. For this, SIS is building Leonhard Med – a scientific IT platform to securely store, manage and process confidential biomedical research data. Leonhard Med presents a unique challenge of establishing a secure scientific IT platform that is compliant with the highest IT security standards, while allowing an high-degree of flexibility for end-user scientists to experiment with cutting edge biomedical research – from classical bioinformatics and statistics to large-scale data analysis to AI and deep learning.

To strengthen our team of experts for continuing the development and operation of Leonhard Med and its services, SIS is looking for an experienced Cloud architect / System engineer for ETH Biomedical Research IT Platform Leonhard Med.

Job description

You will be engineering our Biomedical Research IT Platform Leonhard Med as a secure cloud-based Infrastructure. In doing so, you will be part of a growing team of expert system engineers and system administrators that ensures engineering, development, and operation of Leonhard Med in production as part of the Research IT Platforms group. You will take the technical lead of a team that will have the responsibility of the day-to-day operation of the secure infrastructure and of its services while, at the same time, constantly improving its operation by automation at all levels and updating its security features to keep pace with the latest standards.

Your profile

This position requires a proven experience in engineering and operating Private Cloud infrastructure (IaaS), preferably in secure environments. You must be an experienced Linux system administrator and have extensive knowledge in datacentre technologies and trends such as Software Defined Infrastructure, virtualization of compute infrastructure, Software Defined Storage and Software Defined Netoworking. You also must have demonstrated experience in configuration management and application deployment systems (such as Ansible, cfengine, puppet, etc.). Good knowledge of incident management, monitoring tools, process automation, fail-over, and disaster recovery is required. Beside solid technical abilities, this position also requires an aptitude for finding good solutions to complex IT problems, together with a “focused on the finished product” mindset. Good communication skills and the ability to collaborate with other IT specialists are necessary.

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.


We look forward to receiving your online application including the following documents: CV, motivation letter, master or PhD certificate, contact details of two referees as well as further certificates and diplomas (optional). Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about Scientific IT Services can be found on our website For further information, please contact Dr. Sergio Maffioletti, Group Head Research IT Platforms, email (no applications).

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