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Systems Engineer / DevOps Engineer (f/m/d)

The Department of Computer Science is opening 2 positions for a Systems Engineer / DevOps Engineer (f/m/d)
  • Bewerbungsfrist: 22.08.2022
  • Veröffentlicht: 04.08.2022
  • Start-date: At the earliest possible date.
  • Fulltime position
  • Kennziffer: 00002420


The Department of Computer Science is opening 2 positions for a Systems Engineer / DevOps Engineer (m/f/d), bridging development and operations functions within one of the most popular and well-established data analysis platforms for life science.

The engineer will be responsible for implementing, supporting, and documenting several large-scale application systems. This role includes, but is not limited to, the installation, modification, testing, and upgrades of applications, operating systems, file systems, hardware, and cloud environments. The work will be carried out together with other administrators. 

Who we are

The European Galaxy team is a core group within the worldwide Galaxy project. We are an open, passionate and supportive research group at the University of Freiburg highly involved in many software projects related to the global Galaxy community, including leading the Bioconda and BioContainers projects and developing state-of-the-art computational workflows for genomics, metagenomics, transcriptomics and pharmacogenomics data.

Based in Freiburg, usegalaxy.eu is the science gateway providing an open access computational infrastructure for accessing and running a vast catalog of data resources, tools and workflows. It is used by several tens of thousands of users across the world.

Your opportunities

This position will offer the postholder the opportunity to interact with an interdisciplinary bioinformatics, life science and software development team, working with cutting edge cloud infrastructure across Europe and engaged in advanced topics such as distributed heterogeneous computing, encrypted data processing or smart scheduling of jobs across federated resources. 

Your Tasks

  • Administrate with a team of admins the European Galaxy server and a european wide distributed compute network
  • Identify interdependence and productivity barriers between the development and operations functions;
  • Identify opportunities to automate operations activities and/or to reduce process complexity;
  • Design, implement, and maintain automation tool sets for configuration management, infrastructure and application deployment processes;
  • Work within the team to design and improve developed software and deployment pipelines;
  • Build internal and external contacts and participate in networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for future collaborations;

Your Profile

We are looking for a dedicated and motivated team player with strong communication skills and a good command of the English language.

We expect a completed study in Informatics (Bachelor or Master) or equal qualification, and broad experience in the described tasks. 

The successful applicant will be an expert Linux system administrator with a proficient knowledge of Python, Git and SQL databases.He/she is an analytical thinker, problem-solver and reliable, with a strong desire to learn and collaborate with the team.

Additional skills that are advantageous:

  • Experience building containerized applications
  • Experience configuring continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) systems
  • Proficiency using configuration management tools (Terraform, Ansible)
  • Familiarity with cloud technologies (e.g. OpenStack)
  • Experience on high-performance computing environments

What we offer

Located in a region that connects Germany, France and Switzerland, our institute offers an international research environment with outstanding infrastructure facilities and a positive working atmosphere that places a high value on work-life balance.

  • Salary according to your qualification and professional experience according to the German TV-L E13 salary grading system
  • A team of admins to work with
  • Professional training and development opportunities
  • Challenging tasks in European wide distributed projects in a modern working environment
  • Flexible working hours and trust-based working time
  • 30 days holiday a year
  • Reduced-cost public transport within the local area
  • Family-friendly offers (affiliated day care center at the institute, family service)

We value and promote diversity, inclusion and equal opportunities, so we welcome applications from all backgrounds.

This position is open immediately and funded for two years, with the possibility of extension. More information about the European Galaxy project is available on https://galaxyproject.eu.

Ready to join our team?

Please submit your complete application documents including a 1-page motivation summary, CV and contact details of referees by 22th August 2022 to bioinf-jobs@informatik.uni-freiburg.de

We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised here.


Please send your application in English including supporting documents mentioned above citing the reference number 00002420, by 22.08.2022 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:

University of Freiburg
Dr. Björn Grüning
Head of Freiburg Galaxy Team
Georges-Köhler-Allee 106
79110 Freiburg

For further information, please contact Bjoern Gruening on the phone number +49 761 203---54130 or E-Mail gruening@informatik.uni-freiburg.de.