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Are you an experienced UNIX System Engineer comfortable running large-scale UNIX platforms? And are you searching for a new challenge? How does working on the global DNS landscape and maintaining an ever-growing Big Data (Hadoop) environment sound? Join the RIPE NCC and become part of a diverse team in a modern, open office in the heart of Amsterdam.

System Engineer
Location: near Amsterdam Central Station  
37.5 hours per week (four day working week is also possible)

As a System Engineer you’re responsible for keeping our DNS services (K-Root and Reverse DNS) and the back-ends for RIPE Atlas and RIPEstat services up and running as smooth as possible, automating their operation when and where you can.

In this role you will:

  • Be responsible for core internet DNS services (K-root and Reverse DNS)
  • Maintain hundreds of machines (monitoring, updating software, life-cycle replacements, etc.)
  • Automate daily operations on an ongoing basis
  • Troubleshoot complex services with large numbers of interconnecting components
  • Deal with both Linux systems and various types of networking gear

What we expect from you:

  • Minimum of three years experience running Linux systems
  • Minimum of one year experience using a configuration management system to configure production environments
  • You have demonstrable experience with at least one of these key Internet technologies: BGP and/or DNS and/or TCP
  • You are proactive in identifying problem areas and proposing improvements to our services and processes
  • You are willing to provide on-call support for our services 

It would be nice if you also:

  • Are familiar with CentOS
  • Have experience with the Apache Hadoop stack (HDFS, HBase, Spark)
  • Worked with queueing systems like Kafka and Rabbit MQ
  • Have experience with innovative self-management organisational structures (e.g. Holacracy)

What we can offer you:

  • A distributed environment to work in, with hardware spanning five out of six continents, with services used by the entire Internet community
  • A modern, flexible and informal work environment with an emphasis on a healthy work/life balance
  • An annual salary between EUR 49,100 and EUR 70,600 (before tax) for a fulltime week (37.5 hours per week). This includes the standard 8% annual “holiday pay” and a 5% end-of-year bonus.
  • Excellent secondary benefits: including relocation, a non-contributory pension scheme, 26-weeks paid parental leave, top-tier health insurance coverage for you and your family and 30 vacation days (full-time)
  • A generous training allowance per year which can be used for professional development

The Team

We are the Global Information Infrastructure (GII) team at the RIPE NCC. We manage hundreds of globally deployed UNIX systems, using state-of-the-art and homegrown tools. Many of our services play an essential role in the global Internet; for instance, in operating Root DNS services. We are also responsible for developing and maintaining a number of Hadoop clusters with hundreds of nodes and petabytes of storage space, and the software running on them. In many cases, we work with leading edge technology, leading to interesting and challenging work packages.

About the RIPE NCC

The RIPE NCC is a not-for-profit organisation founded on the belief that the Internet should be governed openly, transparently and together with the wider Internet community. We are one of the oldest Internet organisations in Europe and are proud of our legacy. 

Our strongest asset is our staff. We bring together more than 150 people from more than 38 countries in our modern, vibrant office in the east wing of Amsterdam Central Station. Our official working language is English, but more than 30 languages are spoken by our colleagues. 

Our backgrounds are diverse, but our goal is the same: work for the good of the Internet. And we are now working collaboratively with our staff to transform our company culture to facilitate our evolution into the future. Do you want to join us on this journey? 

How to apply

If you are interested in this position, please click on the Apply Button and fill in the short application form. Send it to us together with your CV and motivation letter (in English only please). A pre-employment screening (done by Validata) will be part of the recruitment process.


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