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System Engineer - DevOps

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Are you a passionate System Engineer or DevOps Engineer who is eager to learn and share knowledge with a highly collaborative, multinational team? And do you want to work in a unique, not-for-profit organisation that has a significant impact on the core of Internet services? Then the RIPE NCC is the place for you!

System Engineer - DevOps

37.5 hours per week on a full-time basis

4 days working part-time is possible 

As a System Engineer, you will be responsible for problem-solving and system administration, dealing with ticket requests and supporting departmental IT projects and cross-departmental projects. You will join a highly motivated technical department and will be responsible for maintaining one of the most important services of the RIPE NCC: WHOIS and the RIPE Database.

In this role, you will:

  • Maintain our Linux servers running CentOS using SaltStack
  • Maintain our bare-metal servers and virtual machine (VMware) servers
  • Install hardware and troubleshoot problems at our colocations in Amsterdam
  • Work closely with the Software Engineering department
  • After six months, you will be expected to participate in our 24/7 standby shifts

What we expect from you:

  • At least three years’ experience working in a similar environment and position as a DevOps engineer with Linux and Java
  • Experience with cloud (AWS/GCP) and container technologies
  • Experience with Infrastructure as Code (Terraform, Ansible, etc.)
  • Experience with SaltStack
  • Great understanding of DevOps practices (CI/CD) and an Agile mindset
  • Experience with tools like Gitlab, Jenkins, Travis, Drone
  • Strong written and spoken English
  • Natural interest in keeping up with relevant developments in your field, eagerness to keep learning, strong interpersonal and collaboration skills

What can we offer you?

  • A modern, flexible and informal work environment with an emphasis on a healthy work/life balance
  • An annual salary between EUR 44,000 and EUR 63,000 (before tax). This includes the standard 8% annual “holiday pay” and a 5% end-of-year bonus
  • Excellent secondary benefits including relocation for international candidates, a non-contributory pension scheme, 26 weeks of paid parental leave, top-tier health insurance coverage for you and your family and 30 vacation days (full-time) plus 3 collective days
  • A generous training allowance for professional development
  • An opportunity to expand your technical knowledge and grow in your career

The Team 

Software Engineering Department 

We are a vibrant team of +/- 30 talented, diverse and multicultural engineers who love our craft and are eager to learn from each other and evolve our skills through collaboration. We highly value the use of best practices, such as clean coding, code reviews, automated tests, continuous integration (CI) and few-click deployments. As in a proper Agile environment, we work as a team, and we rely on good communication. We also go for drinks occasionally and celebrate important achievements! 

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 we are proud of our legacy.

Our strongest asset is our staff. We bring together more than 170 people from more than 41 countries in our modern, vibrant office in the east wing of Amsterdam Central Station. At the moment, it's possible to work from the office and from home.  

Our backgrounds are diverse, but our goal is the same: working for the good of the Internet. And we are now working collaboratively with staff to transform our company culture for the future. Will you 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. Return this to us along with your CV and motivation letter (in English only). A pre-employment screening (done by Validata) is part of the recruitment process. 

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