DevOps/Linux Engineer

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Working Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Contract: Permanent, 3 month probation and 1 month notice

Holiday: 28 days per annum, plus statutory holidays.

Equal Opportunities: The Satellite Application Catapult strives to be an equal opportunities employer and commitment to this process will be expected.

About Us

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent technology and innovation company whose purpose is to promote, develop and facilitate the commercialisation and advancement of the satellite applications industry. The company is a not for profit Research Organisation, with a commercial trading subsidiary. The organisation embraces an open and innovative culture, encouraging an ethos of knowledge exchange and sector engagement, and has quickly become a world class centre of facilities and expertise.

We’re one of ten Catapults established and overseen by Innovate UK. They are places where the best of the UK’s innovative businesses and researchers work together to bring new products and services more quickly to commercialisation. Focusing on areas with great market potential, Catapults will open up global opportunities for the UK and generate economic growth for the future.

Our Mission

To innovate for a better world, empowered by satellites

Our Vision

To be a world-leading technology and innovation company, helping businesses of all sizes to realise the potential from space. By embracing a pioneering, agile, collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit, we create valued partnerships to deliver game-changing results

Our Culture

The Catapult fosters an open and collaborative culture that stimulates and develops staff and encourages collaboration and innovation. Our employee value proposition is strong. We have worked hard to create an environment which is dynamic, exciting, challenging, rewarding, flexible and, most importantly, fun. More about the Catapult Culture

The Role 

This is an exciting opportunity to become part of a rapidly growing technology and innovation company at the heart of the UK Space sector. You will be involved in a number of challenging projects and work packages from day one.

  • Your main responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:
  • The running of daily operations on several unique projects; collecting, processing and archiving Earth observation satellite data.
  • Automation of services through script and API management
  • Support of a multi-tenant cloud computing environment for the Space community
  • Hands on Data Centre infrastructure support

In addition, you will get exposure to working on cutting edge, virtualised High Performance Computing clusters and the opportunity to further develop your existing Python scripting experience.

Main Requirements and Experience 

The Systems Support Engineer will be expected to have experience of the following. Training will be provided where required.

  • Linux system management and troubleshooting – Ubuntu/CentOS server administration
  • Python and/or Bash scripting experience
  • NoSQL Database administration (MongoDB & PostgreSQL preferable)
  • Any VMware/Virtualisation experience would be beneficial but not essential
  • Datacentre infrastructure support experience beneficial – Servers, storage and networking
  • Any knowledge of ESA Earth observation missions and/or satellite data would be highly beneficial

Required Skills

  • Self-motivated, ability to work in a complex adaptive environment
  • Desire to learn and explore new technologies and applications
  • Excellent customer facing skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Time management and accounting across different projects
  • Awareness of IT security


If you are up for the challenge and thrive in a fast-paced and creative environment, send your CV along with a covering letter to

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