Vacancy No.: VN19-09
Section: Data Centre Operations
Job Ref. No.: STF-C/19-09
Reports to: Engineering Team Leader
Closing Date: 30 April 2019
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ECMWF is moving its Data Centre to Bologna (Italy) in 2019. In preparation, ECMWF is looking to recruit an Electrical & Mechanical Engineer who, with the Senior Site Engineer, will make up the on- site Engineering Team in Bologna. The construction of the data centre started in December 2018 and is expected to be fully operational by the last quarter of 2020.
The Engineering Team will oversee and operate the engineering services at the data centre in Bologna, including all aspects of the technical infrastructure and the building services that support the computing environment, such as electrical distribution, chilled water systems, air conditioning, data cabling etc.
It is envisaged that the Engineer will be expected to spend an initial period of familiarisation and training at the current data centre in Reading and therefore candidates must be prepared to be based in Reading for a period of time at the start of their contract.
ECMWF, Shinfield Park, Shinfield Road, Reading, RG2 9AX, UK www.ecmwf.int.
The focus of this post is primarily technical, but the Electrical & Mechanical Engineer will also be involved in the detailed planning and organisation necessary to ensure the timely and continuous provision of all services.
We are looking for an individual with a practical approach, with a sound engineering background and the ability and experience to take well-reasoned engineering decisions.
The new datacentre in Bologna will be located on the site of the old Manifattura Tabacchi complex which is being converted into the Bologna Technopolo. The facility is not yet built but a high-level summary of the scale of the facility is as follows.
The IT white space, circa 3000m2, will be housed within several of the “Bottis” on the site utilising a “box in box” strategy. The original building envelope is being retained and within that several boxes will be built to house data halls, data storage halls, plant and equipment and office facilities.
Five 2.5MVA diesel rotary UPS systems in an N+1 configuration, the outputs interconnected in an IPBus arrangement. This provides power to the whole facility.
The primary cooling system is comprised of a mixture of well water cooling, ambient air-dry cooling and chillers. The redundant capacity of the system is more than 7MW.
Addressable fire detection system throughout the facility augmented by an aspirated detection system in the IT spaces, Fire suppression systems are provided - argon fire suppression protects the IT spaces/critical switch rooms and high-pressure water mist protects office spaces.
The successful candidate will be recruited at the A2 grade, according to the scales of the Co- ordinated Organisations and the annual basic salary will be €64,085.88 NET of tax.
This position is assigned to the employment category STF-C as defined in the Staff Regulations. ECMWF offers an attractive salary package and the successful candidate will also be eligible to join the ECMWF Pension Scheme and will also be covered by Cigna, the Supplementary Health Insurance Scheme.
Full details of salary scales and allowances are available on the ECMWF website at www.ecmwf.int/en/about/jobs, including the Centre’s Staff Regulations regarding the terms and conditions of employment.
Starting date: As soon as possible.
Length of contract: Four years with possibility of a further contract.
Location: It is envisaged that this role will involve an initial period of familiarisation and training at the current Data Centre in Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom and candidates must be prepared to be based in Reading for a short period at the start of their contract. Thereafter, the position will be located in the Bologna area, in Emilia-Romagna, Italy. The exact period is project dependent and will be discussed during the recruitment process.
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