Team Leader in Science IT Systems

University of Zurich


Information Technology / Science IT (S3IT)

Team Leader Science IT Systems
80-100 %

Service and Support for Science IT (S3IT) is a central unit at the University of Zurich that provides and supports IT infrastructure and services for researchers. We offer access to systems that are tailored to the needs of research as well as providing support and consulting services to allow our customers to optimally make use of the IT tools and resources available to them. We are looking for a

Team Leader Science IT Systems (80-100%)

with specialized knowledge of research IT systems and skills to foster continued growth and further development of the services. In this role you will lead a very engaged team of system engineers and coordinate the team's activities with other units across the University.

Your responsibilities

  • Lead a team with 4+ system engineers
  • Take responsibility for all centralized scientific computing services at the University of Zurich, including support, operations and enhancements of specialized IT systems
  • Cultivate a partnership-based collaboration with researchers to understand their needs. You will use their feedback and your expertise in scientific computing to optimally set the direction for further development of the services
  • Drive the development and reliable delivery of the services together with your team and in line with the Science IT strategy
  • Support the Science IT Director with strategic planning and organization (with the possibility to become the Deputy Director)
  • Foster an efficient collaboration with multiple IT teams of the University, partnering institutions and suppliers

Your profile

  • University degree, preferably PhD, in computer science or a related field
  • Experience as a team leader
  • Expert knowledge in areas of computer science such as high-performance computing, data analysis, scientific computing, cloud computing, software development, and algorithms. (Experience with OpenStack and Slurm is considered a plus.)
  • Knowledgeable in Linux system administration and networking. Experienced with automated system deployment at scale
  • Familiar with research activities in academia and comfortable discussing solutions with Professors, Post Docs, and PhD candidates
  • A commitment to serving the needs of a diverse research community
  • Ability to turn abstract requirements into the concrete and to map them onto existing infrastructure or to plan and develop the necessary systems or services
  • An excellent command of written and spoken English and very good communication skills in German

What we offer

We offer a dynamic work environment with friendly colleagues on the beautiful Irchel campus in direct contact with many IT experts and research groups. You will have the chance to be an integral part of a growing research IT unit. Compensation is commensurate with experience and is in accordance with the high living standards of Zurich. For additional information about an employment at the University of Zurich please visit

Place of work


Start of employment

Employment start date to be mutually agreed.

Further information

Dr. Marcel Riedi, Head of Science IT will be happy to answer questions. Please send your full application (motivation letter, CV, diplomas, references) by email to

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