System Administrator Linux

Are you the System Administrator who can take responsibility for supporting powerful systems for aggregating cultural content using cloud technologies? Are you passionate about applying your skills in the cultural heritage domain or interested in working in an international environment? Apply now for this vacancy!


We are looking for a System Administrator to ensure that the underlying systems and infrastructure that power our digital products are fit for purpose, reliable, and secure. As System Administrator you would take responsibility for supporting powerful systems for aggregating cultural content using cloud technologies. The role includes important responsibilities for maintaining and managing systems, proposing technical solutions, assessing risks and opportunities, and communicating with technical stakeholders.

The role would be ideal for someone who is passionate about applying her/his skills in the cultural heritage domain or interested in working in an international environment.

We work only with Open Source software, for both our servers and applications, and we also make our own software available as Open Source. You will be encouraged to give back to the Open Source community and share your experience and knowledge with your teammates, and also with other developers in the libraries, archives and museum communities.


As the System Administrator, you will be joining a department of 30 with colleagues from various backgrounds and countries. The team members are divided into several Scrum teams covering data ingestion, APIs, search, and the Europeana website. You would work very closely with your line manager to provide cover for systems support when each other is on leave.

Key Responsibilities

● Administer systems running on Linux platforms (Ubuntu/Debian)
● Perform research, analysis, problem re-creation, troubleshooting and identify potential resolutions for operating systems, application and resource contingency issues
● Maintain system security and integrity controls
● Investigate system performance issues to improve its reliability, maintainability and performance of the system
● Perform and manage deployments to production and staging environments
● Conduct daily system monitoring and system maintenance activities and further develop system monitoring capacities
● Develop and implement backup policies
● Maintain an inventory of the existing hardware and software used across the platform
● Maintain documentation related to system administration and operations
● Help to formulate policies, procedures and standards relating to system
administration and management
● Work closely with the development team to support it in system-related tasks
● Occasional support for user management in office tools such as Google suite and for IT equipments

Key relationships / customers
● Head of Engineering and Data Services Director
● Development teams
● Business and product owners

Gevraagd wordt

Knowledge and Experience required
● University level education in computer science or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience
● 3+ years of system administration experience
● Understanding and knowledge of system administration, database and server-side programming concepts
● Experience:
○ with live production systems
○ with installation, configuration and system administration with Linux
(Ubuntu/Debian), Ansible, MySQL, MongoDB, Apache Solr)
○ in setting up and configuring monitoring solutions like Nagios or Grafana
○ with Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery
● Good written and spoken English with an ability to express complex technical
ideas to a non-technical audience

Further, it is a plus if you have experience:
● Setting up and administering storage and index services such as MongoDB, Apache Solr, MySQL preferably in cluster deployments
● Administration and deployment on Kubernetes or Cloud Foundry environments

Geboden wordt

Your monthly salary is estimated between EUR 3,200 - 4,000 (based on full-time employment), depending on the level of your experience
● Additionally, you will receive a (pro-rated) holiday allowance of 8% and an annual(year-end, pro-rated) bonus of 8.33%.
● 1 year fixed term contract with possibility of extension depending on funding availability.
● We offer 42.25 days holiday per year (based on full-time employment).
● We provide a company laptop and offer a WFH allowance to compensate monthly the costs while working from home and not being able to work from the office (Covid-19 / exceptional circumstances).


About Europeana

Europeana empowers the cultural heritage sector in its digital transformation. We develop expertise, tools and policies to embrace digital change and encourage partnerships that foster innovation. We make it easier for people to use cultural heritage for education, research, creation and recreation. Our work contributes to an open, knowledgeable and creative society.

The Europeana Foundation is an independent, non-profit organisation that operates the
Europeana platform and contributes to other digital initiatives that put cultural heritage to good use in the world. At the Europeana Foundation we work to democratise access to culture - digitally - so that everyone in our society is empowered to embrace diversity and flourish.

Our office is based in the National Library of the Netherlands, next to The Hague Central Station.

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