IT Infrastructure Developer

IT Support


Deadline: 30 November 2019

Aurora is an established supplier of skilled manpower to ESA and in particular at ESTEC and ESAC.


We are looking for an experienced IT Infrastructure Developer and Systems Engineer, to join our team which provides onsite support at ESAC, located in Madrid, Spain.

The candidate will provide Specific Computer Engineering Support for the SciOps technical IT Unit team at ESAC.

It involves system administration activities for those computer systems used for science operations and research activities to all science operations centres and science ground segments located at ESAC, either in development, operational or in post-operational phase. These computers are general servers or workstations mainly based on Linux and Sun Solaris, Macintoshes, PC for Office Automation activities. The environment also includes Disk Storage infrastructure, Virtual infrastructure as well as GRID/Cluster and Cloud computing infrastructures. Systems can be physical machines or provided through virtual and cloud infrastructure. These systems are connected to networks organized by functions (operational, office and development, external services, GRID, Cloud and administration networks).

It specifically excludes ESA corporate informatics infrastructure services (office automation, network, terminal servers, Lotus Notes, MS office, LAN and communications),

In particular we are looking for candidates to provide evolution within the following areas: big data, virtualization, cloud, storage, monitoring, machine data analytics, containers, hadoop/spark, backup, with a focus on lean and automation.

A specific support on the following tasks is requested:

  • Installation and administration of container orchestration environments;
  • Installation and administration of spark and hadoop cluster;
  • Automation of any of the tasks described in this work package.

Specific qualification requirements

  • A relevant University degree, preferably a Masters in Computer Science.
  • At least 4 years of relevant working experience in the activities mentioned above.
  • Ideally the candidate shall have a broad experience, working in diverse companies with IT automation projects.
  • Specific knowledge is required in the following areas:
    • Container orchestration (e.g. kubernetes)
    • Big data technologies (e.g. spark, hadoop)
    • IT automation technologies (e.g. Ansible, StackStorm, Terraform)
  • Knowledge of agile methodologies and/or ITIL framework is also an asset.
  • The working language is English and Spanish is desirable.

Legal and Security Requirements

  • All applicants must be legally allowed to work in Spain without the need to obtain a work visa. Only European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and SWISS citizens can be employed by Aurora in Spain.
  • Applicants are required to provide a copy of their passport and degree certificate. Aurora will validate the Degree with the issuing University and provide evidence to ESA.
  • In line with ESA’s security requirements, prior to issuing a letter of employment the applicant shall provide to Aurora a recent official document declaring that they are of good conduct from the country where currently resident, and Aurora will validate your employment history.


It is expected that the work will be performed at the ESAC, the European Space Astronomy Centre at Villafranca del Castillo, near Madrid (Spain).


  • The selected candidate will receive good remuneration.
  • You will be registered for both social security and tax in Spain.
  • The standard working hours are 40 per week. There are 12 public holidays and an additional 30 annual days holiday.
  • In addition to public health services Aurora provides private medical insurance in Spain to the employee.
  • Training to improve efficiency and provide strength for future career are of course included.
  • Aurora can assist financially and provide recent experience information for relocation.

To be considered for this Position

Provide as soon as possible a summary of why you are a good candidate for the position together with a complete and detailed Candidate Proposal Form or CV and Motivation Letter to Mr. Davide Starnone at email and copy Mr. Alex Jeanes at email quoting reference SCO-BD.

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