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New Robotic Telescope: DevOps Engineer (fixed term for 4 years)

Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
Job Type
34,304 - 40,927 per annum
Vacancy Type
Other Vacancies
Closing Date
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Liverpool John Moores University owns and operates a 2.0-m robotic telescope (“The Liverpool Telescope”) on La Palma in the Canary Islands.  Working with international partners we are building a 4.0m class robotic telescope on the same site.   We seek a DevOps engineer join the existing software team to develop software and systems for the telescope and associated instrumentation as well strengthening our build and deployment procedures.  Additionally, you will manage and maintain IT hardware systems in support of telescope operations.  

You will have experience of the design and implementation of software systems in containerized, virtualized or cloud environments (e.g. Docker, AWS or Azure) and in of the design and implementation of responsive and interactive web interfaces using technologies such as Node.js, Django or Flask.  You will work collaboratively with engineers in the same and other disciplines both within LJMU and at external partners and supplier organisations to ensure both individual system and system-wide performance and quality.  The position is fixed term for 4 years and is based in Liverpool UK. No prior experience of astronomical telescopes is required. 

More details about the New Robotic Telescope are available at 

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Iain Steele (Principal Investigator) email: or Dr Robert Smith (Software Workpackage Manager) email: 

LJMU is committed to achieving equality of opportunity.  The ARI values the diversity of our all staff and students. We see diversity as a positive force to generate excellent research and explore the unknowns of our Universe together. Every role offers an opportunity for us to bring in a different perspective, we strongly encourage candidates of all different backgrounds and identities to apply. 

The Astrophysics Research Institute is proud of its commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, having recently been awarded Athena SWAN Gender Equality Bronze status and endeavours to cultivate a staff base that is representative of society. We therefore encourage applications from all individuals who meet the advert criteria, but would particularly encourage women, BAME, LGBTQ+, non-binary and individuals with a disability to apply. We welcome flexible working enquiries.



Please note all of our vacancies will be closed to applications at midnight on the advertised closing date, unless otherwise stated.