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Sysadmins - The Positive Internet Company

by Chrissie Himes Contributions Published on Oct 31, 2012 05:09 PM
The Positive Internet Company is looking for sysadmins.

Very few organizations focus entirely on GNU/Linux and Free Software, all the way from their desktop machines to complex computing clusters. Would you be interested in a rare opportunity to work for one? The Positive Internet Company has positions available for sysadmins to join a lively team providing support for a range of GNU/Linux systems.

Company Background

The Positive Internet Company has been an innovative European open-technology company since its foundation in 1998. Focusing on high-end hosting with second-to-none customer support, we own and operate our own data center near Cambridge, UK with hundreds of our own servers (almost all running Debian). Additionally, Positive maintains PoPs across major European sites.

We host and maintain a variety of systems, including HA setups and clustered solutions. Many of these are fully managed by the Positive technical team. In addition to working with some big and interesting corporations (including major financial organizations and media groups) and household names (Ricky Gervais and Stephen Fry), we host none other than the father of Free Software himself, RMS. We also actively support various community projects.

Due to demand for its services in the US, Positive expanded to New York in 2008 and now operates a wholly-owned US subsidiary company. We are based in Manhattan (at a leading communications facility) with a DR site in Tulsa, OK.

The roles

We are interested in hearing from any junior or mid-level sysadmins (or wannabe sysadmins) with a passion for GNU/Linux. These positions will involve supporting our customers (mainly by email) as well as working on infrastructure. You will join a team hand-picked not just for their technical skills but their flexible understanding of our customers' needs.

Ideally, candidates will have experience setting up and maintaining web/database/mail servers utilizing technologies such as Apache/MySQL/Postfix/Heartbeat(pacemaker)/DRBD/Xen/Perl/PHP, but we are also open to hearing from anyone who may only so far have used GNU/Linux at home as a hobbyist. Having worked with open-source virtualization would be an additional bonus.

In the first instance, successful candidates would work from home. As the company expands, the position would likely be a mix of working from home and working from our New York sites/future offices. We anticipate that normal working hours will be 11:30am-7:30pm Eastern with some negotiation on these finer points for the right candidates.

As we are recruiting at a number of levels, salaries will be commensurate with experience. Successful candidates will benefit from the support of co-workers with many years of experience, but as these positions report to managers in London, candidates must be able to work independently and thrive in a partly autonomous role.

Once fully-trained, Positive engineers participate in our 24/7 call-out rota (with generous overtime allowances). Positive gives a good vacation allowance (20 days + Federal holidays + various goodwill days around the major holidays), lots of training opportunities, funding to attend free software conferences such as OSCON, company cell phone and the chance to work with some of the best free software experts in the business. There are various opportunities for international travel and a period of training in London where you will meet your co-workers. We also offer healthcare benefits.

Get in touch

These positions should interest anyone who wants to work with GNU/Linux in a completely Windows-free zone. Successful applicants will get the benefits of working for a firmly-established European company, but also enjoy the freedom and potential usually associated with a startup. If you are interested, please send a covering email and resume to jobs at

We will hold in-person interviews for shortlisted candidates in Manhattan on November 5th and/or 6th 2012 and candidates should be available for interviews on these dates.
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