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System Administrator at Software Heritage, Paris

by Matt Lavallee Contributions Published on May 10, 2017 10:37 AM
Software Heritage is hiring: seeking a Paris-based full-time system administrator

Software Heritage is an ambitious, nonprofit, entirely free software project that aims at collecting, organizing, preserving for the very long term, and sharing all publicly available software in source code form, together with the corresponding complete development history (e.g., from a Version Control System) where available. The Software Heritage archive already contains about 3 billion unique source code files and 700 million commits, retrieved from more than 50 million software projects.

We are looking for a senior GNU/Linux system administration to grow our operations team, which is critical to the success of the project. The team is in charge of guaranteeing reliability of our day-by-day archiving activities, integrity of the Software Heritage archive in collaboration with mirror operators, and maintaining an efficient development environment for our developers.

As senior system administrator you will primarily work with the following technologies:

  • Debian GNU/Linux
  • Puppet
  • PostgreSQL
  • POSIX shell scripting
  • Icinga/Munin-based systems and network monitoring
  • KVM virtualization, LXC containers

Working knowledge of the following techniques and technologies would be a plus:

  • Debian packaging
  • IaaS/PaaS "cloud" offerings
  • Python programming
  • C system programming

A successful candidate will have strong system administrator skills, programming fluency in at least a couple of system- and/or application-level programming languages, as well as a solid track record of participation in existing free software projects and communities.

All the code developed as part of this position will be developed openly and released under a free software license.

Workplace and salary

The job must be worked on-site at Inria's Paris headquarters.

The salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application instructions

Applications must be submitted via email to The email must contain the subject line "System Administrator". A complete application should include:

  • resume,
  • cover letter, and
  • links to any previous related work online.

All materials must be in a free format (such as plain text, PDF, or OpenDocument, and not Microsoft Word). Email submissions that do not follow these instructions will probably be overlooked.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The priority deadline is 31 May 2017, 10:00 CEST.

Software Heritage is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or application for employment on the basis of race, color, marital status, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, handicap, or any other legally protected status. We value diversity in our workplace.

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