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Debian/GNU/Linux System Administrator, Paris-based

Software Heritage is an ambitious nonprofit, entirely Free/Open-Source Software (FOSS) initiative 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 more than 11 billion unique source code files and 2.4 billion commits, retrieved from more than 160 million software projects.

We are looking for a Debian/GNU/Linux system administration to grow our operations team, which is critical to the success of the initiative. The team is in charge of:

    Guaranteeing the reliability of day-by-day archiving activities
    Ensuring the integrity and persistence of the Software Heritage archive
    Maintaining an efficient development environment for Software Heritage developers

The infrastructure of Software Heritage (see public system administration documentation) is built using the following technologies:

    operating system: Debian GNU/Linux
    virtualization: LXC, Docker, Kubernetes
    infrastructure automation: Puppet
    storage: PostgreSQL, Apache Cassandra
    messaging: Apache Kafka, RabbitMQ
    filesystems: Ceph, ZFS
    monitoring: Icinga, Promotheus, Grafana

We do not expect candidates to be familiar with all of them, but expertise with one or more of the above technologies will be appreciated.

Expertise with one or more of the following would also be a plus:

    Python programming
    IaaS/PaaS cloud offerings
    System programming in C or Rust
    Participation in FOSS communities

All the code developed as part of this position will be developed openly and released under a FOSS 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 hiring@softwareheritage.org. The email must contain the subject line « system administrator ». A complete application should include:

    brief statement of interest in the position,
    links to any previous related work online.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The next priority deadline is 31 Jan 2022, 23:59 CET.


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.

David Douard - Software Heritage
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