Infrastructure Architect - Network

University of Cambridge - Clinical School Computing Service

The Clinical School Computing Service (CSCS) is looking for a skilled, articulate and conscientious individual to join the Infrastructure Team as a Network Infrastructure Architect.  The CSCS Infrastructure Team is responsible for the systems which underpin services to over 3,100 users and 4,500 computers across six sites connected to two data centres.

The successful candidate will lead the development and continuous improvement of network infrastructure, including the procurement, design, implementation and maintenance of network equipment, perimeter and network security systems and wireless infrastructure.  S/he will be responsible for introducing new techniques, methodologies and tools, be responsible for mentoring and guiding the Network Team, and have significant influence over the strategy and working practices of the department.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Significant experience of working in a Cisco enterprise network environment
  • In-depth knowledge of routing protocols including BGP and OSPF
  • In-depth knowledge of WAN, LAN and datacentre network architectures
  • Experience with network security including enterprise firewall and intrusion prevention systems

Applicants are expected to hold a relevant qualification or be able to demonstrate a comparable level of skill and experience, and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Knowledge of Enterprise Microsoft environments, VMware and Linux is desirable, and knowledge of scripting languages (Python, PowerShell) and the ISO 27001 Information Security Management standard would be an advantage.  The successful candidate will ideally have experience of developing new systems and services.  Additionally, s/he is expected to have experience of liaising with contractors and working according the principles of project and service management. 

CSCS is a department of 33 staff and is one of the largest IT departments at the University of Cambridge.  We pride ourselves on having a friendly and collaborative atmosphere and an ethos of professionalism and excellent customer service.

Our Infrastructure Team is a team of eight that manages the network and server/storage infrastructure.  Within the Infrastructure Team, the Network Team undertakes the design, implementation, commissioning and testing of network infrastructure including switches, routers and fibre networks, and is responsible for network information security infrastructure including firewall and intrusion prevention systems.

The likely starting salary for this post would be between £39,992 to £42,418, rising by annual increments to £50,618, however the department is able to take into account additional factors such as experience and ability when reviewing the salary of the successful candidate. 

In addition, we can offer you:

  • A sociable, supportive and collaborative working environment
  • Excellent opportunities for career development, all staff have the opportunity to do at least one formal external training course per year
  • Excellent annual leave entitlement (33 days per year plus bank holidays)
  • Generous pension scheme
  • A wide range of competitive benefits and services

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please include both a CV and cover letter in your application. Applications which are submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.

The closing date for this vacancy is Monday, 19th February and interviews are expected to take place during the following week.

Informal enquiries about the post may be directed to Philippa Hewett at

Agencies need not apply.

Please quote reference RY14661 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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