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IT Assistants - High Performance Computing (HPC)


Post Number : 1ITSCPA 107TP / 1ITSCPA 108TP

Grade : G-4

Parent Sector : Natural Sciences Sector (SC)

Duty Station: Trieste

Job Family: Computer Sciences / Information Technologies

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 10-JUN-2022


UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism


Long Description

This vacancy will fill two (2) positions and is only open for candidates who are entitled to work in the E.U.

The initial contract duration is 12 months, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.



Founded in 1964 by the late Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam and located in Trieste, Italy, the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) seeks to accomplish its mandate by providing scientists from developing countries with the continuing education and skills that they need to enjoy long and productive careers. ICTP has been a major force in stemming the scientific brain drain from the developing world. For more than 50 years, ICTP has been a driving force behind global efforts to advance scientific expertise in the developing world.


Under the direct supervision of the System & Network Analyst the incumbent will provide services in the delivery of a range of activities related to the High Performance Computing (HPC)/Cloud Computing project and network management. Essential responsibilities include:

Long Description

  • Perform system administration tasks of ICTP’s HPC/in-house Cloud resources, including deployment of new computational clusters and troubleshooting/resolution of requests about HPC or in-house Cloud resources from the HPC user community.
  • Participate in network administration and troubleshooting.
  • Work in a team to provide support to scientists for the development of new software programs, compiling of software programs for HPC or in-house Cloud platforms, and development of software code / scripts.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Professionalism (C)


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.




  • Completed secondary education/apprenticeship.



  • Minimum of three (3) years of relevant work experience in system administration and support, preferably within an international organization.



  • Experience in participating in the system administration of LINUX based HPC or Cloud Computing clusters.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Flexibility, user support oriented, tact and ability to interact with users coming from different countries and with different backgrounds and excellent team player. 



  • Excellent knowledge (spoken and written) of English.




  • Knowledge of programming languages (Python, Perl, Shell scripts).



  • Good knowledge (spoken and written) of Italian.


Only candidates who are entitled to work in the E.U. may apply to these positions. Please note that for these positions UNESCO will not reimburse expenses such as travel in connection with interviews, tests and relocation.


UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.


For more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website.


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.