[Clug-work] SAAO is looking for a Junior Sysadmin

Hamish Whittal zinkeldonk at gmail.com
Fri Mar 6 16:28:52 SAST 2009

Hi folks,

We're looking for a junior sysadmin (no requirement to know how
facebook works!).

Systems Administrator (Jnr)

The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) is the national
facility for optical and infrared astronomy in South Africa, and is
funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF). Its core function is
to conduct fundamental research in astronomy and astrophysics by
providing a world-class facility and by promoting astronomy and
astrophysics in Southern Africa. SAAO headquarters are in the suburb
of Observatory in Cape Town, and its observing station is located near
Sutherland in the Northern Cape.

The IT department at the SAAO is responsible for the IT infrastructure
of both Sutherland and Cape Town. Sutherland relies heavily on its own
network infrastructure, control computers, and Internet link. As such,
there are IT requirements in Sutherland for which the Cape Town IT
department is responsible.This person will form part of a
multi-disciplinary team and will be required to assist in the
day-to-day operation and maintenance of both the Cape Town
infrastructure (based in Observatory) as well as that of Sutherland.

Reporting to the Head: IT, the applicant will be responsible for:

Assisting with the day-to-day operation of the SAAO IT infrastructure
including attending to user-support requirements
Be prepared to be on rota to do first-call support (including after-hours)
Upgrading and maintenance of existing systems
Software and application installation and maintenance including
telescope control computers
Training of personnel within the organization

Post Matric qualification within IT, although a BSc (Computer Science,
Information Systems) or BTech (IT) would be advantageous
1-3 years, configuration and maintenance of Linux, OpenSolaris and MS Windows.
Knowledge of networking including TCP/IP, VLANS and VPN’s
Some knowledge of ipfw, IP tables and general firewalling/packet filtering
Understanding of email servers including spam and malware filtering as
well as (but not limited to) the configuration of Postfix
Some database management skills
Familiarity with SAN/NAS storage and clustering a distinct advantage


Applicants that meet the requirements should submit (preferably by
email) a detailed CV (in PDF format) with a covering letter stating
their reasons for applying and the names and contact details for at
least 3 referees, to the Human Resources Manager, Ms Linda Tobin no
later than 31 March 2009.
Address: SAAO, P O Box 9, Observatory, 7935. Ph: 021 4470025; Fax 021
447 3639, email linda at saao.ac.za

For further information on these positions go to:  http://www.saao.ac.za.

The SAAO is a National Facility of the National Research Foundation
and is committed to equity and redress.

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