Senior Technical Officer: Research


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Dec 3, 2004
Stellenbosch University

Faculty of Science
Linux System Administrator Division

Senior Technical Officer: Research
(Ref. NW09/363/1014)

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• Supporting research-driven computer activities for research staff and postgraduate students in the Faculty of Science;
• hardware and software maintenance (Linux);
• development of systems software (Linux);
• network and capacity planning;
• development and maintenance of security strategy;
• development and maintenance of backup strategy;
• development and maintenance of support facilities.

• At least an Honours degree in Computer Science or an equivalent qualification;
• at least 3 years’ relevant experience in Linux system administration and setting up Linux client computers;
• extreme competence in the administration of Linux servers, including LDAP, NFS, DNS, DHCP, Exim, CUPS, Tomcat, Samba and Apache;
• knowledge about virtualisation in Linux systems;
• experience with the installation and maintenance of open source software;
• experience with the setup and maintenance of code repositories;
• experience with C, C++, Java, MySQL, PHP and Python programming (these skills will be tested);
• the ability to solve technical problems completely independently;
• excellent language and communication skills in Afrikaans as well as English;
• excellent interpersonal skills;
• good organisational skills;
• the ability to work neatly and with accuracy is of utmost importance.

• A relevant Linux qualification;
• experience in a university or research environment;
• experience in the setup and management of scientific software experiments and cluster servers;
• experience with building physical electronic systems from components.

Commencement of duties: 1 January 2015
Closing date: 10 November 2014
Enquiries regarding the job content: Ms Ilse de Kock on +27 21 808 2682
Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefits as well as technical assistance with the electronic application process: Human Resources Client Services Centre on +27 21 808 2753

The University will consider all applications in terms of its Employment Equity Plan, which acknowledges the need to diversify the demographic composition of the staff corps, especially with regard to the appointment of suitable candidates from the designated groups.

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and contact details of at least two referees), must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post. Applicants must also include a covering letter with their applications, confirming why they meet the above requirements.

Candidates may be subjected to appropriate psychometric testing and other selection instruments.

Should no feedback be received from the University within four weeks of the closing date, kindly accept that your application did not succeed.