Curtin University of Technology

Curtin University of Technology

System Administrator


Closing in 9 days

Job Reference: 1148360

About us The Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) is a multi-disciplinary research institute engaged in a range of projects involving or motivated by radio astronomy. CIRA's activities draw together academic research and professional staff from a variety of science, engineering, and computing disciplines to tackle unique and demanding challenges in radio astronomy. CIRA is the lead organisation and operator of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), and a key participant in the international SKA project. CIRA is also the Curtin University node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), a joint venture with the University of Western Australia.

To learn more about our university, please visit www.

Your new role The successful candidate will work with the Software and Systems Team (led by Greg Sleap) to manage and maintain servers and networks that support the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope, an SKA (Square Kilometre Array) precursor. The MWA is a global collaboration, led by CIRA, to exploring the farthest reaches of the Universe from the West Australian outback.

The successful candidate will be looking to continue building their sysadmin career in a diverse role within a supportive team environment for an exciting, cutting-edge big data science project: The sysadmin will:

  • Plan, design, configure, deploy and support Linux servers (on premises and cloud).
  • Plan, design, configure, deploy and support networking hardware and infrastructure.
  • Implement audit requirements related to system access and security.
  • Maintain documentation for all servers and networks.
  • Assist with maintenance and monitoring processes to ensure high availability and security of systems.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with vendors, DTS, CSIRO, Pawsey and other stakeholders.
  • Maintain a suitable level of knowledge of supported technologies and the use of relevant tools to enable effective service delivery.
  • Undertake other activities which the incumbent might reasonably be expected to do, and which are consistent with the accountabilities and responsibilities as listed above.
  • If you have any queries in relation to the requirements of the role, please contact Greg Sleap at [email protected]

    Alternatively, call the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research Phone: (+61) 08 9266 4669.

    To learn more about CIRA, please visit the below websites: www. www. www. https: // www.

    Join us! Your application should include your CV, a cover letter and separate document addressing the selection criteria (noted below) to allow us assess your suitability for this role.

    Essential Criteria:

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree in information technology / computer science or equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  • Demonstrated experience in Linux server/system administration.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with networking.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and oral communication skills with the ability to liaise with colleagues and stakeholders to resolve system issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to organise and prioritise tasks/ requests to ensure stakeholder needs are met.
  • Demonstrated problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated effective written communication skills with the ability to construct documentation and articulate information clearly and concisely.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively autonomously as well as collaboratively within a team environment.
  • A level of fitness commensurate with the position.
  • Interstate and/or overseas travel may be required.
  • Ability to work outside of normal office hours when required.
  • Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience with Red Hat and/or Ubuntu Linux.
  • Experience with server virtualisation technologies.
  • Any Cisco Certification would be regarded highly.
  • Applicants should note that prior to appointment, you will need to have a current National Police Records check, and undergo character, integrity, and reference checks. Please note that this position may be subject to a WA state government vaccination mandate. If requested, you will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status prior to employment.

    You will require work rights in Australian that match the tenure of this role, and you must be willing to relocate to Perth, Western Australia for the duration of the position.

    If you have any queries in relation to the application process, please contact our Careers team at [email protected]

    Disclaimer Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.

    Job details


    System Administrator


    Curtin University of Technology




    November 20, 2023

    Application deadline

    December 20, 2023

    Job type



    Computer Science,Engineering

    About the employer

    Curtin University is a future-focused university based in the scenic city of Perth, Australia, with additional campuses in regional Western Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and Mauritius.

    The University is recognised for its strengths in teaching and research innovation, which is reflected in its standing as Western Australia’s top public university for graduate and postgraduate employment, according to the Good Universities Guide 2021.

    We were established in 1966 as the ‘Western Australian Institute of Technology’, before gaining university status and changing our name to ‘Curtin’ in 1987 in honour of the former Australian Prime Minister.

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