Network Administrator at National Research Foundation

Observatory
Posted 1 month ago

Permanent Intermediate EE position Market Related salary

About the Position The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (formerly SKA SA) has an exciting career opportunity for a Network Administrator to join our Compute Infrastructure group in Observatory. The key focus of the role will be working in the Networking department team to implement and support organizational wide network services, directives from Security team and maintain networking documentation. The successful incumbent will also monitor , support network equipment, do performance monitoring on existing networks, provide second line support to the helpdesk and respond to break-fix issues on existing network infrastructure.

Minimum Education Required:

  • National Diploma in Information Technology or Computer Systems
OR
  • Coursework focused on Networking eg. CCNA

 

Minimum work experience required:
  • 5 years working experience in the field of information technology
Desirable additional education, work exp. & personal qualities:
  • Willingness to learn and grow in the fields of Computing, Storage, Networking and Cybersecurity
  • Good technical skills, highly motivated and enthusiastic individual who can work on their own and as part of a team
  • Good working knowledge of TCP/IP, Routing, DNS, DHCP, OSI Stack, VPN
  • Experience working in a medium-large office space, responding to frequent and sometimes urgent IT / Network related requests
  • Networking in virtual environments in particular KVM via Proxmox Enterprise Virtualisation would be advantageous

Duties include but not limited to:

  • Maintain and manage, in conjunction with networking team, networking switches and routers conforming to requirements from Networking Security team
  • Develop, manage and maintain documentation of the system architecture
  • Develop and maintain database of existing networking equipment – location, serial number, model, configuration management
  • Manage, in conjunction with networking team, maintenance of networking kit, spares provisioning, stores replacement, capacity planning, optics, line cards etc
  • Maintain and manage, in conjunction with networking team, servers both physical and virtual (Proxmox based on KVM) running Linux and Microsoft Windows Server Edition
  • Maintain and manage, in conjunction with networking team, server room level networking and availability
  • Respond, in conjunction with the networking team, to break-fix issues on networking equipment

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:

Ability

  • work on their own and as part of the team
  • communicate information clearly
  • provide organizational support, and to fit in with organizational culture and methodologies

Experience

  • networking switch and router configuration
  • working in a medium-large office space, responding to frequent and sometimes urgent IT / Network related requests
  • networking monitoring tools and support packages
  • Linux operating system, Opensource software and networking tools

Knowledge

  • networking in virtual environments in particular KVM via Proxmox Enterprise Virtualisation
  • maintenance and operation through life cycle of Networking equipment
  • understanding of the operation of Firewalls and good networking security practice
  • operating systems experience: Windows, Linux (Debian / Ubuntu), OS X
  • documenting network architecture at various OSI levels

 

About The Employer

The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) spearheads South Africa’s activities in the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope, commonly known as the SKA, in engineering, science and construction. SARAO is a National Facility managed by the National Research Foundation and incorporates radio astronomy instruments and programmes such as the MeerKAT and KAT-7 telescopes in the Karoo, the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) in Gauteng, the African Very Long Baseline Interferometry (AVN) programme in nine African countries as well as the associated human capital development and commercialisation endeavours.

As a business unit of the NRF, SARAO is committed to employment equity and redress.

Type of employment: Permanent

SARAO reserves the right to amend and/or withdraw adverts at any time without notification.

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