Senior Systems Administrator position

The Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA) is seeking to appoint a Senior Systems Administrator to join a team that works on supporting OpenStack cloud systems for use by IDIA researchers. Experience working with big data projects in areas such as Astronomy, High Energy Physics, Omics or Earth Observation Science will be an asset. This is a 12-month contract position.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the following key responsibilities amongst others;


  • maintain of OpenStack systems by working with an existing distributed support and development team
  • installation and maintenance of scientific software systems
  • working with researchers to help them utilise the environment effectively
  • maintain Linux and OpenStack environments and;
  • work with scientists to deploy software tools onto the cloud systems


  • BSc in Computer Science or related discipline
  • At least three years experience supporting Linux based systems or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Ability to deploy and troubleshoot Unix/Linux based systems
  • Experience with virtualized computing environments (e.g., Xen, KVM, ESX)
  • Experience with software containers (e.g., Singularity, Docker)
  • Experience maintaining cloud computing frameworks (E.g., OpenStack, OpenNebula, Nimbus)
  • Experience supporting scientists to efficiently deploy software tools and workflows
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a distributed team
  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written)
  • Excellent analytical reasoning, problem solving, time management, and organizational skill.