Postion Summary:
The Linux System Administrator within the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), will be responsible for the efficient management and maintenance of Linux-based systems across the organization’s network. Experience in Linux administration will be instrumental in ensuring the stability, performance, and security of these systems, which form a critical part of SAEON’s information infrastructure.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Senior Administrator to develop and maintain dependable and efficient services on Linux-based operating systems
  • Reduce system downtime by configuring fault tolerance and minimizing potential failure scenarios
  • Conduct a thorough analysis of system configurations and issues to pinpoint areas requiring enhancement
  • Manage system security and mitigate vulnerabilities to ensure optimal performance
  • Regularly update system components and software
  • Maintain system backups to protect against data loss
  • Deploy and configure packages and services in accordance with stakeholder requirements
  • Administer modifications to existing services in a controlled and organized manner
  • Develop and sustain comprehensive documentation pertaining to system configurations, operational procedures, and troubleshooting protocols
  • Collaborate with IT team members to formulate strategies for the implementation of new systems and technologies
  • Provide prompt assistance to relevant stakeholders experiencing access or troubleshooting issues while accessing systems
  • Resolve identified system issues promptly and efficiently to minimize downtime and maintain service availability
  • Administer Linux-related tasks on the service desk, ensuring adherence to established protocols and procedures
  • Oversee user authentication management to maintain secure access to systems and protect sensitive data
  • Monitor system updates and security measures to ensure that all software is up-to-date and free of known vulnerabilities
  • Monitor associated networks and devices for potential issues or threats, using advanced network monitoring tools to identify security breaches or unauthorized access attempts
  • Generate timely and comprehensive reports on Linux-related security events, and document the steps taken to address and mitigate these events, to maintain and improve the overall security posture of the organization

Minimum Qualification:

  • Bachelors Degree / Advanced Diploma / NQF 7

Minimum Experience:

  • 2-5 years
  • B
  • Tech/B
  • Sc
  • in Computer Science/Information Science/Information Technology
  • Linux related certification: Linux+, LPIC-1, RHCSA


  • 2-5 years of documented experience on Linux systems


  • Understanding of Linux Operating System: The successful candidate should have a good understanding of the Linux operating system, including the command line interface, file systems, and network configuration
  • System Administration Tools: should be familiar with the various system administration tools that are used in Linux, such as package management, user management, process management, and system monitoring
  • Networking: A good understanding of networking concepts such as TCP/IP, routing, DNS, DHCP, and firewalls is important
  • Security: knowledge of Linux security concepts, such as permissions, access control lists, encryption, and firewalls
  • Scripting and Automation: As a Linux administrator, one should be proficient in scripting and automation tools such as Bash, Python, and Ansible
  • Troubleshooting: one should be able to troubleshoot common Linux issues such as boot failures, network connectivity problems, and application errors
  • Virtualization and Containerization: Understanding of virtualization and containerization technologies like Docker, VirtualBox, and KVM can also be helpful
  • Cloud Technologies: Knowledge of cloud technologies such as AWS, GCP, or Azure is a plus

Additional Notes:
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Desired Skills:

  • Skilled in applied field of position
  • Knowledge to be relevant
  • Responsible in performing duties

About The Employer:

The National Research Foundation (NRF) supports and promotes research and human capital development through funding, the provision of National Research Facilities and science outreach platforms and programmes to the broader community in all fields of science and technology, including natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities. The South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) is a research platform funded by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF) since 2002. SAEON is mandated to observe and research ecosystems on land, in coastal regions and the oceans to understand how those systems function and might change over time and space when influenced by socio-economic driving forces including climate change. We deliver our data online and offer tools, services and advice for informed environmental policy-making.

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