VPAC job – Grid Systems Administrator / Programmer

VPAC is looking for someone to join the systems team here to work on grid computing, including things like Shibboleth, SSL certificates, Globus and the like.

The Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing Limited (VPAC) has a unique opportunity for a person to assist with the operation of a National Distributed Computing and Data Project. VPAC operates a range of large Linux HPC Systems primarily used for scientific research and is part of ARCS, the Australian Research Collaboration Service, building research infrastructure across Australia.

Reporting to the VPAC Operations Manager, you will be working primarily on Linux systems in a distributed computing environment. Specifically, you will be involved in a National Project to provide authentication and authorisation services, and separately, data services across Australia and be a part of the international grid effort. The ability to work with and support our end users (typically scientific researchers and software developers) is very important in this role. Some national and international travel may be involved.

You will gain experience in a range of cutting edge distributed computing technologies.

To be successful in this role you will need Linux (or Unix) experience. A degree in Computer Science or a closely related field would be highly advantageous but hands on Linux experience is essential. Experience in authentication, authorisation and distributed data is highly desirable.

Key Selection Criteria

– A good knowledge of UNIX or LINUX at a systems level.

– Some skills in programming or scripting Python, Perl, Java or similar.

– Good communication skills and an ability to deliver quality services to end users.

Gain bonus points with:

– Experience with authentication, authorisation, Shibboleth and/or distributed data.

– Experience with grid or distributed computing, Globus.

– Experience in building and packaging custom Linux systems.

– Experience in XEN, OpenSSL, X509 certificates, Web Services or similar.

Applicants with specific skills related to the above are strongly advised to mention their experience level with each (e.g, experienced, competent, interested beginner) in their application.

VPAC is an equal opportunity employer and offers an exciting opportunity in a modern work environment with excellent employment conditions and career progression opportunities.

Please send resumes, along with a cover letter and academic transcripts to recruitment@vpac.org. Applications close COB 11th AUGUST 2008.

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