First listed on: 26 March 2024

ASD5 & ASD6 HPC Linux Administrator


$85,364.24 – $106,827.76 (plus 15.4% super)
Canberra - ACT

The Role

A HPC System Administrator will lead or assist system administrator activities supporting the Linux and software services in the High Performance Computing environment, provision and configure servers and services across a variety of platforms. The HPC System Administrator will be required to write support and security documentation, and work cohesively and communicate effectively with High Performance Computing Infrastructure project, technical and engineering staff, and stakeholder groups.

ASD 5 Responsibilities.

You will operate with limited direction to achieve outcomes, drawing on your relevant experience and skills as necessary. Additional responsibilities may include:

  • Providing technical expertise to enable the configuration of system components and equipment for systems testing or correct application of operational procedures
  • Collaborating with technical teams to develop and agree system integration plans and report on progress
  • Recommending and implementing improvements to processes and tools
  • Undertaking or supervising complex installations and de-installations of systems or components, including handover to the client
  • Scheduling installation work around client priorities and resource availability.
  • Ensuring adherence to established safety and quality procedures.
  • Contributing to the planning and implementation of infrastructure/ installations maintenance and updates
  • Using infrastructure management tools to determine load and performance statistics. Configuring tools and/or creates scripts to automate the provisioning, testing and deployment of new and changed infrastructure
  • Investigating and enabling the resolution of operational issues
  • Preparing and maintaining operational procedures for storage management
  • Monitoring capacity, performance, availability and other operational metrics. Taking appropriate action to ensure corrective and proactive maintenance of storage and backup systems to protect and secure business information
  • Creating reports and proposals for continuous improvement

ASD 6 Responsibilities.

You will operate independently with minimal direction and may lead a small technical team to achieve outcomes, drawing on your subject matter expertise. Additional responsibilities may include:

  • Ensuring that system software is provisioned and configured to facilitate the achievement of service objectives
  • Evaluating new system software and recommending adoption if appropriate. Planning the provisioning and testing of new versions of system software
  • Investigating and coordinating the resolution of potential and actual service problems
  • Ensuring that operational procedures and diagnostics for system software are current, accessible and well understood
  • Ensuring that all requests for support are dealt with according to set standards and procedures.
  • Drafting and maintaining procedures and documentation for applications support.
  • Managing application enhancements to improve business performance.
  • Advising on application security, licensing, upgrades, backups, and disaster recovery needs.

About our Team

ASD’s High Performance Computing (HPC) Infrastructure team is a small group of talented, highly motivated and dedicated IT Professionals, who sustain, design and build high performance computing infrastructure for production, test, development, and research functions supporting ASD’s missions.

The team comprises ASD and industry people, who support all HPC systems, servers, interconnect fabrics, file systems, Operating Systems, virtualisation and container platforms in ASD’s HPC environment.

The team works closely with software engineers, developers, data scientists and researchers who together underpin ASD’s High Performance Computing capabilities used in signals Intelligence and cyber missions.

Our Ideal Candidate

We are looking for applicants who work well under broad direction and with self-initiated tasks as required, who take responsibility for meeting allocated technical and/or group objectives, who analyse, design, plan, execute and evaluate work to time, cost and quality targets. Ideal candidates will be able to establish milestones and have a significant role in the assignment of tasks and/or responsibilities.

We are looking for people who are able to have some influence over the allocation and management of resources appropriate to given assignments and provide input to policies that aligns to strategic plans, who can advise on available standards, methods, tools, applications and processes relevant to group specialism(s) and can make appropriate choices from alternatives. The ideal candidate will creatively apply innovative thinking and design practices in identifying solutions that will deliver value for the benefit of the customer/stakeholder.

Application Closing Date: Sunday 7 April, 2024

For further information please review the job information pack, reference ASD/02379/24 on

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