Linux and Web System Administrator

Date: 22 May 2023

Location: Brisbane, QLD, AU Melbourne, VIC, AU Sydney, NSW, AU Canberra, ACT, AU Geelong, VIC, AU

Company: CSIRO

Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity



  • Outstanding opportunities to grow & develop your career
  • Flexible work arrangements! 
  • Highly collaborative work environment


The Web & Database Hosting team within CSIRO IM&T Enterprise Platforms group provides general and versatile hosting solutions for both science research web applications and enterprise systems, and the team manages the technical complexities and life cycles of the web platforms to strive for a smooth and secure hosting experience for clients.


The System Administrator, as part of the web hosting technical team, is responsible for web and application provisioning and ongoing support, providing technical advice relating to the hosting enquiries, and managing the operation and security of web platform and framework environments. They understand the capabilities and security characteristics of key web platforms and frameworks, and apply that knowledge diligently in daily job, and actively contribute to ongoing service improvement and development within the team.

Your duties will include:


  • Configure the management web platforms and frameworks according to the established standards and built-in security.
  • Serve hosting requests with sound technical analysis and manage ongoing operation of web applications and provide technical advice to client’s enquiries in web hosting.
  • Lead hosting system and platform updates, patches, and configuration changes to proactively manage hosting security.
  • Manage the life cycle of web applications and the underlying hosting environment involving upgrades, migration and decommissions, etc.
  • Manage the provisioning and administration of SSL Certificates for external CSIRO websites
  • Monitor applications and the platform services, investigate and resolve warnings and alerts.
  • Troubleshoot including hosting-related debugging and performance bottleneck investigation, manage system growth and resource planning.


Location: Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Geelong (other AU locations considered)

Salary: AU$105,806k - AU$114,500k per annum plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite, full time

Reference: 83558

To be considered you will need:


Essential Criteria:

  1. Relevant trade certificate/diploma/bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant work experience in IT System Administration.
  2. Demonstrated knowledge and experience (5+ years’) in system administration, relevant to application hosting in a mix of hosting environments including Linux and Windows servers.
  3. Demonstrated experience administering Apache HTTP and Tomcat servers, and solid understanding of web security.
  4. Sound programming skills, and proficient in one or more languages of shell, Perl, PHP, Python, Java, JavaScript, etc.
  5. Demonstrated experience of life cycle and change control management.


Desired Criteria:

  1. Experience with DevOps practice in service delivery for automation and integration, agile methodologies, and source code revision control like Git, SVN.
  2. Containerisation experience (Docker, Kubernetes)


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens only

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the NV1 level


Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

Monday, 12 June 2023, 11:00pm AEST (unless filled sooner)


Shortlisting for this role may take place as applications are received. We therefore reserve the right to close this vacancy once a suitable candidate has been appointed,
Please consider applying as soon as possible.