Share this Job

Senior System Administrator

Date: 17-Jan-2023

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

Company: CSIRO

Acknowledgement of Country

CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation

The Opportunity

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.


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

The Web & Database Hosting team within CSIRO Information Management and Technology (IM&T) team 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:


  • Serve hosting requests with sound technical analysis and manage ongoing operation ­ of web applications, and provide technical advice to client ­ 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;
  • Troubleshoot including hosting-related debugging and performance bottleneck investigation, manage system growth and resource planning;
  • Proactively ­ manage system security, build and rollout in-depth embedded security, and participate in security assessments and enhancements;
  • Provide technical advice that is aligned with overall solution designs, architecture and frameworks for general hosting;


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. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in system administration relevant to application hosting in a mix of hosting environments including Linux and Windows servers.
  2. Extensive understanding and experience in managing web applications at an enterprise level, with demonstrated knowledge in one or more web platforms like Apache, Nginx, Java Tomcat or equivalent ones, and solid understanding of web security.
  3. Sound programming skills, and proficient in one or more languages of shell, Perl, PHP, Python, Java, JavaScript, etc.
  4. Well-developed experience in working collaboratively across teams, coordinating tasks, and driving for service delivery.
  5. Demonstrated willingness and ability to contribute novel ideas and approaches with insightful analysis, and to develop innovative solutions leading to improved service delivery.


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

CSIRO requires proof of vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of entry to all CSIRO locations. Please be advised you may be asked for proof of vaccination as part of the recruitment process.

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

16th February 2023, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT (unless filled sooner)


Shortlisting for this role will take place as applications are received. 

Please consider applying ASAP