Senior Network Administrator at Square Kilometre Array South Africa (SKA SA)

  • Permanent Senior position

  • Pinelands, Cape Town, Western Cape

  • Market Related salary

  • Job 2178236 | Ref 2730

  • Posted 11 Jan 2018

About the Position

SKA SA is currently seeking to appoint a Senior Network Administrator to join our Cape Town based team. The successful incumbent will be responsible for the operations and support of the MeerKAT Data Network.

Minimum education requirement:

  • Degree in Engineering or Computer Science

Minimum work experience required:

  • 5 to 7 years' experience in Networking Operations or a Support environment


  • Substantial experience and proven success in the computing infrastructure environment

Duties include (but not limited to):

  • Ensure maximum network availability and reliability
  • Daily network performance monitoring
  • Manage maintenance and support contracts with equipment vendors
  • Implement network monitoring and reporting tools
  • Establish support resources e.g. spares, test equipment, tools and facilities
  • Troubleshooting and responding to network faults
  • Manage escalations to ISPs and equipment suppliers
  • Make provision for new network services via change control processes and in conjunction with Science, Control and Monitoring and Infrastructure teams
  • Configure Firewall Security policies
  • Provide second line support to the IT help desk and technical support functions
  • Assist in the move towards greater standardisation for improved long term support across project in particular alignment with the company's requirements and adopted ISo frameworks
  • Take responsibility of monitoring, reporting and documentation for network systems
  • Take responsibility of asset management for network hardware, software and licensing

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:


  • assess faults, prioritise and escalate accordingly
  • display problem solving and analytical skills
  • communicate effectively (written and verbally)


  • project processes (i.e. system engineering, configuration management, supply chain management
  • a science research organisation
  • using network monitoring tools
  • network operations and support


  • IP protocols, Firewalling and security, Layer2 Switching (STP, VLANs), Routing Protocols (BGP, OSPF), MPLS and quality of service
  • vendor certifications (e.g. CCNA/CCNP or equivalent
  • fibre and transmission systems
  • system engineering processes

About The Employer

SKA SA is currently designing and constructing the MeerKAT Telescope in the Karoo Region of the Northern Cape Province. MeerKAT is a world-class radio telescope and is designed to do ground-breaking science. Via MeerKAT, South Africa is playing a leading role in the design and technology developments of the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope. In collaboration with South Africa industry and Universities and collaborating with leading global institutions, the South African team has developed innovative technologies in areas such as antenna engineering and signal processing hardware and algorithms.

As a business unit of the NRF, SKA SA is committed to employment equity and redress

Type of employment: Permanent

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