Careers at Children's Cancer Institute
Senior Linux Administrator

Randwick - Sydney, Australia  
Employment Type:
Full-Time Fixed Term  
Technology Services Group1 (TSG1)
Supporting Documentation:

  • Innovative, collaborative and positive team-orientated environment
  • Convenient Randwick location, close to transport
  • Modern, world-class facilities


Children's Cancer Institute is wholly dedicated to putting an end to childhood cancer and is the only medical research institute in Australia solely dedicated to this cause. We don't just hope to do it – we will do it; and we're looking for the brightest minds to help us get there. Children's Cancer Institute provides the best possible environment for our staff thrive with state-of-the-art facilities at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre, UNSW Australia – one of the leading cancer research centres in the world.

What’s on offer?

The Children’s Cancer Institute is embarking on an ambitious 5-year strategic plan with technology underpinning many of the strategic initiatives. As the Institute grows and the pace of innovation in both our Research and Operations continues to grow, we have recognised the need for a dedicated Senior Linux Administrator to help manage the growing Linux and HPC environments. The increase in Linux has been driven by our Zero Childhood Cancer program and the implementation of a new Computational Biology program at the Institute in 2018 which further increased the need for a robust Linux environment.

The role will provide essential support to our Computational Biology and Bioinformatics groups to ensure we can provide an environment that is fit for purpose, responsive, secure and most importantly meets the end users’ requirements.

The role will have responsibility for the design, administration, documentation and maintenance of the Linux and HPC environment as well as providing support to users and resolving incidents in a proactive manner. The role will require a strong professional with a commitment to team and project collaboration, a passion for innovation combined with a pragmatic approach to delivery.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Designing, Implementing and Supporting Linux/Unix Enterprise Environments and Infrastructures;
  • Work with and liaise with the business and research teams to develop suitable solutions across a varied array of technologies;
  • Liaise with vendors for our Linux infrastructure products, ordering new equipment and managing any associated maintenance
  • Maintaining the integrity and smooth operation of Children’s Cancer Institute’s classified and unclassified networks, systems and infrastructures;
  • Resolve incidents and/or action Service Requests, as required.
  • Support of the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics teams’ requirements for the internal HPC environment
  • Ensure backups are made to the Linux Environment
  • Tunes the performance of the Linux systems and troubleshoots reported problems
  • Integration/inter-operation of Linux systems within an Active Directory environment, particularly with respect to user accounts and storage
  • A commitment to customer service, professionalism and ability to work in a ‘team first’ environment are also crucial characteristics required for this role.


Essential skills:

  • Education to at least the level of Diploma in IT
  • Minimum of 4 years in a Linux Systems Administrator role
  • Experience maintaining Linux environment
  • Experience and knowledge in Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS
  • Automated application systems, such as Chef, Puppet, Ansible
  • Ability to create and manage Linux Clusters
  • Experience with security and Hardening.
  • Experience in managing Linux integration into a Window environment (LDAP\Active Directory) and Experience with authoritative DNS name servers
  • Experience in MySQL
  • Ability to script using both BASH and Python, as well as standard GNU/Linux /Unix tools (sed, grep etc)
  • A customer centric focus


We are strongly committed to the growth of our employees so all staff can fulfil their aspirations. You'll be rewarded with a friendly and professional flexible work environment, comprehensive on-campus facilities, salary packaging options, access to a leading EAP program and regular social activities. Join a group of dedicated people in a performance-driven environment to achieve success and discover what it's like to look forward to coming to work every day and make a real difference. We're looking for people who share our values of accountability, integrity and camaraderie, teamwork, sharing and excellence, success and satisfaction.

A detailed job description and additional information about Children's Cancer Institute can be found on our website We embrace diversity and encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

To apply, please go to and forward both your resume AND cover letter clearly addressing the qualifications, experience and skills required. We embrace diversity and encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.