Unix worker for the white coats

Working among the 'white coats' in a research environment is what a Unix administrator vacancy with HortResearch in Auckland holds for the successful applicant.

Title: Unix administrator, HortResearch, Mt Albert, Auckland.

Function: Develop and implement appropriate Unix-based systems and ensure their effective and efficient operation.

Description: Midrange position answerable to national computer services manager, with agreed area of responsibility covering Unix admin and undertaking special projects.

Dosh: $55,000 to $65,000 (agency estimate)

Working among the "white coats" in a research environment is what a Unix administrator vacancy with HortResearch in Auckland holds for the successful applicant.

The 500-staff crown research institute (CRI), which has centres around the country, wants someone to look after the development and operation of its Unix-based applications and servers.

Computer services manager Howard Nicholson says the job involves scripting and programming using Unix hosts, particularly Tru64, Linux and Solaris. There will also be project work with the organisation's bioinformatics centre.

HortResearch runs Compaq Alpha servers, Tru64 Intel boxes running Red Hat Linux and small SunSparc machines. The successful person will work with another Unix administrator as part of the computer services team.

Nicholson says the successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate "reasonable" work experience, particularly in Unix, Tru64s and Linux, as well as scripting and programming experience. Tertiary qualifications or equivalent experience are expected.

The successful candidate is likely to be in computer administration, doing some programming.

Nicholson says the vacancy is hands-on and involves working with the latest technologies across a variety of departments. A special characteristic of the job is that it involves working in a research environment where new technologies come and go all the time.

He was unsure what the post might lead to and declined to say what it might pay, other than noting that it will depend on skills and experience. However, Barry O'Brien of recruiters Enterprise estimates a salary of $55,000 to $65,000. Applications must be in by August 31. The CRI's website offers more details about the organisation.

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