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  • Posted: Nov 26, 2020
    Deadline: Dec 10, 2020
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    The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is one of the leading scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisations in Africa. Constituted by an Act of Parliament in 1945 as a science council, the CSIR undertakes directed and multidisciplinary research, technological innovation as well as industrial and scientific...
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    Senior System Administrators

    About The Job

    • The CSIR has vacancies for Senior Systems Administrators in the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) area, within the National Integration Cyber infrastructure System (NICIS), which is hosted by Next Generation Enterprises and Institution cluster. The incumbents will be responsible to setup and provide an ongoing support of High Performance Computing (HPC) and OpenStack cloud infrastructure. The positions are based in Cape Town.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Provision and de-provision HPC and cloud accounts;
    • Deploy, manage, and operate HPC and cloud environments;
    • Contribute and identify appropriate use and operational best practices;
    • Keep technical documentation up to date;
    • Proactively keep up to date on cloud services and developments;
    • Create (where appropriate) automation, in order to streamline provisioning and de-provisioning processes;
    • Lead certain data/service migration projects;
    • Monitor and provision of high-performance server/systems; and
    • Back-up servers and associated operating systems and software.

    Qualifications, Skills And Experience

    • A National Diploma or Bachelor’s degree in information technology or related field (e.g. computer systems engineering, computer science) with at least six years’ experience as a LINUX system administrator, of which two years’ should be in HPC or cloud;
    • Industry certification in any related ICT field would be advantageous;
    • Experience provisioning, operating, and maintaining HPC systems and Cloud Infrastructure;
    • Knowledge of programming (e.g. C, C++ and Fortran);
    • Extensive experience in bash, python scripting and more;
    • Experience in creating Cron jobs and automation scripts;
    • Experience and understanding of RAID configuration;
    • Experience and understanding of Parallel Filesystems;
    • Experience with job schedulers such as Torque, PBSPro and SLURM;
    • Experience with configuration and management software such GIT;
    • Capabilities to provide guidance and best practices for HPC system, Cloud operations and deployment throughout the lifecycle of a project;
    • Strong analytical and problem solving skills;
    • Deployment experience using common OpenStack technologies like Ansible, Helm, Puppet, Docker, and more;
    • Ability to work in a collaborative environment;
    • Detail-oriented, strong work ethic and high standard of excellence;
    • Fast learner, Achiever , sets high personal goals;
    • Must be able to work on multiple projects and consistently meet project deadlines.

    Closing date: 10 December 2020

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    Senior Researcher: Social Engineering Analyst

    About The Job

    • The CSIR has a vacancy for a Senior Researcher: Social Engineering Analyst in the Technology for Special Operations (TSO) impact area (IA) within the Defence and Security Cluster. The purpose of this role is to conduct research and development within the domain of social engineering as well as to lead data or information analysis towards producing suitable outputs in line with client business requirements. This position is based in Pretoria.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Analyse data modelling and statistics for the development of systems within the defence environment;
    • Conceptualise data models (ontologies) for military command and control and intelligence application;
    • Identify systemic security issues that to threats and vulnerabilities, with the focus on recommendations for enhancements or remediation with specific focus on the human domain of national defence and security environment;
    • Engage in client interaction by compiling and/or participating in compiling user requirements specifications and participate in work sessions;
    • Analyse, design, develop and deliver solutions built to stop adversaries and strengthen crime intelligence and special operations;
    • Design and develop solutions using statistical analysis and application of modelling and analysis tools for application in socio-cultural profiling/ target audience analysis;
    • Conduct data preparation and validation on processes and tools for automating or augmenting step of data science in client systems;
    • Contribute towards leveraging data analytics to develop appropriate metrics to measure social engineering risks and develop concrete strategies mitigate the risk toward acceptable levels;
    • Contribute to crime intelligence and special operations’ new policies, procedures, and emerging trends to strengthen the strategic roadmap;
    • Provide technical leadership, give guidance and best practice advice to clients on project deliverables;
    • Contribute towards partnerships with SMMEs SMMEs on products and technology development (TD) or technology packages (TPs);
    • Assist in leading teams in multi-disciplinary research projects;
    • Assist in the establishment of collaboration with national and international research partners;
    • Compile research publications;
    • Ensure human capital development and knowledge transfer.

    Qualifications, Skills And Experience

    • A Master’s degree in research psychology, statistics or computer science with a focus on data science, with at least five years’ research and development experience within the information technology, information warfare, military or research psychology focusing on the human domain of national defence and security;
    • From the five years’ experience above, two years’ should be in:
      • Data preparation, validation and analysis;
      • Application of structural equation modelling techniques and software.
    • Experience in research within the South African military and security environment will be an added advantage;
    • Knowledge and experience in the following is essential:
      • Data preparation and validation;
      • Environmental scan, strategic planning and capability development cyber defence environment will be an added advantage;
      • Application of structural equation modelling techniques and software;
      • Data science for integrated cyber defence systems development;
      • Knowledge and experience in development of interoperable, integrated cyber defence capabilities;
      • Knowledge in project management
    • Must be able to:
      • Apply research methodology and demonstrate academic writing skills;
      • Work in a team;
      • Understand key principles of information warfare;
      • Conduct investigations in order to arrive at multiple possible solutions;
    • Demonstrate analytical skills in identifying national defence related threats and vulnerabilities by application of research skills;
    • Good communication skills (verbal and written).

    Must have or be able to obtain a valid security clearance.
    Closing date: 07 December 2020

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