2019 Technical Lead Security Vacancy at South African Radio Astronomy Observatory

By | February 6, 2019

2019 Technical Lead Security Vacancy at South African Radio Astronomy Observatory

Temporary position


Closing Date: 8 January 2019

Market Related salary


About the Position

SARAO has an exciting opportunity for a Security Technical Lead to join our team based in Cape Town. Working as the technical lead of a small team within the Compute Infrastructure Group, this role takes overall technical responsibility for cyber security across the organisation including considerations of both the physical and cyber security needed to secure all science, business and engineering IT systems to the agreed upon levels.

Minimum education requirement:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Computer Science or Engineering
  • National Diploma in Information Technology or Computer Systems

Minimum work experience required:

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 7 years working experience in the field of Information Technology
  • National Diploma with at least 10 years working experience in the field of Information Technology

Desirable additional educational, work experience, and personal qualities:

  • ISO 9001 Quality Management, Single Sign-On and Federated Identity (IdP and SP)
  • Operating system security in server environments for Linux (Debian / Ubuntu) and Microsoft Windows
  • Science DMZ architecture

Duties include (but not limited to):

  • Aligning with the SARAO and NRF strategic framework to implement a defensive strategy to safeguard the organisation’s cyber assets (ISO 9001, ISO 27001 / NIST)
  • Developing and implementing policies, standards and procedures for the organisation’s cyber security
  • Coordinating with the Finance Department to update and maintain the organisation’s cyber assets register
  • Providing a practical and effective user education program around cyber security
  • Providing incident response services to the organisation with escalation to CSIRT’s if required
  • Providing guidance to the organisation’s Business Continuity Management plan relating to cyber security
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The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:

Ability to:

  • communicate complex information clearly, and to encourage commitment to learn in others
  • display team leadership and mentor
  • display strong interpersonal skills including the ability to motivate, negotiate, influence and build strong relationships

Experience in:

  • developing innovative solutions and contributing to strategic planning
  • managing and controlling budgets/resources/funding and an understanding of financial management procedures
  • open-source tools and operating systems
  • defensive security principles and methodologies

Knowledge of:

  • Virtual environments in particular KVM via Proxmox Enterprise Visualisation
  • Containerised environments in particular Docker and LXC
  • Identity and Access Management, Single Sign-On and Federated Identity (IdP and SP)
  • High Performance and High Throughput Science Computing
  • regulations and procedures, and the implications of non-compliance
  • systems/services for software/hardware development as it relates to IT security
  • ITIL frameworks
  • Ansible for configuration, provisioning and deployment – DevOps
  • industrial SCADA and building management systems

About The Employer

The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) spearheads South Africa’s activities in the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope, commonly known as the SKA, in engineering, science and construction. SARAO is a National Facility managed by the National Research Foundation and incorporates radio astronomy instruments and programmes such as the MeerKAT and KAT-7 telescopes in the Karoo, the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) in Gauteng, the African Very Long Baseline Interferometry (AVN) programme in nine African countries as well as the associated human capital development and commercialisation endeavours.

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As a business unit of the NRF, SARAO is committed to employment equity and redress.

Type of employment: Permanent

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