Job opening for Computer Systems Assistant at Manila Observatory

Seal of Manila Observatory

Seal of Manila Observatory

The MANILA OBSERVATORY, a Jesuit institution engaged in scientific research, invites applicants for the following position:


Job Description:

Operation and Maintenance

1. Draft and recommend the most applicable computer specifications or computing resource for specific application needs of the research programs

2. Assist in the acquisition of computing resource to ensure that the acquired equipment best suits the need

3. Assemble, set up and operationalize newly acquired computers/computing systems, including workstations and database servers. This requires studying the most efficient set up to maximize the full potential of
the acquired computers aside from installing operating systems/s and application software/s, and configuring computer peripheral device/s

4. Ensure the reliability and functionality of a computer through software installations and regular maintenance. This means that the computers must be scheduled for system check up in a regular basis. This will include:

  • Cleaning the computer hardware
  • Checking the computer software for errors and updates
  • Installing the necessary softwares that are required by the research programs
  • Ensuring the compatibility of the hardware and software of the computer
  • Assist in the upgrade/maintenance of the network system (in coordination with the Facilities and Logistics Office)
  • Assist in keeping the computing infrastructure functional all the time or at least minimize the downtime of the essential components i.e. servers and network
  • Assist in building and maintaining a parallel computing system
  • Assist people regarding questions on usage of the institution?s computing resources

Troubleshooting and Repair

1. Perform necessary/possible solution/s to recover from the problem

2. If the unit is deemed irreparable, data recovery must be administered and salvage parts that are still useable

3. Scrap the broken parts (in coordination with the Facilities and Logistics Office)

Competencies, Skills and Qualifications:

1. College graduate in the field of Computer Science/Engineering or relevant fields

2. Knowledge in computer programming

3. In-depth knowledge of computer hardware and software applications

4. Preferably familiar with Linux/Unix operating system

5. Good oral and written communication skills

6. Good interpersonal skills and a team worker

Interested candidates are invited to personally submit a letter of application with resume, transcript of records and recent passport size photograph on or before 12 August 2013 at the Human Resource Office, Manila Observatory, Ateneo de Manila Campus, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Or you may also get in touch with us through e-mail address: and at telephone nos.426-5921 to 23.  For more information about the company, you can visit our website:


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