Contrary to popular belief, hacking on Linux kernels and recompiling Android is not my day job… I am gainfully employed as a Systems Analyst/Administrator/whatever at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya. See?
We use high-performance Linux servers to analyze research data, including genetic sequence data, remote sensing imagery, GIS layers, etc.
I’m “only” a computer scientist, so I don’t understand the research data very well, but I do know how to make the servers go harder and faster. Also, I don’t mind getting my hands dirty in the terminal, which is the confusing part for most of the researchers!