RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: JAVA) is snipping jobs across the U.S. even as the software giant is looking to hire dozens of people for a sales effort in the Middle East.

In an eight-page filing with the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Sun spelled out where it is cutting workers between March 31 and April 14. These planned layoffs follow a series of cutbacks involving hundreds of workers between Nov. 26 and Dec. 10 of last year.

And more layoffs are coming,

“At this time Sun has preliminary information that additional employees will be terminated sometime between July 18, 2008 and August 1, 2008,” Sun said in the so-called WARN notice. WARN stands for Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification.

Sun’s operation in Cary hasn’t been spared. One workers will be laid off in coming weeks. In the earlier cutbacks, five people in Cary and three in Charlotte were axed.

Sun’s Georgia operations are being cut more deeply. Fifteen employees face layoffs at the Norcross office following the layoffs of three people as 2007 ended.

In Alpharetta, two employees face the ax. That operation cut away 14 workers in the first round.

Sun Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Schwartz told the San Jose Mercury News earlier this week that the firm is “not immune to any global economic trends.” However, in an address at the firm’s annual media summit at Sun’s California headquarters, Schwartz also said the company is bullish about growth as "around the world we see more companies spending more time and money on technology as a vehicle to progress their business."

As part of that effort, another Sun executive boasted to a Middle East publication this week that Sun wanted to hire at least 40 people and double its business in the region.