MIT Lincoln Laboratory Senior Systems Administrator in Lexington, Massachusetts

The RF Technology Group develops and demonstrates innovative RF technologies and integrated subsystems as solutions to emerging national security needs in radar, electronic warfare, signals intelligence (SIGINT), and special communications. To execute its RF research and development mission, the group develops and tests custom antennas, transmit and receive modules, multichannel wideband receiver-exciters, beamformers, active and passive RF circuits, wide bandgap materials and devices, low-phase-noise oscillators, high-speed software-defined radios, and high-throughput digital processing architectures. Novel RF solutions are developed at the device level up through the full RF subsystem level, with an emphasis on highly integrated, small-form-factor RF subsystems. The group collaboratively interacts with research groups across the Laboratory to take projects from initial concept stage, through simulation and analysis, to design and prototyping, and finally to field demonstration.

The RF Technology Group is seeking a Systems Administrator IV to join existing team members in providing systems administration support services in a dynamic environment. The candidate will provision, configure and administer Windows Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS and VMware ESX on a variety of hardware platforms. They will interface with vendors and purchasing to spec, purchase, and maintain hardware, licensing, and warranty information for systems hardware and software. The candidate must be able to communicate with users in problem assessment and troubleshooting and apply appropriate technical skills or vendor methodologies to resolve issues successfully.

Job duties will additionally include development and maintenance of detailed backup and recovery strategies for multiple platforms, as well as providing technical support, training and technical documentation to staff members as needed. The candidate should expect to receive minimal instructions on recurrent work assignments and only general instructions on new or more complex assignments and should therefore be comfortable working independently.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Experience with provisioning, configuring and administering Windows Server, VMware ESX, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS on a variety of hardware platforms

  • Experience with operating system imaging tools

  • Experience with automated security assessments tools

  • Experience with implementing and maintaining Windows/Linux systems hardening scripts, patching, and updates

  • General systems administration experience including Active Directory, LDAP, DHCP, Kerberos, DNS, DHCP, YUM, Ansible, Group Policies, Bash/Powershell/Command Shell scripting

  • Performance and verification of backups for desktops, servers and file shares

  • Management of file shares, virtual infrastructures and SAN/NAS environments

  • Documentation of IT procedures


  • Minimum 6 years of experience in Systems Administrator or Senior Systems Administrator role.

  • Bachelor degree in Computer Science, MIS, Engineering, or equivalent experience.

  • Ability to achieve or maintain Comp TIA Security+. Higher certifications like CISSP, or equivalent, are highly desirable.

  • Strong customer service skills, written and communication skills

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MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.