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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Systems Administrator in Lexington, Massachusetts

The Systems and Analysis Group provides technical analyses to senior USAF leadership on a broad range of issues, including survivability of advanced USAF aircraft versus modern air defenses; the impact of current and future electronic attack and electronic protection techniques; the effectiveness of advanced weapon systems; the capabilities and limitations of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems; and the vulnerability of precision- guided munitions to threat counters. Many of these system analyses rely on a large body of modeling and simulation tools for RF, infrared, GPS, and directed-energy systems, which are validated via participation in an active program of laboratory measurements and flight testing in conjunction with Group 108, Tactical Defense Systems. In other cases, new models, supported by measurements and tests when feasible, are developed to evaluate new USAF capabilities. Where a rapid capability is sought, the group may lead multigroup coalitions in the execution of these efforts.

Job Description:

The Systems Administrators (Level II) will support a wide variety of information technology (IT) tasks across a diverse set of network and computer resources. The systems administrator will be responsible for contributing to the IT team’s efforts in maintaining and improving the group’s computer resources and meeting government IT security requirements. They will implement technical solutions to complex IT problems with general supervision. Qualified candidates must be able to maintain computer hardware, software, and networks for a variety of operating systems and provide direct desktop support to 40 users as part of a larger IT team.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide general day-to-day user support

  • Management, administration and support of MIT/LL IT systems’ infrastructure

  • Procure needed computer systems, network hardware, software, etc.

  • Ensure system availability (powered on); regularly patch and perform backups for group computer systems

  • OS deployments & upgrades; Windows and Linux desktops and servers, as well as network infrastructure

  • Upgrade hardware and firmware

  • Install, upgrade, maintain and patch all commercial software

  • Manage networks, file shares, virtual infrastructures and SAN/NAS environments

  • Remediate vulnerabilities and maintain compliance with policies and procedures

  • Coordinate with Information System Security Officer (ISSO) for all Systems Security Plans

  • Document IT procedures


  • Applicant must have the ability to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance. Preference will be given to candidates with an existing Secret clearance

  • Fundamental basic knowledge of Windows Operating Systems

  • Bachelor's degree plus a minimum of 2 years’ experience or equivalent

  • Troubleshooting experience of hardware and software

  • Basic networking skills and fundamental knowledge

  • Applicant must have or obtain 8570 level 2 or higher compliance within 6 months

  • Applicant must have highly effective verbal and written communication skills, proven experience working in a team environment, and the ability to complete assignments independently with minimal supervision.

    Desired technical skills:

  • TOP SECRET security clearance

  • Experience with research high performance and real-time computing environments

  • Experience with DoD IT security requirements and procedures, RMF & STIG

  • Competent with administration and troubleshooting of one or more of the following:

  • Microsoft Windows 10, Windows Server 2016/2019, Office Suites, Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, WSUS, MDT, DOS/PowerShell scripting

  • Linux RHEL/CentOS 6/7

  • Networking, CISCO, Subnetting, Routing

  • Certification in one or more of the following: Security+, Comp Tia A+, Network

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Selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level DoD security clearance.

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.

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