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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Systems Administrator in Lexington, Massachusetts

The Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems and Technology Division conducts research and development into advanced sensing concepts, signal and image processing, high performance computing, networked sensor architectures, and decisions sciences. This work is focused on development and implementation of advanced sensors for surface, undersea, air, and space surveillance capabilities.

System Administrator

The Systems Administrator will support multiple IT technical operational initiatives for Division 10 Cross Collaboration Team (CCT) that improves the performance and effectiveness of the Division in alignment with strategic priorities and objectives of MIT Lincoln Laboratory and Research Groups. The candidate requires high competency in the execution of computer system solutions, including provisioning, configuration, and management of Windows, Mac OS, Windows/Linux Servers, and a variety of hardware platforms, DoD IT security requirements, and procedures; RMF, DFARS, STIG. The candidate must be able to communicate with users, and leadership in problem assessment, troubleshooting, and apply appropriate technical skills or vendor methodologies to resolve issues successfully. Qualified candidates must be able to expand and maintain computer hardware, software, and networks for a variety of operating systems and provide desktop support as part of a larger IT team. The Systems Administrator will coordinate with resources from the Division, Information Services Department (ISD) and Security Service Department (SSD) and others at the Lab to execute creative technical solutions to complex IT problems, and must be comfortable working independently while reporting to the Division 10 IT Manager.


  • Supports Division 10 CCT IT initiatives and collaborates and supports Group IT needs throughout the Division where needed

  • Setup and maintain the integrity and security of systems and networks, install, maintain and administer new software and IT tools to support the Lab Research

  • Provide system administration, install, configure, and manage Mac and Windows-based environments in client/server, virtual infrastructure, network and data storage capacities

  • Assure system reliability and performance through monitoring and infrastructure management and ensure server and application compliance with security and performance requirements (NISPOM, RMF)


  • Ability to diagnose, and resolve hardware, software, and networking problems

  • Virtual computing technologies

  • Thin client technologies

  • Experience with operating system imaging tools

  • Experience with provisioning, configuring, and administering Windows, Windows Server, and Mac OS, on a variety of hardware platforms

  • knowledge of DoD IT security requirements, and procedures; RMF, DFARS, STIG

  • Develop and maintain technical and operational documentation to continually improve our computing environments

  • Engage in knowledge sharing to further develop the overall capability and performance of our IT team

  • General experience with collaboration tools such as Confluence, Jira, Zoom, MS Teams, and SharePoint


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

  • General experience with Red Hat/CentOS, and Ubuntu

  • Experience working directly with end-users in troubleshooting, and project support

  • Strong organizational skills, and the ability to clearly document complex operations

  • Remediate security vulnerabilities to maintain compliance with policies and procedures

  • Represent the group as a team member for inter-organizational interactions such as infrastructure, and security working groups

  • Documentation of IT process and procedures


  • Highly effective knowledge of one or more of the following:

  • Operating Systems: UNIX/Linux, Windows, OSX, VMware, Cisco IOS

  • Hardware: Intel/AMD, Cisco, Sun/Oracle, Dell, Apple, EMC, NetApp

  • Software/applications: SAP, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Outlook), Active Directory, LDAP, Java, Javascript, SQL, BMC Footprints, VMware, SCCM 2012, SCOM 2012, EMC Networker, Solarwinds

  • Networking applications and protocols: TCP/IP, DNS, NTP, DHCP, SSH, FTP and HTTP/S Programming Languages: Perl, Python, Shell Scripting, Powershell

  • System auditing, hardening and firewall configurations

  • 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

Other Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or Associate’s degree in Computer and Information Science, Computer Engineering, Information Systems preferred, or related field can be substituted if the incumbent has minimum of five years’ experience.

  • Applicant must have the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret and Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) security clearance.

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

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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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