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Systems Administrator

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Software Engineering, IT
Lexington, MA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2023


MIT Lincoln Laboratory is seeking a motivated individual to join our dynamic Information Technology (IT) team as a System Administrator to support our technical analysis environment. You will be part of a small team that has a critical role in supporting computing and networking infrastructure, and will work under the supervision of a senior systems administrator to build and maintain environments in classified and unclassified environments, and to provide IT support to the analysts as needed. We're particularly interested in candidates with a background in Computer Science, Information Systems, or a related field. This is a full-time position with 40 hours per week on-site. Candidates with prior experience with DoD systems are encouraged to apply.


Candidates should be highly competent in the execution of computer system solutions – including the provisioning, configuration, and management of Windows, Linux, and network solutions across a variety of hardware platforms. Experience and competency with DoD IT security requirements and procedures such as RMF, DFARS, SCAP, STIG is required. Candidates should also be team oriented, have strong communication skills, have the desire to work in a research and development environment, and be comfortable dealing with classified information in a closed area.


As a member of the Airborne Radar Systems and Techniques group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, you will be a part of a team with diverse technical backgrounds that analyze, develop, and test high-performance sensor systems. We prototype radar and imaging sensors for wide-area surveillance, and work to mature algorithms to detect small objects in challenging environments. Staff have the opportunity to work on hardware, software, and novel algorithm development. Teams work together to understand foundational physical principles, design and build one-of-a-kind sensor systems, architect and execute flight test data collections, develop and integrate novel processing techniques, explore advanced countermeasures that degrade the performance of sensor systems, and partner across the Department of Defense to transition our work onto platforms that operate around the globe preforming relevant missions.


Roles and Responsibilities


  • Provide system administration by installing, configuring, maintaining, repairing, and upgrading computers and network equipment
  • Setup and maintain the integrity and security of systems and networks; install, maintain and administer new software and IT tools to support research projects
  • Support Windows and Linux based platforms, applications, and users
  • Configure network devices such as routers and switches
  • Implement configuration management tools
  • Review and test new hardware and software to make recommendations for purchases
  • Design and implement shell scripts and other tools to automate processes
  • Develop improvements for the computing and network infrastructure such as data storage, backup and recovery, network bandwidth and throughput, and application installation and management




  • Bachelor's Degree (Computer Science, Information Systems, or related field preferred) or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of four years of experience supporting Windows and Linux systems including configuration management, software installation/configuration, and network configuration
  • Ability to obtain and maintain certification in one or more of the following: Security+, Comp Tia A+, Network+
  • Experience working in a classified computing environment
  • Experience installing and configuring routers and switches
  • Experience installing, configuring, and operating network services such as DNS, DHCP, NIS, NFS, SSH, SAMBA, and AD
  • Experience with security tools such as Trellix ePO, Ivanti, Nessus
  • Experience with patching utilizing WSUS and wsusoffline
  • Excellent customer service, communication, and troubleshooting skills


Desired Technical Skills


  • Experience with research high performance and real-time computing environments
  • Experience with DoD IT security requirements and procedures: RMF, SCAP, and 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, patching
  • Networking, Subnetting, Routing
  • Experience in installing, configuring, running, and troubleshooting security tools such as Trellix ePO, Ivanti, Tenable Nessus, Microsoft WSUS
  • Experience in resolving issues reported on by security tools


Security Type Required


Applicant must have the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance and a willingness to obtain SCI. Preference will be given to candidates with existing clearance status.





At MIT Lincoln Laboratory, our exceptional career opportunities include many outstanding benefits to help you stay healthy, feel supported, and enjoy a fulfilling work-life balance. Benefits offered to employees include: 


  • Comprehensive health, dental, and vision plans
  • MIT-funded pension
  • Matching 401K
  • Paid leave (including vacation, sick, parental, military, etc.)
  • Tuition reimbursement and continuing education programs
  • Mentorship programs
  • A range of work-life balance options
  • ... and much more!  


Please visit our Benefits page for more information. As an employee of MIT, you can also take advantage of other voluntary benefits, discounts and perks.


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.


Requisition ID: 40576