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Systems Administrator, Westford MA

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

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Westford, MA, USA
Posted on Friday, February 9, 2024

The nation’s satellites perform important civil, scientific, and national defense functions such as navigation, communications, weather forecasting, astronomical observations, and surveillance. As space becomes increasingly congested and contested, maintaining awareness of all man-made objects around the Earth is critical for ensuring the safe and effective operation of U.S. satellites. The Advanced Sensors and Techniques Group develops and operates electro-optical (EO) and radio frequency (RF) sensors and resilient space systems critical to maintaining this awareness of the space domain. We develop and operate some of the world’s most exquisite optical and radar systems from our main campus in Lexington, MA, with additional opportunities at locations including the Lincoln Space Surveillance Complex (LSSC) in Westford, MA, the Experimental Test Site in Socorro, NM, and the U. S. Army Reagan Test Site at the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

Our team regularly develops capabilities from fundamental concepts and sees them through to successful operation. Recent examples include transmitter and receiver upgrades on the world’s most sensitive radars, integration and operation of a state-of-the-art space telescope, development of advanced signal processing techniques, development of fully automated high-resolution image processing capabilities, demonstration of high-precision multi-sensor data fusion, and design and demonstration of long-baseline coherent receive apertures.

Job Description

The Advanced Sensors and Techniques Group is seeking a candidate to work with other members of our IT team to specify, design, implement, and test network and computer system configurations and upgrades in consultation with our technical staff; to assist in the development, coordination, and implementation of network security plans and measures in accordance with government and Laboratory policies; to identify system performance issues and assess user needs to recommend specific changes and upgrades; to perform data backups and recoveries; to assist staff with computer and network problems and tasks; and to interact with vendors, laboratory personnel, and other system administrators to coordinate procurements, installations, upgrades, and other services. This position involves working on location in Westford, MA with occasional local travel to Lexington, MA. This is a challenging position with direct involvement in maintaining operational readiness of three radar systems. This occasionally will involve call-ins during nights, weekends, and holidays.


  • B.S. in Information Technology or a related field
  • Experience with desktop level hardware and software applications like Office, Adobe, OS Imaging (i.e. kickstart or Microsoft Deployment Toolkit), BitLocker, and LUKS.
  • Ability to diagnose and resolve hardware, software, and networking problems.
  • Working knowledge of programming languages such as perl, python, C/C++, and scripting language is desired.

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: 40857

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