Systems Administrator


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking an Systems Administrator. The Air and Missile Defense Sector creates innovative solutions to our Nation’ s most difficult challenges posed by evolving aircraft, missile, and surface threats. Contribute to this mission by joining the Technical Facilities Systems Administration Group (A4G).

Job Summary: In this role, you will assist in managing and supporting Windows and Linux based systems to support analysis and software development for the Air and Missile Defense Sector. You will be responsible for engineering and maintaining the operational status of Windows, Linux, and VMware systems implementing complex solutions around business needs.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

  • Form relationships with facility users, establishing a collaborative approach to facility support. Computer setup, software installation, networking, Hardware troubleshooting, data collection, and general operations support. Proactively maintain computer systems, networks, and associated equipment in full operational condition.(50%)
  • Support facility growth and enhancement through strategic planning, equipment and software selection. Reconfigure facility for new projects and equipment including computer installation, networking, and applications installation (30%)
  • Perform and monitor facility security procedures to assure protection of all classified information. (20%)

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications: BS in CS, MIS, CE or related field with at least 5 (five) years’ experience in Linux/Unix computer system administration or at least 10 (ten) years of relevant work experience. Experience with computer hardware setup and configuration. Ability to troubleshoot problems in computer networks, computer hardware, and computer operating system configuration and operation. Ability and desire to work well with a wide variety of end-users with differing needs and experience. Strong organizational skills, ability to work in a team and independently as well as multi-task effectively.

Desired Qualifications: MS in CS, MIS, CE or related field with at least 10 (ten) years’ experience in Linux/Unix computer system administration or at least 15 (fifteen) years of relevant work experience. Wide knowledge of computer technologies. Expertise in managing Solaris, CentOS/RedHat Linux, and Windows (2008/2012 Server or Windows 7/8). Knowledge of classified computer facility operational procedures and NISPOM, DSS, or other DOD security regimes. Experience with heterogeneous Windows and Linux environments and data center operations including infrastructure, systems monitoring, and computer clusters of 100 computers. Hands-on experience with most of the following enterprise storage technologies: NetApp/NFS/CIFS/RAID/NAS/ ISCSI/ZFS. Ability to write in a Unix scripting language. Proven ability and interest in documenting systems and operational procedures. Preference for current security clearance.

Special Working Conditions: Must be able to perform moderate lifting to move computer and network equipment. Some work outside normal working hours and on weekends must be performed for operations and maintenance.

Security: Must be able to obtain a DoD Secret clearance. Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at www.jhuapl.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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