Unix System 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 a UNIX System Administrator.

Job Summary:

  • Administer UNIX systems connected via a large-scale, high-availability Linux-based network that supports systems engineering and mission operations activities for a critical, high-visibility sponsor program.
  • Specify, procure, setup, configure, install, deploy, maintain, administer and support UNIX-based (Linux) workstations, servers, clusters, network infrastructure, and related equipment (storage, printers, media, etc.)
  • Perform regular maintenance tasks to ensure the security and uninterrupted functioning of scientific, engineering, and mission-based software. Install and maintain current versioning and licensing.
  • Provide technical guidance, troubleshooting, support, and assistance to a diverse scientific and engineering workforce.
  • Interact with technical leads, project and program managers to assess and determine requirements and constraints.

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:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems or related field or equivalent professional experience administering Linux-based servers, workstations/desktops, and associated peripherals in a heterogeneous environment.
  • Self-motivated and able to work in a team environment.
  • Practical performer able to execute multiple tasks and deliver demonstrable results before deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve complex problems using evolving job knowledge, skills, and abilities. Continuous learner.
  • Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills including delivery of customer-focused technical support and assistance within a highly-educated, fast-paced, multitasking technical environment across all staff levels
  • Ability to obtain and maintain an active DoD SECRET security clearance.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with Red Hat, SUSE, and Solaris UNIX implementations.
  • Strong shell scripting skills and familiarity with Perl and/or PHP programming languages.
  • Familiarity with Windows and ability to administer and integrate Windows-based software in a UNIX environment.
  • Knowledge of TCP/IP and networking protocols with the ability troubleshoot networking issues.
  • Experience managing LAMP-based web systems and analyzing the security of internally developed web applications.
  • Familiarity with Dell servers and workstations, Sun servers and workstations, and EMC storage platforms.
  • Familiarity with VMware ESX including vSphere and vCenter.
  • Familiarity with Active Directory integration, Nagios, Splunk, and/or Tanium.

Special Working Conditions: Monitor texts, e-mail, voicemail, and IT systems via smartphone and laptop as needed. Occasional inter-campus driving of department service vehicle. Flexibility to work non-standard business hours and to be on-call to support mission-critical operations and sponsor events. Occasional travel to field sites.

Security: 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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