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IT System Administrator

The Information Technology System Administrator will:

  • Perform system security and maintenance, safeguarding systems against vulnerabilities as defined by Center IRD policies

  • Perform asset management of IT assets including laptops, desktops, workstations, servers, NAS's, firewalls,switches, routers, and wireless AP

  • Develop and maintain understanding of leading edge computer and graphical technology and integrate new technology into the existing systems to improve IT infrastructure

  • Effectively communicate with internal and external customers

  • Assist hardware engineers with integrating and troubleshooting IT systems

  • Tune systems and network to meet customer needs

  • Be responsible for rapid troubleshooting and resolving system issues

  • Be responsible for authentication approval and maintenance

  • Coordinate with external organization to perform security remediation

  • Be responsible for system communication, authorization and storage design, development and maintenance

  • Be responsible for software license management

  • Successfully operate in a highly dynamic simulations engineering environment with a team of engineers working to rapidly develop robotic systems functionality.

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications - External

Required Education/Experience/Skills:

  • Typically has a BS degree in a computer or system science discipline from an accredited college or university and five

(5) years of progressive, relevant experience, or an MS degree in a computer or system science and four (4) years of progressive experience, or Ph.D. degree in a computer of system science discipline.

  • Experience developing and maintaining a simulation lab in the following specialty areas:

  • Linux/Unix System Administration

  • Network analysis, configuration and administration

  • System and software configuration management

  • System tuning and performance analysis to optimize up-time, quality of service

  • System requirements analysis

  • Firewall maintenance and administration

  • Security planning, implementation, and maintenance (disabling services, effective countermeasures, intrusion detection, firewall configuration, etc.)

  • IT hardware and software integration

  • Strong customer focus, highly effective communication skills, and the ability to work in a dynamic, rapidly changing engineering environment with demanding customers on a compressed schedule.


  • Experience with Ubuntu, terminal, Bash and Python

  • Experience with Linux-friendly network services (NFS mounts, LDAP authentication, backups and configuration¬†management, consolidated logging, etc.)

  • Experience with Cisco switches, topology design, failover, management and accounting for IP addresses and network utilization

  • Experience with virtualization and containers (VMWare, Docker,etc.)

  • Experience with automation of system maintenance and reporting via scripting

  • Software license management

  • Johnson Space Center network familiarity

  • NASA Security familiarity (security plans, POAMs, Risk Assessments.)

  • Familiarity with JSC IT Security personnel (what networks are available, what security services are available, who to call when what happens,etc.)

  • Experience with DevOps practices and tools¬†