Network Administrator, Westford MA

The Advanced Sensors and Techniques Group operates the Lincoln Space Surveillance Complex (LSSC) that comprises of the Millstone deep-space satellite tracking radar, the Haystack Ultrawideband Satellite Imaging Radar (HUSIR) and the Haystack Auxiliary imaging radar (HAX).  All these radars are remotely controlled from the Lexington Space Situational Awareness Center (LSSAC) which serves as a data processing and fusion node for the LSSC and other ground and space-based space surveillance sensors.  Together, the LSSC and LSSAC serve as an operational test bed for space situational awareness technologies and provide access to a rich set of radar and optical data.  The group's current research and development efforts focus on problems such as tracking and identification of newly launched satellites, tracking and discrimination of satellites in geosynchronous clusters, automated radar image exploitation, close approach monitoring and collision warning applications of multi-sensor data fusion, and decision support.  The group is also developing a net-centric, service-oriented information system.

Network Administrator For  Westford Field Site


MIT Lincoln Laboratory Advanced Sensors and Techniques Group (Group 92) operates a diverse enterprise of computers and networks that extends from the main Laboratory location in Lexington, Massachusetts, to field sites at Millstone and Haystack in Westford, Massachusetts, and includes network connections and communication circuits to many other physical locations and DoD organizations.  These computer and network systems provide both operational support to Air Force space object tracking and identification mission as well as serve as an R&D platform for next generation capability development.


Group 92 has an immediate need for a Network Administrator to join our IT team to maintain, upgrade, develop, and secure our networks and communications systems.  This role requires diverse expertise in network and communications systems, preferably within a secure environment. Occasional travel to remote sites will be required.


Demonstrated troubleshooting skills in a heterogeneous environment with both state of the art and legacy systems are highly desired.  The candidate must be self-motivated, be able to work well independently and within small teams, and react quickly during emergencies and high-priority events. Applicant must have excellent communication skills, proven experience working in a team environment and ability to complete assignments independently with minimal supervision.  Support of operational needs may require occasional work activities outside normal business hours.  Limited travel, generally within the continental United States, may also be required from time to time.  Ability to acquire and maintain a DoD clearance is required. Experience with security plans (i.e. Risk Management Framework), procedures, and compliance with DoD Mandate 8140.01 is highly desired.


Responsibilities include


  • Deploy, configure, secure, and maintain switches and routers to support network operations within the group.
  • Design and implement additions and improvements to the network infrastructure.
  • Document processes and infrastructure designs.
  • Support proprietary legacy communications system and related telecommunications circuits.
  • Work with outside organizations to test and troubleshoot network and messaging systems.
  • Configure, install, and maintain TACLANE encryptors.
  • Troubleshoot network and systems-related issues.
  • Assist staff with operational mission support and other systems administration tasks as necessary.
  • Response to occasional off-hour (evening/weekend/holiday) repair requests and occasional extended work periods spanning several days while supporting operational mission requirements.


Required Abilities


  • Expertise with Cisco and Summit network equipment.
  • Expertise with commercial communications circuits.
  • Expertise and prior experience operating in secure environment and security compliance.
  • Familiarity with VMWare vSphere.
  • Exhibit excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrate attention to detail, comprehensive problem solving and troubleshooting skills.


Technical Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s in Computer Science, MIS, Engineering or equivalent experience.
  • Five (5) plus years of managing networks in a production environment.


Desired Additional Qualifications


  • Three (3) plus years of Windows systems administration in a production environment.
    • Server 2012, Windows 10
  • Three (3) plus years of Linux systems administration in a production environment.
    • RHEL 6 and 7 experience preferred
  • Cisco CCNA or equivalent certification in following areas:
    • Routing and Switching
    • Data Center
    • Security
  • Audio/visual knowledge.

This Position requires candidates to be eligible for DoD Security (SECRET) 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.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Full time