Systems Administrator

The Space Systems Analysis and Test Group identifies and evaluates threats to U.S. use of space for military, intelligence, civil and commercial purposes. This work involves understanding the attributes and vulnerabilities of U.S. space-related systems, including the sensors and networks used to detect, track, and characterize objects in space, the satellites that provide space-based services, and the infrastructure used to control and operate these satellites. A central component of this effort involves consideration of how adversaries might try to exploit U.S. vulnerabilities; assessing the risk of exploitation involves technically evaluating the knowledge and resources required to mount a credible threat against our systems. This work requires detailed modeling of optical, radar, and propulsion systems; novel ideas for new space systems and on-orbit operations; and understanding the timelines, architectures, and decision-making processes for maintaining awareness of the space environment. In addition, the group pursues potentially game-changing, innovative ideas for remote sensing of space and the Earth. This part of our work involves sensor design, signal and image processing as well as space object and environmental phenomenology. The group seeks researchers from the physical sciences, including physics, mathematics, and chemistry, as well as from a wide range of applied disciplines (including electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, aeronautics, astronautics and computer science).

The Systems Administrator (SA)  will maintain an Active Directory Windows environment while providing desktop support to system users.  Experience administering Microsoft Exchange and various file server and backup solutions will be required.

The SA will maintain configuration management of assigned hardware, computer resource allocation, scheduling, disaster recovery, and capacity planning.

The SA will work with various Laboratory Sponsors to resolve Enterprise service issues (i.e. Email, DNS, Network access, etc.), facilitate computing policy and/or security changes and aid in malware/virus investigation/resolution.

The SA will work with the Information Systems Security Officer to assist in computer system security issue detection, reporting and mitigation as required by the Systems Security Plan (SSP).  Will assist the Information Systems Security Manager (ISSM) implementing ICD-503 standards and provide technical interpretation/implementation of policy. 

The SA will provide technical support to users, update system configurations, solve user problems with application compatibility, installation, operating system upgrades and maintaining disk based backup system.

Knowledge of security procedures (NISPOM, ICD-503, DJSIG), experience administering computer networking and protocols (DHCP, DNS, NIS, NFS, etc.), Ethernet, MS Office Suite, MATLAB, and a variety of other Windows/Linux software is desired.  Experience administering Linux variants and VMWare ESX/vSphere/VCenter suite is desirable. Experience managing network switches, routers, and various cryptographic hardware desired.  Individual will be responsible for coordinating all computer related purchases and manage software licenses.



  • AS/BS degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Computer Information Systems, or related field.
  • 5+ years of Systems Administrator experience in DoD Industrial Security is desired, preferably in a compartmented program environment.
  • Technical experience and skills, course work completed towards a degree, and industry IT certifications may be considered substitutes for education and DoD security experience.
  • DoD 8570 IAT Level II Baseline Certification required (i.e. CompTIA Sec+)
  • Direct experience and skill developing and administering various sized LAN/WAN environments.
  • Experience with operating systems such as Linux, Windows Server/client OS, and virtualization technologies.
  • Familiarity working with NIST 800-53 / Risk Management Framework (RMF) and Intelligence Community Directive (ICD) 503.
  • Experience applying security lockdown policies to operating systems through group policy and local settings.
  • Experience applying software patch/antivirus updates/backups.
  • Experience developing and maintaining Video teleconferencing and VOIP equipment.
  • Experience configuring and maintaining Firewall/VPN configuration.
  • Experience developing scripts to automating various auditing tasks.
  • Experience developing and maintaining Data Loss Prevention strategies utilizing Endpoint Security solutions.
  • Experience maintaining configuration management of system assets.
  • Coordinate procurements, installations, upgrades, and other services as needed.
  • Prior experience working in a collaborative team environment desired.
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a government (DoD) security clearance is required.


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
Massachusetts, US