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Systems Administrator

Systems Administrator

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Systems Administrator

Clearance: None

At Aquila Technology, you will see our team’s passion every day, whether we are building a robust, policy-compliant IT system or stress-testing a system to identify gaps and security vulnerabilities. To own the advantage, we ensure our team owns results and gets the work done right the first time by deploying smart, purposeful solutions that work. Aquila is the right people with the right skills driving the right outcomes. We call this the Aquila Advantage.

About the Role:

Aquila is seeking a Systems Administrator to join our team in supporting one of the country’s premier defense research organizations.

There are a few requirements for the position:

  • Must be a U.S Citizen (Green Cards / Visas do not qualify)
  • Willingness to undergo a comprehensive background investigation and maintain a personal security clearance. (Aquila would sponsor you for the security clearance.)
  • Must be within commutable distance of Lexington, Massachusetts.

What You’ll Do:

A System Administrator is needed to support the development of new technologies that enable worldwide networked operations for the military and other government agencies. The division addresses the needs of next-generation satellite, airborne, and terrestrial networks using its core expertise in radio frequency (RF), fiber and free-space optics, cyber security, network protocols and services, information operations, communications processing, and speech and language technologies. The division is extensively involved in field experimentation and measurement campaigns to verify algorithms and architectural concepts in operational environments.


  • Domains: IT Infrastructure, Networking, system architecture design, system configuration management, system troubleshooting
  • Responsible for management, administration, and support of all IT systems’ infrastructure in the group.
  • Responsible for configuring and maintaining (physical and virtual) servers and researcher workstations in a secure RMF RMF-compliant and documented manner.
  • Support additional technologies as they are adopted by the Laboratory.
  • Responsible for vulnerability remediation on secure and unclassified Laboratory systems. Addressing Cat 1, 2, and 3 issues in a timely manner
  • Recognizing and troubleshooting issues with developer’s machines as they occur across a variety of Operating Systems. Windows, Linux, Solaris, etc.
  • Perform all related duties as assigned.

What You’ll Bring:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 3 years of Networking Applications and Protocols: TCP/IP, DNS, NTP, DHCP, SSH, FTP, and HTTP/S.
  • 3 years of Powershell and Ansible (or other programming languages)
  • 5 years of Configuring and Managing Centralized Logging and Audit Capabilities
  • 5 years of Enterprise Backup Solutions
  • 5 years of Hardware: Intel/AMD, Cisco, Sun/Oracle, Dell, Apple, EMC, NetApp
  • 5 years of Redhat Linux Systems Administration
  • 3 years of Solaris 10/11 Administration
  • 5 years of Strong Backup Experience and Proven Ability to Protect Mission Critical Data
  • 3 years of Virtualization Technologies (VMware, including ESXi and VCenter configuration)

Working Knowledge of the Following:

  • Operating Systems: Red hat Enterprise Linux, Solaris and VMware
  • Hardware: Dell
  • Software/applications: RedHat IDM, McAfee; Enterprise Central Logging, LDAP, Splunk, NetApp, VMware vCenter/ESXI/vSAN, Github, ACAS 
  • Networking applications and protocols: TCP/IP, DNS/DHCP, NTP, SSH
  • Programming Languages: Ansible, Shell Scripting, PowerShell.
  • Skilled at centralized authentication (SSSD, IDM, Active Directory) and centralized sudo administration via ID
  • Candidates must be, team-oriented, enthusiastic, innovative, and motivated self-starters able to work independently, or with a group, to achieve program requirements.
  • Candidates must possess strong oral and written communication skills and must be able to present findings/results to internal and external organizations.
  • Adhere to Laboratory policies and procedures
  • Ability to work with researchers to troubleshoot diverse and custom-written applications in a secure environment

And These Skills are a Bonus:


  • Linux real-time kernel support experience is a bonus
  • Juniper and/or Cisco experience is a plus
  • Python/PyPI experience is a plus
  • Docker and/or Podman is a plus

Applicable Education and Professional Accreditation:

  • Degree in one of the following disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, or a related technical discipline
  • Certification(s) in one or more of the following disciplines: Solaris administration, Red Hat, VMWare, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP); CompTIA Security+; Linux Professional Institute Certification
  • Any prior military experience is a plus. They will modify the years of experience or the required Bachelor’s Degree if someone has the majority of the technical skills and a military background.

Our interview process is designed to let you get to know us as much as for us to get to know you!

  1. You’ll meet with someone from our Recruiting team so we can learn more about you and answer some of your questions.
  2. You’ll meet with the Hiring Manager to learn more about the team, and the role, and get to tell us more about what you’d bring to the team
  3. You’ll meet team members who will be your peers to help you get a feel for a “real day in the life” at Self.

Benefits and Perks:

Aquila team members experience the opportunity to be part of a fast-paced, customer-focused, and technically innovative work environment. Aquila strives to deliver the best of the best in technical services to our customers. Candidates that possess a love for technical challenges, a desire to constantly learn, and the desire to establish themselves as critical players within a team will enjoy calling Aquila Technology home.

Our Perks Include:

  • PTO – 15 days (vacation/sick) 10 paid holidays – 6 standard (New Year’s, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas) – 4 floating holidays prorated based on your day of hire
  • 1.5 paid days, or 12 hours, for approved volunteer work
  • 1 week of paid maternity/paternity LOA after 1 year of Full-time employment
  • Tuition & Training Reimbursement – 5K annually for pre-approved, job-related tuition, certification, or professional conferences
  • 401K with Fidelity 100% immediate vesting; Plan eligibility begins 90 days following the date of hire. Aquila matches 50 cents on the dollar, up to 6%.
  • Cell Phone & Internet Reimbursed up to $150 monthly to cover cell phone, data, and home internet expenses.
  • By Your Own Device (BYOD) Allowance Reimbursed up to $1500 for the purchase of a qualified technology device. Eligible after 90 days of employment, and benefit renews every three years.

Location: Lexington, MA

Work Schedule: This role is 100% onsite and will be working in closed spaces. Must be within commutable distance of Lexington, Massachusetts.

Travel: None

Clearance: STRONG preference for candidates who have an active secret clearance, but an interim clearance is sufficient for start.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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