The University of Texas at Austin Job Posting

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Senior Systems Administrator - Senior Tactical Systems and Security Administrator

Hiring department Applied Research Lab
Monthly salary $5,500 - $7,500+ depending on qualifications
Hours per week 40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM
Posting number 17-10-20-01-9317
Job Status Deleted
FLSA status Exempt
Earliest Start Date Immediately
Position Duration Funding expected to continue
Position open to all applicants
Location Austin - J. J. Pickle Research Campus (North Austin)
Number of vacancies 1
General Notes

An agency designated by the federal government handles the investigation as to the requirement for eligibility for access to classified information. Factors considered during this investigation include but are not limited to allegiance to the U.S., foreign influence, foreign preference, criminal conduct, security violations, drug involvement, the likelihood of continuation of such conduct, etc.

Required Application Materials

  • A Resume is required in order to apply
  • A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.
  • A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.

Note: The following additional materials are also required for consideration: References must be former employers. Instructions for submission of these materials will be provided at the time the online application has been completed.

Additional Information


Provide advanced system and security administration support for the Environmental Sciences Laboratory (ESL) at the Applied Research Laboratories: The University of Texas at Austin (ARL:UT) with a focus on sponsored tactical projects and security hardened systems deployed locally and at remote facilities.

Essential Functions

Plan, build, harden, deploy, maintain, document, and support Red Hat Linux operating systems (RHEL 5,6,7) on servers, workstations, and virtual machines using both manual and automated system configuration management tools (e.g. Puppet). Plan, prepare, deploy, maintain, document, and support security administrative tasks including areas such as DON (Department of the Navy) Application and Database Management System (DADMS), Authority-to-Operate (ATO), Risk Management Framework (RMF), Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs), routine vulnerability assessments using the Assured Compliance Assessment Solution (ACAS), remediation of vulnerabilities, data encryption, and emerging cyber security threats. Advanced design, architect, document, and plan holistic computing (servers, workstations, clusters), network (fiber, Ethernet), and storage solutions (SAN, NAS, RAID) that support scientific research and engineering with a focus on automated/semi-automated tactical data collection, processing, and analytical visualization within a security hardened environment. Provide sponsor facility on-site system deployment support and/or ESL reach-back deployment support. Provide frequent ESL and sponsor telephone troubleshooting support during business hours and occasionally during non-business hours or weekends. Plan, build, harden, deploy, maintain, document, and support Windows operating systems (Win7, Win10) on servers, workstations, and virtual machines using system configuration management tools (e.g. Puppet). Occasional support of Mac OSX operating systems on workstations. Administrative tasks including oversight of physical system inventories, custodianship of classified holdings, classified mail handling, and system and security related documentation. Occasional contributions and support of software engineering team processes and discussions.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications

Bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology, security administration, or related field. Must hold a DoD 8570.01 approved certification to satisfy an IAT Level II position or must be willing to obtain certification(s) within 120 days from hire date. Proficiency and experience using RedHat Linux and Windows in a heterogeneous environment. Knowledge of system configuration management technologies. Knowledge of networking concepts. Knowledge of SAN (storage area network) technologies. Knowledge of system security controls. Ability to assess security posture by identifying and mitigating new and existing vulnerabilities. U.S. Citizen. Applicant selected will be subject to government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information at the level appropriate to the project requirements of the position. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree in computer science, information technology, security administration, or related field. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Three or more years of system, network, and security administration experience. Knowledge of security risk management frameworks (RMF) and/or DISA IA controls. Technical certifications with emphasis on security from CompTIA, Red Hat, Microsoft, and Cisco. Knowledge of Linux shell commands and scripting languages such as Perl, Python, and Visual Basic. Experience using configuration management technologies such as Puppet, Satellite, and Cobbler. Experience with vulnerability scanners such as OpenSCAP and Nessus. Knowledge of data encryption. Experience in high-performance clustering. Experience in deploying and supporting DoD secured networks. Knowledge of Lustre file systems. Eligibility for immediate access to classified information.

Working conditions

May work around standard office conditions May work around electrical and mechanical hazards Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity Some weekend, evening and holiday work. Frequent use of manuals and books. May work in shared, windowless office space. Possible intrastate/interstate travel.

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