Digital Prospectors Systems Administrator in Lexington, Massachusetts

Systems Administrator

Lexington, MA

Job Type: Contract

Recruiter: Michaella Walsh at

Phone: 617.322.0821

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Job Title: Systems Administrator

Location : Lexington, MA

Duration: 36 Months and 40 hours per week

Applicants must possess an active Security Clearance without incident for access to classified information.


Our client’s Advanced Lasercom Systems and Operations Group develops, builds, and operates prototype space and airborne Lasercom terminals. The technology developed and the lessons learned from these activities are transferred to operational programs through participation in standards groups and through the operation of a gold-standard test infrastructure. Major efforts include demonstration of a low-cost, high-performance airborne Lasercom terminal, design of Lasercom interoperability standards, development of a test capability to validate interoperability among various contractor-produced terminals, and investigation into techniques to enable multiple simultaneous Lasercom links through a single aperture. This group has close interactions with government and industrial partners.

Position Scope/Job Functions

The system administrator will ensure that all the Group’s computers, including desktops, laptops, tablets, iPhones, Black Berries, and laboratory machines, comply with internal evolving information security and inventory requirements, in a timely manner. The machines to be administered run heterogeneous operating systems, including Windows, OS X, and Linux, Red Hat Enterprise 5-7, Ubuntu, Gentoo, Arch Linux, Fedora, Debian, Raspbian, with some running virtual machines. In addition, the IT system administrator may be asked to set up and maintain local private networks used for file sharing such as NFS, AutoFS, CIFS, SFTP and to administration role, the IT system administrator will assist group personnel in complying with information security directive; with the selection, purchases, setup, integration, testing, and maintenance of computer systems, peripherals, and network connections; diagnosing and repairing problems with computer systems, peripherals, network connections, and conference room audiovisual systems; applying patches and updating software and system administrators to coordinate procurements, installations, upgrades and other services. In the network administrator role, the IT system administrator will procure commercial networking gear and server hardware, and interconnect these items into a local private network. The IT system administrator will then provide upkeep and re-configuration services as project needs evolve. Implementing and administering the local network such that it is compliant with Sponsor information assurance security requirements may also be required.

Skills: Required

The ideal candidate should be comfortable with system administration of Microsoft, Apple, Linux operating systems and virtual machines; configuring computer systems for use in controlling laboratory instruments and displaying laboratory data; and troubleshooting driver compatibility issues and other laboratory environment issues. In addition, the candidate is required to be familiar with networking hardware, administering Unix or Linux local-area networks and able to perform appropriate duties as the delegated Information Systems Security Officer for classified computing areas. The candidate should have strong interpersonal skills; be willing and able to patiently train/ advise users; act independently with self-motivation; understand paging and swapping, inter-process communications, device drivers, file systems; be able to configure file sharing, query DNS records, understand basic routing concepts; be able to write scripts in some administrative language (e.g. Perl, Python, VBScript, Windows PowerShell).

Skills: Preferred

Desirable skills include familiarity with LabVIEW and ITOS.

Education/Professional Certifications

Three or more years of system administration experience is required. A degree in an information technology related field is preferred, although additional relevant experience can compensate for the lack of a degree.

POST-OFFER BACKGROUND CHECK IS REQUIRED. An essential function of this job is physical attendance. Digital Prospectors is an Equal Opportunity Employer which includes providing equal employment opportunity for all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Our client, one of the most prestigious Research and Development Labs in the country, is working on solutions to our nation's most complex defense and commercial related challenges. We have placed hundreds of talented engineers with this client over the years - If you are qualified - we can get you in!!!

The mission is critical and the work is as cutting-edge as it is rewarding. The teams are superbly managed groups of world class engineers from all types of interesting and diverse backgrounds - AND THEY ARE HIRING!

Make this your next career move as one of our many long-term contractors or employees!

Work as our full-time employee with full benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD, PTO, Retirement, etc.) - OR - work as a W2 hourly contractor at a higher pay rate if you don't need the benefit package.


Founded in 1999, Digital Prospectors is an award-winning recruiting and consulting firm that specializes in placing contract, contract-to-hire and direct hire engineers into rewarding opportunities with our impressive and ever-growing client base. We believe that all people should love their jobs.

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