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Network Administrator

Job ID 18026
The Space Dynamics Laboratory is seeking an experienced network administrator to assist in designing, implementing, securing, and maintaining corporate networks. This position will require in-depth knowledge with configuring and securing multi-layer switches and firewalls, in addition to managing VPNs. The selected candidate must be able to respond, identify, and remediate any issues related to network availability or performance.

SDL supports a variety of missions, including NASA's vision to reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind and the Department of Defense's aim to protect our Nation on the ground, in the air, and in space. Our sensors, satellites, software systems, and science and engineering play an essential role in some important missions you've heard of, and others that you haven't. Join our team in our seventh decade of delivering mission success. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist in designing, configuring, and maintaining switches, routers, firewalls, and VPNs
  • Monitor assigned network devices and systems to ensure high availability, optimum performance, and security
  • Recognize, troubleshoot, and solve connectivity problems
  • Implement and adhering to controls within compliance frameworks (i.e. NIST 800-171, NIST 800-53)
  • Assist system administrators and cyber team personnel with security and connectivity
  • Plan and assist with the day-to-day operational maintenance, support, and security upgrades
  • Follow established IT policies and procedures to audit switches, routers, and firewall to ensure compliance
  • Follow industry and company best practices

Required Qualifications:

  • 8 years of experience with a working knowledge of multi-layer switches, routers, firewalls, network protocols, and encryption
  • Understanding and ability to implement security best practices
  • Experience in planning and implementing physical layer infrastructure
  • Willing to periodically perform system maintenance outside of core hours
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong work ethic, ability to focus on results, and demonstrated reliability in following through on commitments and assignments
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Must have or be able to obtain a DoD security clearance
  • Must be a US citizen

Preferred Qualifications:

  • BS Degree in a related field
  • Working knowledge Cisco, Juniper, and other multi-layered switches.
  • Industry certifications (CCNA/CCNP/CCIE, PCNSA, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of scripting (PowerShell, Python, etc.)
  • Understanding of Windows and Linux operating systems
  • Working well under pressure (i.e. a critical system is down)
  • Demonstrate professionalism and courtesy in all interactions
  • Active Security Clearance

SDL Benefits:
At SDL, we take pride in and highly value our employees. SDL offers competitive salaries and a fantastic benefits package, including:

  • Flexible work schedules
  • Generous annual, sick, and holiday paid leave
  • A variety of inexpensive-premium, high-quality health, dental, vision, and life insurance options
  • Generous employer retirement contribution (Up to 14.2% of annual gross earnings)
  • Discounted USU tuition of 50% for employees and dependents
  • Access to USU facilities and USU staff privileges


For questions or assistance with the application process or the DoD SkillBridge program, please contact



EOE including Disability and Vet