Digital Prospectors Senior Linux/UNIX System Engineer - Active Clearance Required in Lexington, Massachusetts

Senior Linux/UNIX System Engineer - Active Clearance Required

Lexington, MA

Job Type: Contract

Recruiter: Steve Merriman at

Phone: 603.637.4084

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Job Title: Senior Linux/UNIX System Engineer

Location : Lexington, MA

Duration: 36 months and 40 hours per week

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.

Applicants must possess an active (TOP) Security Clearance for access to classified information.

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.


Our client’s Advanced Satcom Systems & Operations Group is involved in a synergistic combination of research, proof-of-concept test beds, and system engineering/application efforts focused on the goals of enhancing the capacity, the robustness to interference, and the flexibility of future generations of satellite and line-of-sight radio communications systems. The Group needs an Engineer for building and maintaining multiple Linux/Unix based and Windows based computational support systems utilized by the Group.

Position Scope/Job Functions

  • Work closely with technical project lead engineers to identify computational hardware and software needs to meet project objectives across multiple projects.

  • Research and implement technical options to meet project needs (both near term development and pre-planning for longer term maintenance requirements)

  • Set up and maintain hardware platforms (including the use of virtual machines to multiply the number of independent users while minimizing hardware maintenance footprint)

  • Set up and maintain user tools identified for individual project needs?

  • Assist in the negotiation of security compliance requirements balancing security goals against technical project requirements

  • Identify and maintain storage and backup for computational systems

  • Domains: Software/application design, development, and support; coder; web interface; graphic design; system configuration management; system troubleshooting.

  • Evaluate and propose use of open source and commercial software, frameworks, and tools where applicable.

  • Take lead role in coordinating a team of subcontract engineers in the build-out and maintenance of computational systems for the Group?s projects

  • This position requires a TOP SECRET clearance and will not be filled with only an expectation that one may be obtained

Skills: Required

  • Experience with VMware ESXi 5.x and VSphere for management of the


  • Experience configuring and maintaining RedHat Enterprise Linux 6.x

  • Experience configuring and maintaining MS-Windows Server 2008R2(DNS,DHCP,

NTP, etc)

  • Experience with system administration automation tools such as RHEL

Satellite, Nagios, Puppet

  • Experience with storage subsystems and disk arrays, in particular NetApp

and Equallogics

  • Experience with enterprise backup systems, software and tape library?s

  • Experience with fundamentals of networking and distributed computing

environments, especially with TCP/IP protocols and debugging

  • Experience configuring network routing/VLANs and troubleshooting

  • Experience configuring network filesystems and protocols (e.g., NFS,SMB,


  • Experience configuring and maintaining LDAP in a Linux environment

  • Knowledge of a script language (e.g., Bash, Perl, Python)

  • Demonstrated ability to help engineers refine requirements and to suggest

appropriate solutions to problems

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Skills: Preferred

  • Hands-on experience with specific products or technologies listed above

  • Programming and debugging ability in full-featured languages in addition to scripting


  • Experience with client operating systems such as MS-Windows 7 and Mac OS-X

Lion, as many users will be using these OSes to interact with the server


Education/Professional Certifications:

Eight or more years of experience primarily in a Linux/UNIX-based Environment with secondary experience in Windows-based environments; ISC2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), MS Degree in computer science or related field.


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.

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