Linux Systems Engineer - Active Clearance Required

Lexington, MA

Job Type: Contract | Recruiter: Steve Merriman | Phone: 603.637.4084

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Job Title: Linux Systems Engineer

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 and be eligible for a Top Secret Clearance

This position requires that applicants be fully vaccinated for Covid 19 or have a valid religious or medical exemption.

POST-OFFER BACKGROUND CHECK IS REQUIRED. Digital Prospectors is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.


The Information Services Department (ISD) supports Linux infrastructure across the Laboratory’s unclassified network and two classified networks. A key focus in ISD’s Linux strategy is ensuring, wherever possible, that we are consistent in our implementation and support of Linux across all of these environments. The Linux Systems Engineer will be critical to that objective. They will collaborate with their counterparts in ISD and in the research divisions to develop a strategy for ISD’s Linux environment that will support and add value to the work done at the Laboratory. More tactically, they will ensure we are implementing the best tools and developing the necessary processes to maintain and improve ISD’s Linux environment.

The Linux Systems Engineer will demonstrate strong hands-on knowledge of Linux operating systems including both workstation and server varieties while supporting the Laboratory’s enterprise classified computing infrastructure. The ideal candidate will have a solid background with managing Linux system configurations to include the underlying operating system (OS) and support services, system lifecycle and applying STIGs (full and benchmark). The successful candidate will understand how to use DISA’s SCC Tool and STIG Viewer and how to evaluate systems for continued STIG compliance. Examples of systems and support services that the candidate will be proficient with include but are not limited to file sharing (cross platform e.g., NFS, CIFS), Satellite, Ansible, disk encryption (as it relates to STIG compliance), configuration management and authentication via Active Directory. The successful candidate will show demonstrated hands-on experience with automation and scripting to support integrated architectures and demonstrated experience utilizing Ansible and Satellite to maintain the security and compliance of Linux systems. The ideal candidate will participate and/or take the lead on projects that mature and enhance the Laboratory’s Linux and DevOps environments.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

•Serve as the Linux subject matter expert in collateral processing for the CES team

•Develop, implement and support strategies to automate patching and maintain compliance within the Linux environment

•Partner, across functional areas to develop, implement and support a strategy for DevSecOps.

•Assist with developing and maintaining STIG compliant Linux desktop and server images.

•Deploy new Linux Desktops and Servers as needed.

•Participate in projects as needed where Linux administration is required.

•Provide 1st tier technical support as needed in support of the Laboratory community. This would include taking shifts in the classified hubs to provide assistance with password resets and other end user issues as well as working tickets and assisting users as needed.

Must Have:

•Bachelor’s of Computer Science or relevant technical field of study

•Experience supporting RHEL 7/8 workstation and server

•Experience utilizing Ansible to support Linux systems

•Experience supporting software deployment on Linux

•Experience utilizing Satellite to support Linux systems

•Demonstrated hands-on experience with automation and scripting to support Linux based and integrated architectures

•Strong overall network skills (e.g. routing, switching and TCP/IP protocol)

•Ability to work independently toward delivery of goals as well as collaborate in team efforts

•Excellent customer service skills

•Excellent presentation, verbal and written communication skills

•Demonstrate the ability to learn new technologies and disciplines quickly

•Security+ certification or the ability to obtain within 6 months of employment (I would make this nice to have)

Nice to Have:

•Top secret clearance

•Experience supporting NetApp storage systems


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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