Information Sciences Institute (ISI), a unit of USCâs Viterbi School of Engineering, is a world leader in the research and development of advanced information processing, computing, and communications technologies. ISI is one of the nationâs largest, most successful university-affiliated computer research institutes. We operate one of the worldâs largest academic high-performance computing clusters. Our work ranges from theoretical basic research, such as core engineering and computer science discovery, to applied research and development, such as design and modeling of innovative prototypes and devices. ISI has three research campuses: one in Marina Del Rey, CA; one in Arlington, VA; and one in Waltham, MA.
This position is primary located in Arlington, VA, and will be required to travel to Waltham (Boston), MA, at least one week per quarter or for emergency.
A successful applicant for this position must be willing and able to successfully obtain and maintain a TS/SCI clearance. Candidates with existing TS/SCI clearance will be preferred. Per U.S. government regulations, only U.S. citizens are eligible for a security clearance.
ISI is seeking an experienced System Administrator to support core institute IT infrastructure and operations. This role will also serve as Information System Security Officer for classified projects. You will also have responsibility for the security configuration of several key systems. In that role, you will accredit, maintain, audit, and participate in assessments for secure systems and networks. You will have the opportunity to work with other highly-skilled technology experts on complex systems and interesting technical challenges.
This position requires a range of existing skills and prior experience for at least 5 yearsâ hand-on expertise, including specialization in the following categories:
Active Directory /Exchange / Windows Server
RHEL and/or Ubuntu Linux (or similar)
Security hardening and patching of information systems including network, servers, desktop/laptop and mobile devices
Intranet, Ethernet and Internet connectivity management and troubleshoot.
Deploy and maintain end user workstations - desktop, laptop, printer and peripherals
Manage, support, and upgrade (software and hardware) the ISI infrastructure, desktop operations and general facilities
Proactively identify and resolve system reliability and performance concerns including network devices and applications
Provide analytical and technical expertise on system integration, installation, replacement and upgrades of servers and operating systems
Provide support for corporate and classified network related connectivity for corporate network working in conjunction with network engineering team
Develop and maintain appropriate system documentation. Formulate standards for system management
As Information System Security Officer for classified projects, you will also have responsibility for the security configuration of several key systems.This includes:
Accredit, maintain, audit, and participate in assessments for secure systems and networks
Provide support on classified systems, servers and networks. Coordinating efforts with other members of the security team
Candidates with significant experience in several of the following categories will be preferred:
Experience with NIST 800-171, NIST 800-53, and/or the DSS Risk Management Framework
CISSP or similar security credential
Implementation of L2 networks, particularly with Cisco, HPE, Aruba, and/or Arista gear
Automation and Orchestration: e.g. Chef, Puppet, Ansible, Powershell, Vagrant, Ruby, and/or Python
Multiple virtualization platforms: e.g. VMWare vSphere, Hyper-V, KVM, and/or OpenStack
Deploying and supporting common open source software packages
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Strong candidates will be self-motivated and ready to engage in lively technical give-and-take.
The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 5 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise: Expert understanding and strong technical knowledge of and experience with systems administration, backups, operating systems programming languages and associated hardware platforms. Possesses the required knowledge to build, configure, load and restore a system from the ground up. Previous systems administration experience required.
USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering has been one of the economic engines in Southern California and a vital hub in the California economy. The technical innovations and ideas generated by the Viterbi faculty and research community have resulted in countless innovations, many becoming the foundations for new companies, products and services. The thousands of students graduating each year bring new ideas and vitality to companies in California and beyond. With an annual research budget exceeding $205M each year, more than 46 research centers and institutes, more than 180 faculty members, 7,800 students and over 60,000 impassioned alumni world-wide, the Viterbi School is addressing some of the world’s great challenges.