NASA LINUX/ Red Hat System Administrator

  • SAIC, Inc
  • Greenbelt, MD, USA
  • Jun 11, 2021

Job Description


SAIC is seeking a mid-level LINUX Red Hat Systems Administrator to join our team in Greenbelt, MD to support our Space Exploration Network Services and Evolution (SENSE) contract based out of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. 

As a contractor on the SENSE contract, SAIC supports the operation, maintenance, sustainment and systems engineering of NASA’s worldwide satellite communication networks. You will work in a dynamic, team-based development environment for the NASA Near Earth Network.



  • Assist in the design, development, and creation of real-time and high performance LINUX systems integral to the first-ever optical communication link with a manned spacecraft
  • Assist with design, implementation, and maintenance of Red Hat and CentOS systems in the project's I&T lab
  • Assist IT Security Team with mitigating vulnerabilities of these systems to demonstrate NIST 800-53 compliance
  • Collaborate with technical engineering teams to identify, resolve, and mitigate system anomalies
  • Develop technical products and reports visible to various groups and levels of leadership
  • Support regular audits and assessments, and demonstrate system compliance and risk mitigation to assessors



Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology or other related technical discipline and 2+ years of related technical experience in Information Security and/or IT infrastructure.

  • 2+ years of experience in CentOS and/or RHEL
  • 2+ years of fundamental security and network concepts (intrusion detection, TCP/IP, SSL, ports, switching, routing, etc.)
  • 2+ years of scripting and automation experience
  • Position requires ability to obtain a government security clearance, which requires a US citizen

Desired Qualifications:

  • A Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) or Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) certification
  • Experience with embedded systems
  • Familiarity with building or maintaining satellite ground systems
  • 2+ years of Python experience (professional use for automation strongly preferred)
  • One or more of the following Red Hat certifications:
    • Red Hat Certified Specialist in Deployment and Systems Management
    • Red Hat Certified Specialist in Performance Tuning
    • Red Hat Certified Specialist in Security: Linux
    • Red Hat Certified Specialist in Advanced Automation: Ansible Best Practices
  • Ability to work well individually and in a team environment
  • Strong communication skills