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Linux Systems Administrator

Job ID: req1246
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Facility: Frederick: Ft Detrick
Location: PO Box B, Frederick, MD 21702 USA

The Frederick National Laboratory is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and operated by Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.  The lab addresses some of the most urgent and intractable problems in the biomedical sciences in cancer and AIDS, drug development and first-in-human clinical trials, applications of nanotechnology in medicine, and rapid response to emerging threats of infectious diseases.

Our core values of accountability, compassion, collaboration, dedication, integrity, and versatility serve as a guidepost for how we do our work every day in serving the public’s interest.  

 Position Overview:


The mission of Enterprise Information Technology (EIT) is to develop an enterprise-level, consolidated information technology infrastructure that provides exceptional IT capabilities to the Frederick National Labs for Cancer Research (NCI-Frederick/FNLCR) in support of basic, translational, and clinical cancer and AIDS research.  The IT Operations Group (ITOG) is a part of Enterprise Information Technology (EIT) within Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.  ITOG is responsible for computational servers, storage servers, virtual machine infrastructure, and the FNLCR network. ITOG focuses on implementing enterprise IT best practices in the areas of computational services, storage, backup, and archiving; batch and application support; server consolidation and virtualization; network infrastructure; unification of voice, teleconferencing, and video communication technologies; and improved infrastructure for collocation of dedicated servers.


The Information Technology Operations Group, part of Enterprise Information Technology, is responsible for information technology infrastructure, including high performance computing, enterprise storage and advanced telecommunications at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. This position will provide technical support and solutions to the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research centered on Linux based technologies in a VMware environment. The following tasks will need to be performed: 

  • Provide Linux system management and administration functions, including requirements analysis, systems configuration and performance monitoring
  • Responsible for ensuring the availability, reliability, and security of Linux operating systems in a VMware environment as well as physical environment
  • Install and maintain hardware, software, and applications
  • Work with users to evaluate, troubleshoot and remedy needs and problems
  • Implement proof of concept models for new technologies prior to release into the production environment
  • Monitor system performance and adjust as required
  • Manage system monitoring servers and application (SolarWinds) and install/configure monitoring agents as necessary
  • Participate in the integration of hardware and software, including vendors for support
  • Adhere to configuration management principles across development, stage, and production environments
  • Migrate and upgrade Linux systems nearing end of support


  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education). Foreign degrees must be evaluated for US equivalency
  • In addition to the education requirements, a minimum of five (5) years of experience installing and maintaining CentOS and/or Ubuntu Linux
  • Experience in monitoring system performance and availability
  • Experience administering Apache web and Tomcat servers
  • Experience in installing and maintaining hardware, software, and applications
  • Experienced in shell, perl, or python scripting
  • Excellent problem management and troubleshooting skills and abilities to diagnose and resolve system related problems
  • Understanding of IT systems best practices such as ITIL and the implementation of these practices, including the documentation and testing of systems
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance


  • Experience with SolarWinds strongly considered
  • Experience with configuration management systems such as Ansible, puppet or Foreman
  • Medium level understanding of TCP/IP based networking
  • MySQL, mariadb, MS SQL, or Oracle experience is a plus
  • Medium level understanding of system and application security
  • Moderate skills with Microsoft Office products


  • Build new VMs using vSphere client
  • Deploy new VMs from templates using vSphere
  • Install and configure web services such as apache, Django, or tomcat
  • Monitor system performance and adjust hardware and/or software to mitigate problems
  • Create, review, and update Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Service Level Agreements (SLA)
  • Update patches of Linux operating systems
  • Migrate and upgrade Linux systems nearing end of life 

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) | Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V) | Drug Free Workplace (DFW)