Systems Administrator II (4399)

Information Technology Charlottesville, Virginia


Position Description:

Position Summary

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is seeking a full-time Systems Administrator to join our Information Services team.


Observatory-wide computing is managed by the Information Services division, which oversees operational computing ideas that support the multiple NRAO sites. This includes planning, policy, standards (for software, hardware, and system administration), computer security, allocation of budget, hardware and software support, Web services, telecommunications, computer staff training, inner-site computing travel, procurements, and maintenance contracts.


The Systems Administrator will participate in management of Red Hat Linux hardware and software systems associated with the North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC), including, but not limited to, servers, desktops, and laptops.


The position will be based at our headquarters in Charlottesville, VA on the grounds of the University of Virginia ( In addition to competitive pay, NRAO provides excellent paid time off benefits (vacation and sick leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective first day of employment. NRAO’s retirement benefit contributes an amount equal to 10 percent of a qualified participant’s base pay. No contribution is required of the employee; we also offer an optional supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions.


Job Duties Summary

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Helpdesk triage and ticket resolution or escalation as needed,
  • Assisting with hardware and software installation of Linux systems,
  • Assisting with organizing and writing documentation, both user and admin facing.


Work Environment

This position will normally work in a standard business office environment, occasionally working in an air-conditioned computer room where hearing protection is advised.


Physical Activities

  • Must be able to lift and move computer equipment weighing up to 42 pounds, and with assistance, lift and move datacenter storage equipment weighing in excess of 40 pounds.
  • Must be able to kneel, squat, bend, or crawl in and around office environments to attach or troubleshoot computer and network cabling.


Position Requirements:

Minimum Education

Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or relevant field, or equivalent combination of related experience.


Minimum Experience

Two years direct experience with Linux systems; troubleshooting and resolving user problems.


Competency Summary

The successful candidate will possess good communication skills, ability to work directly with scientific and software engineering staff, and will be comfortable working with normal server and desktop hardware internals.


Application Instructions:

Select the "Apply" button below. Applicants should be prepared to upload a Resume and Cover Letter. The application deadline is January 1, 2019.




The NRAO is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V)

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.