System Administrator II-IV (4715)

Information Technology Socorro, New Mexico Albuquerque, New Mexico


Position Description:


Position Summary

How would you like to work in an organization where pushing the boundaries of humankind’s knowledge of the universe is out of this world? What about supporting world-class instruments, including the Very Large Array (VLA) in New Mexico, the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), and with European and Asian partners, the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile? Then we want you! We are seeking an experienced, capable systems administrator to become part of a small, but dynamic team which supports operations at the Domenici Science Operations Center (DSOC), Very Large Array (VLA), and Very Large Baseline Array (VLBA), in New Mexico and at various VLBA sites across the Western hemisphere.


The position will be based in either Socorro, NM or Albuquerque, NM. The NRAO Science Operations Center is located in Socorro, NM, on the campus of New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology ( Socorro is a small, historical city in the Rio Grande Valley, 75 miles south of Albuquerque. With over 300 days of sunshine each year, Socorro offers ample access to outdoor recreation.


The Systems Administrator will, under general supervision from the NM Info Services lead, provide computing support for both telescopes and staff for Windows and UNIX/Linux computing systems. Assists with hardware and software installation, data storage, network, and general staff computer systems. Contributes to the NRAO Common Computing Environment to ensure good alignment and communications between the Observatory sites. Work requires knowledge of both Windows Server and UNIX/Linux operating systems. Additional experience with cybersecurity and high-speed data networks is of value.


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.

Work Environment

Work is typically performed in a research environment supporting systems for external observers. While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently sits at a desk, uses a personal computer, telephone, and other standard office equipment; the ability to climb stairs is required. The employee is required to bend, reach, and must have finger dexterity. The employee is required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus. May occasionally work at high altitudes. Must be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.


Position Requirements:


Minimum Education

A bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field.




An Equivalent combination of education and related experience.


Minimum Experience

Two years of experience in related field.


Preferred Experience

Three years of progressive responsibility in systems administration or an equivalent combination of education and experience.



Competency Summary

Must have strong communication, project management, and technical skills. Able to resolve difficult problems and define/install software patches as necessary; able to assist in the design and implementation of local and wide-area networks; able to assist in the specification and deployment of new technology software, and systems upgrades; able to be point of escalation for multiple service technologies. Applied knowledge of Windows and UNIX/Linux desktop and server operating systems in both bare-metal and virtualized Unix/Linux production environments is required.

Familiarity and comfort with a heterogeneous environment consisting of Red Hat Linux, Mac and Windows OS on the desktop and in the server room.

Additional Requirements

The Observatory requires staff to be fully vaccinated against covid-19 to access our facilities.  An offer of employment will be considered contingent until the selected applicant provides proof of vaccination.  A selected applicant may request consideration for an accommodation for a disability or for a sincerely held religious belief.



Application Instructions:


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Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:


AUI is an equal opportunity employer.  Women, Minorities, Vietnam-Era Veterans, Disabled Veterans, Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.  To view our complete statement, please visit  If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, you may submit your request by sending an email to [email protected].




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