Linux System Administrator

Full Time

  • Work from home

Job Description

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Maxar is currently seeking a Linux System Administrator to join our team. This role can be performed in our Maxar facility located in Herndon, Virginia.

As a Maxar team member, you will have the opportunity to closely support our mission partners, and your work will have a direct impact on mission imperatives. In this role, you'll work closely with other software developers as well our infrastructure and cybersecurity teams leveraging open-source tools to create and maintain a diverse range of applications.

About Us:
  • We are a multi-faceted software development and systems administration team working to build and maintain software applications backed by a self-managed cloud infrastructure with a true big-data footprint (over 10 petabytes)
  • Our diverse background of experience in mission support and software development serves as a catalyst to solve unique and challenging intelligence problems in support of special operations analysts and their on-going activities.
  • Prototyping and frequent, iterative feedback are core to our delivery approach, anchored by a need to work quickly in support of our missions .

What You'll Be Doing:

Infrastructure team members focus on several things on any given day. The main objective is monitoring and acting on any outages on the platform to include hardware and software. Engineers also engage with the tenants and users of the Openstack Cloud Platform via chat services, assisting with any requests they may have. When not monitoring the system or engaging with users, a few things you might be working on could be upgrading/deploying applications, R&D on exposing new technology/services within Openstack or reviewing and updating existing documentation for better readability. Lastly, you may also be included in future hardware planning as we're continuing to grow our footprint and our mission partners have no shortage of unique and challenging problems to solve.

Your Career: We're very serious about professional development and continuing education. We offer everyone the opportunity to define their own career trajectory. Supporting our people in the pursuit of becoming true experts in their craft enables not only individual growth but also the collective team to have a high degree of mission impact. We strive to create an environment where team members can do their best work. We provide resources to support learning, set aside time for dedicated professional development and offer benefits that enrich our team members' lives.

We offer:
  • Conference attendance.
  • Corporate partner, industry training.
  • Peer groups.
  • Paid certifications.
  • Education reimbursement.
  • and much more...

Minimum Requirements:
  • Current Top Secret security clearance w/ SCI Eligibility and willingness and ability to get a CI poly
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Software Engineering or a related field (4 additional years of experience may be substituted for a Bachelor's degree. A Master's degree may count as an additional 2 years of experience.).
  • 5+ years demonstrated experience with administration of Linux based environments
  • Working knowledge of automation scripts: Ansible, Salt, CloudFormation, Terraform
  • At least understands the concepts of Python
  • Ability to support wide range of tasks (upgrade software, patching, monitoring systems, R&D)
  • Willing to work on-site in Herndon, VA

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Full-stack development experience in Python
  • Experience with Data driven tools like Hadoop, HDFS, accumulo, ElasticSearch
  • Experience with provision and configuration management tools such as Ansible, Terraform, or similar
  • Experience with Docker, GitLab, AWS, some exposure to Security (Cyber and RMF/ATO)
  • Any experience working with GPUs and/or virtualizing their resources
  • Strong verbal, written, and organizational skills
  • Adjust quickly to ad-hoc requests
  • Ability to collaborate, work in a mix environment of team and solo


Our salary ranges are market-driven and set to allow for flexibility. Individual pay will be competitive based on a candidate's unique set of knowledge, skills, and geographic diversity, with earnings potential commensurate with experience. The range for this position is:
$107,000.00 - $179,000.00 annually.

Maxar employees must follow all applicable Maxar policies and COVID-19 requirements as well as those of Maxar customers and third parties. Individual job requirements may vary, and Maxar reserves the right to modify its policies and requirements as it deems appropriate in accordance with applicable law.

Maxar Technologies values diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.