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Sr. Network Engineer


McLean, VA
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Why choose between doing meaningful work and having a fulfilling life? At MITRE, you can have both. That's because MITRE people are committed to tackling our nation's toughest challengesand we're committed to the long-term well-being of our employees. MITRE is different from most technology companies. We are a not-for-profit corporation chartered to work for the public interest, with no commercial conflicts to influence what we do. The R&D centers we operate for the government create lasting impact in fields as diverse as cybersecurity, healthcare, aviation, defense, and enterprise transformation. We're making a difference every dayworking for a safer, healthier, and more secure nation and world. Our workplace reflects our values. We offer competitive benefits, exceptional professional development opportunities, and a culture of innovation that embraces diversity, inclusion, flexibility, collaboration, and career growth. If this sounds like the choice you want to make, then choose MITREand make a difference with us.


MITREs infrastructure sustainment team is looking for a Network Engineer. This is an opportunity to support an operational network is actively engaged in developing and deploying new services in a secure manner.


  • Conduct hands-on lab analysis to solve technical issues, consider potential integration opportunities, and understand performance/scalability issues.

  • Work closely with industry to understand best practices and maintain a pulse of innovations in the networking and network security area.

  • Perform hands-on assessments of capabilities in the networking and network security market to determine how these capabilities may work with existing sponsor infrastructure.

  • Develop written products and technical reports that highlight findings and recommendations.

  • Develop prototypes that demonstrate novel solutions to sponsor problems.

  • Provide network engineering support to a variety of sponsor and research based projects including design, development, integration, and implementation activities in support of network systems.

  • Solve complex networking problems in areas spanning enterprise IT networks, data center infrastructure, critical infrastructure, network operations, and more.


Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering or similar field. Candidate should possess the ability to be responsible for deliverables or parts of deliverables to MITRE customers.


  • Bachelors Degree in one of the following disciplines, Electrical, Computer or Systems Engineering. The candidate will possess demonstrated ability to provide deliverables or parts of deliverables to customers.
Required Skills:

  • A passion to learn and work on challenging problems

  • Strong interest in networks and related technologies

  • Familiarity with network design and common routing/switching protocols

  • Understanding of networks and fundamental layer 3 and 4 protocols (e.g. IP, TCP, UDP, etc.)

  • Experience in programming methods/languages such as Shell Scripting, Perl, Python, Ruby, C/C++, Java

  • Understanding of network protocols such as Domain Name Service (DNS), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), IP Routing (OSPF, EIGRP, BGP)

  • Knowledge of common security capabilities such as firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, and full packet capture

  • Exposure to IoT, industrial control system, and embedded networking protocols is a plus

  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills

  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective technical and support documentation for use by engineering and sustainment staff to include design & test plans, implementation plans, and automation plans using standard templates (where existing) or proposing & creating new templates where needed.

  • Ability to review operational metrics and make analytic decisions/recommendations about operational infrastructure performance

  • Ability to engage in analytical troubleshooting and performance analysis work under operational deadlines

  • Ability to participate in on-call rotations and occasional off-hours work to support emergencies and projects

  • Deploy all hardware/software configurations following established standards in an automatable and auditable method.