Systems Administrator- CIPHER

Atlanta, GA 30303

Job Description

The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in Atlanta, GA is seeking an experienced Information Technology professional who has interest in intellectually challenging and rewarding work. We value bright, intellectually curious, growth oriented professionals and provide a work environment that allows work / life balance and opportunity for growth. GTRI employs about 2200 employees working in 8 labs across 14 locations with a main campus in Atlanta, Ga.

This opportunity is with our Cyber Security, Information Protection, and Hardware Evaluation Research Lab (CIPHER)

Cyber Security, Information Protection, and Hardware Evaluation Research Lab (CIPHER). CIPHER conducts applied research focused on cyber threats and countermeasures, secure multi-level information sharing, resilient command and control network architectures, reverse engineering, vulnerability identification, and high-performance computing and analytics. CIPHER engineers develop and apply cutting edge technologies in computing, network architectures, signal and protocol analysis, network forensics, malware analysis, and reverse engineering (hardware and software) to solve tough problems. To learn more about CIPHER, please visit

GTRI-CIPHER is seeking a Systems Administrator for the internal Information Technology group, responsible for supporting and maintaining CIPHER's Core IT Infrastructure. The CIPHER IT team supports over 350 researchers, engineers, and support staff tackling complex and novel IT challenges for commercial and government customers. The CIPHER IT team is distributed across multiple campus buildings and supports a sizable base of remote users across the United States. The candidate will work closely with the CIPHER Infrastructure Lead to facilitate and improve day-to-day IT operations for CIPHER.

Outside of internal operations, the Systems Administrator is expected to actively participate in sponsored research programs across the laboratory above and beyond providing technology support. Many of GTRI-CIPHERs programs require sophisticated information technology platforms and, as such, the Systems Administrator will be required to hold a Department of Defense Top Secret clearance.

Job Duties:

  • Provide outstanding Information Technology support to all GTRI-CIPHER employees.
  • Manage the GTRI-CIPHER IT Infrastructure:
  • Architect/Design, implement, and maintain the Information Technology infrastructure that CIPHER relies upon. Including but not limited to:
  • Virtualization Infrastructure
  • Storage Fabrics
  • Networking infrastructure
  • OS Support (Mac OS X, Linux, Windows)
  • Configuration Management across all devices/OSes
  • Backups and Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
  • The Systems Administrator will be responsible for completing all Tier III Information Technology Support requests within scope for the elp desk team; and providing guidance to Operations Team when needed.
  • Set KPIs and ensure metrics are met.
  • Partner with the GTRI-CIPHER Operations and Sponsored Support team to support and maintain the heterogeneous (multi-platform) infrastructure:
  • Perform maintenance, upgrades, and/or deployment.
  • Deploy patches and updates to keep vulnerabilities under control
  • Manage and execute projects or strategic initiatives to improve infrastructure.
  • Coordinate IA involvement in support of IT infrastructure for sponsored research programs.
  • Collaboratively create and update system documentation.
  • Collaboratively create and implement SOPs for IT tasks, activities, maintenance, etc.
  • Actively support and contribute to GTRI-CIPHER sponsored research projects.

Travel Requirements

<10% travel

Education & Length of Experience

Research Engineer/Scientist/Technologist/Associate I

  • A Bachelor's degree in Information Technology, Information Technology Management, Cyber Security, Computer Science, Computer Engineering.

Research Engineer/Scientist/Technologist/Associate II

  • A Masters degree in Information Technology, Information Technology Management, Cyber Security, Computer Science, Computer Engineering and three (3) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of that degree,
  • A Masters degree in Information Technology, Information Technology Management, Cyber Security, Computer Science, Computer Engineering and five (5) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of a Bachelors degree, or
  • A Doctoral degree in Information Technology, Information Technology Management, Cyber Security, Computer Science, Computer Engineering.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Candidate must have experience supporting and maintaining heterogeneous computing environments and servers, including
  • Windows, Linux, and OS X operating systems.
  • The ideal candidate(s) will have experience managing and staffing a multi-tiered support team.
  • The ideal candidate(s) will have experience managing a server virtualization environment, including storage and networking.
  • The ideal candidate(s) will have experience supporting classified computing environments and collaborating with information assurance security staff on IT-related matters.
  • The candidate must be a US citizen and be capable of holding a Top Secret DoD Security clearance.
  • Candidate must be able to obtain and maintain DoD Directive 8570.1 IAT Level II compliance within 6 months of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Configuration management (SCCM, JamF, Puppet, Chef, CFengine, Salt Stack, Ansible, etc.)
  • VMware ESXi management (vCenter, vCloud, etc.)
  • Storage management (NetApp, EqualLogic, JBOD, etc.)

U.S. Citizenship Requirements

Due to our research contracts with the US federal government, candidates for this position are required to be US Citizens.

Clearance Type Required

Ability to obtain Secret Clearance upon hire

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Georgia Tech Research Institute aims to enhance the Institutes mission of solving the worlds most complex technical problems by creating a workforce with a shared appreciation for diversity, raising awareness around inclusiveness, and fostering a sense of belonging and appreciation for all members of our community.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Tech Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.


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