Los Alamos National Laboratory Computing Systems Professional 2/3 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

XIT is responsible for the desktop and server support for computing environments at the Laboratory. The division is organized around field support groups that are focused on supporting unclassified and classified programmatic and mission support needs, and a technical services group that provides the enterprise level configuration management services for these computing environments. eXperience Information Technology (XIT) division is seeking an energetic and customer-focused Computing Systems Professional 2/3, Linux, Mac, and Windows System Administrator for the XIT Classified Systems Services (XIT-CSS) group.

This position will be filled at either the Computing Systems Professional 2 or Computing Systems Professional 3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

Computing Systems Professional 2 ($72,500 - $118,200)

The successful candidate will:

  • Support Linux/Window/Mac servers and desktop systems.

  • Install, configure, maintain and troubleshoot servers, workstations, and network issues in a heterogeneous environment.

  • Implement Linux/Window/Mac solutions to support customer workstation requirements.

  • Support server/client virtual environments.

  • Resolve customer support issues and fulfill requests through remote and onsite support.

  • Automate tasks using programming and scripting.

  • Troubleshoot and resolve network issues including file shares and authentication.

  • Communicate technical information to both technical and nontechnical personnel.

  • Practice Information Architecture processes and standards.

Computing Systems Professional 3 ($87,800.00- $144,800)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the Computing Systems Professional 3 will be required to:

  • Support a large network including specific experience in central configuration management for networks of computers in heterogeneous computing environment.

  • Manage diskless Linux/Window/Mac infrastructures, including troubleshooting, backup solutions and recovery.

  • Configure and manage Storage Area Networks (SAN) and backup solutions.

  • Manage technical projects to fulfill customer technical needs.

  • Manage authentication services such as LDAP.

  • Research emerging technologies, new industry trends, hardware and software tools and solutions.

  • Maintain UNIX services (Kerberos, NFS, SSH, Samba, etc.).

  • Proactively resolve vulnerabilities for Linux/Window/Mac operating systems.

  • Mentor and train fellow team members in Linux/Window/Mac system administration.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated wide-ranging knowledge and experience of Linux/Window/Mac system administration including server and desktop management.

  • Knowledge of hardware and operating systems including system architectures, network infrastructures, and client/server principles.

  • Experience deploying and managing diskless clients to include imaging and central management.

  • Experience solving complex software and hardware issues in a heterogeneous computing environment.

  • Experience scripting automated tasks (ex: Perl, Python, Java, C shell, PowerShell, VBScript, Jscript).

  • Knowledge of emerging computing technologies.

  • Extensive experience interacting with customers and peers in a professional and responsive manner.

  • Experience using a formal ticket management system.

Additional Job Requirements for Computing Systems Professional 3:

In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the Computing Systems Professional 3 level requires:

  • Experience providing advanced Linux/Window/Mac remote system administration.

  • Knowledge of risk management assessments.

  • Experience triaging and remediating Linux/Window/Mac desktop and server vulnerabilities.

  • Experience utilizing auto mount commands to mount a remote file system.

  • Experience implementing and maintaining configuration management tools for networks of computers in heterogeneous computing environment.

  • Demonstrated success in project management including specifying, budgeting, scheduling, testing and implementing server and workstation solutions.

  • Ability to program in a compiled or interpretive language.

  • Experience mentoring IT team members in Linux/Window/Mac system administration.

Desired Skills:

  • Advanced vendor certification (Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE), RHCSA, RHCE, VMware, VMware, NetApp).

  • Experience using or supporting technology such as VMware, or PCoIP in a classified computing environment.

  • Active DOE L or Q clearance, or equivalent, transferable clearance.


  • Computing Systems Professional 2 requirements: Position typically requires a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of four years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Computing Systems Professional 3 requirements: Position typically requires a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of eight years’ related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. At this level, applicable advanced vendor and/or professional certification is desirable.

Notes to Applicants:

  • Position may require working off-peak hours and providing “On-Call” support

  • Please provide a comprehensive cover letter that details how you meet the qualifications for the position.

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position:Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants:Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

Equal Opportunity:Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in the beautiful mountains of northern New Mexico near Santa Fe, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

Our employees are our greatest asset, which is why we provide a comprehensive benefits package that offers health coverage for you and your eligible family members today and retirement plans for a brighter tomorrow. A healthy workforce is paramount to a successful organization. We offer an incentivized wellness plan and preventive care to encourage and reward good basic health choices. Also, for your financial wellness, we provide a tax-deferred 401(k) retirement plan, with a company match and service based contribution.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-665-1683

Contact Name: Tedder, Billie Jo (BJ)

Organization Name: XIT-CSS/Classified Systems Service

Email: bjtedder@lanl.gov

Job Title: Computing Systems Professional 2/3

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC69509