SA017 AWS System Administrator

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) nestled in the Maryland suburbs of Greenbelt is just 30 minutes from the heartbeat of America – Washington, D.C. Now you can have it all, the nightlife, museums, great food and theaters. Work in a place that pushes the envelope of science every day, yet spy a deer or a Canadian goose as you stroll the grounds of Goddard during lunch.

Come, reach for the stars with NASA !  Be a AWS Systems Admin at NASA.

The Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC, at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is seeking a skilled Amazon Web Services (AWS) System Administrator to ensure the security of our Cloud and on-premise infrastructure by implementing industry best-practices.

At the CCMC, we are hosting a unique and expanding collection of space science and space weather models developed by the international research community (currently more than 80 models). We also provide custom simulation and visualization services. Access to simulation outputs is made available to the scientific community via a variety of dissemination systems. The AWS Administrator will be working in a hybrid environment consisting of servers located in the Cloud and at GSFC. Daily activities will include: system management of LINUX servers, supporting software development and test activities, deploying and configuring applications, and assisting with system performance tuning and troubleshooting.

Yearly Salary $110k – $140k


  • Manage CCMC AWS infrastructure, systems, and monitoring to support our growing needs
  • Configure, monitor, maintain and troubleshoot Linux instances in AWS to comply with NASA security policies
  • Collaborate with other system administrators and developers to develop archive backup and migrate functional hot backup of CCMC systems currently not in AWS
  • Explore other AWS services, such as serverless computing, containers services, load balancing, etc., and whether those services can be applied as modern solutions to meet CCMC goals and challenges
  • Design and/or modify our AWS environment so that it’s scalable and high performing.
  • Develop an understanding of how on-premise High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters work
  • Install, configure, and maintain libraries and applications
  • Manage end user accounts, permissions, access rights, and storage allocations in accordance with best practices
  • Develop and maintain documentation about current environment setup, standard operating procedures, and best practices
  • Explore and integrate new technologies and/or processes to increase efficiency and provide additional capabilities to users
  • Work to minimize manual processes by using and maintaining automation and modern configuration management tools
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • US citizenship is a must
  • Experience in Amazon Web Services (AWS) services configuration and administration using AWS Console and CLI scripting
  • Experience in AWS cloud services including EC2, VPC, ELB, RDS, IAM, S3, and etc.
  • Experience troubleshooting AWS services
  • At least 5 years experience in RHEL/CentOS Linux system administration
  • Working experience of cloud based security protocols, policies, and multi-factor authentication best practices
  • Self-starter and self-motivated to find issues, seek out solutions, and find opportunities for optimization
  • Willingness to learn and keep up with the constant evolution of infrastructure technology and security requirement
  • Excellent communication, problem solving, and critical thinking skills

Desired Qualifications:

  • High Performance Computing experience
  • Window OS experience
  • AWS certifications are a plus
  • Knowledge of Docker and Kubernetes configuration, management, and troubleshooting
  • Experience using Git and configuration management tools like Ansible, Puppet, Chef, etc.

Team ADNET brings over 25 years of experience to information systems and professional services for the federal government. With a history of expertise in software development, computer network design, IT security, mission operations support, and educational outreach, Team ADNET is deeply embedded in the Space and Earth Science at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, MD.

ADNET Systems, Inc. is working with Goddard Space Flight Center to fulfill NASA’s vision for space exploration, and working with the Science and Exploration Directorate to fulfill its many missions.   ADNET Systems, Inc. is an employee-centric company, committed to providing premier benefits that support our employees and their families. With affordable medical and dental plans coupled with leading disability and life insurance options, ADNET offers our employees the benefits most sought after by today’s professional candidate. Furthermore, our benefits package features the extras that distinguish us from other small businesses, ensuring our high employee retention that our customers appreciate. Some features of our compensation plans and environment perks include:

  • Annual Leave/Sick Leave
  • Military and Family Emergency Leave
  • Paid Holidays
  • Swag bags
  • Performance Bonuses
  • Medical and Dental Plans
  • Direct Deposit Payroll