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Requisition Number 16-0305
Post Date 10/21/2016
Title Principal Network Engineer / Architect
City Baltimore
State MD

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) network infrastructure is the foundation for the scientific and mission support excellence that STScI provides to the astronomical community.  STScI is looking for an experienced IT professional to provide technical leadership for the STScI network in order to advance our networking capabilities to meet the current and future needs of STScI and its missions.

The Principal Network Engineer must have demonstrated expertise in network architecture, development and administration as well as the ability to evaluate and verify the design, installation, configuration and maintenance of the network infrastructure. The successful candidate will be experienced in a range of IT services and technologies and how to optimize the network in support of them.  The Principal Network Engineer will be current with respect to new technologies and best practices to keep our network up to date and up to the challenges we will be facing as a multi mission organization.

The Principal Network Engineer works collaboratively with IT, vendors and STScI staff to specify requirements and evaluate alternatives. The Principal Network Engineer analyzes system performance data, usage patterns, problem reports, etc. to proactively identify problems and develop and implement solutions with cost, performance, or functionality benefits, within established, ITIL-based change management processes and procedures. The Principal Network Engineer facilitates interactions and partnerships with STScI astronomers, software developers, other STScI staff and external experts.


The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree and 10+ years of progressively responsible experience in relevant areas with 5 years’ experience at a senior or equivalent level.  Knowledge of network security as well as hardware and software solutions applied to scientific, technical, business, and engineering problems of high complexity is essential.  Demonstrated ability to oversee complex, high-impact projects, including cost, schedule, and risk assessment.  Excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to effectively present technical and policy issues.  Excellent negotiation skills.

Expertise and network certifications are required, including a Cisco certification (CCNP or higher).  VMware network virtualization certification (for example, VCP-NV). AWS, or related certifications are highly desired. Certifications in ITIL, PMP, or COBIT are a plus.  Advanced knowledge of networking protocols, including BGP, QoS, IPsec & SSL VPNs, DNS, DHCP as well as Cisco enterprise networking, including switches and routers (IOS & Nexus) and best-practice network architectures.   Knowledge of Software Defined Network (SDN), preferably NSX.

Substitution of additional relevant education or experience for stated qualifications will be considered.

Applicants are requested to complete an on-line application through our website at and upload a resume. Please include #16-0305 in the file name. Applications received by November 4, 2017 will receive full consideration.

AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, is committed to diversity and inclusion. AURA develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at

As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA and all of the centers, do not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws. The statements below as well as the requests for self-identification are required pursuant to these regulations. We encourage your participation in meeting these federal reporting requirements which are included for protection and to assist us in our record keeping and reporting. Your responses are kept strictly confidential.

STScI sees the diversity of our staff as a strategic priority in our desire to create a first-rate scientific community. We reflect that deep commitment in strongly encouraging women, minorities, veterans and disabled individuals to apply for these opportunities.

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