Senior Network Engineer
National Solar Observatory
Maui, HI
The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a consortium of over 40 US institutions and four international affiliates that operates world-class astronomical observatories. AURA’s role is to establish, nurture, and promote public observatories and facilities that advance innovative astronomical research. AURA is responsible for managing the operations of the Gemini Observatory, the National Optical Astronomical Observatory, the National Solar Observatory, the Space Telescope Science Institute, and the construction of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation and NASA.

The National Solar Observatory (NSO) is seeking an experienced Senior Network Engineer to manage the network, computing and communications infrastructure for the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), located in Maui, Hawaii. The DKIST is currently under construction in Maui, Hawaii on the summit of Haleakala and scheduled for completion within the year. Once completed, the DKIST, will be the world's largest most advanced solar telescope and will help resolve the fundamental interactions between solar magnetic fields and the dynamic atmospheric plasma on scales below 0.1 arcsec over entire active regions.

General Description of Position:
This position requires an extensive background in networking technology and will be responsible for implementing local area networks, high-speed data networks, connections to wide area networks, and other data communications systems. The position will require the analysis of network traffic types and bandwidths, reliability requirements, cyber- security infrastructure, network and computing hardware, and other aspects of telescope control and data networks.

The position will be responsible for managing the DKIST Observatory network and a science support building’s network, purchasing and upgrading network equipment, and configuring and maintaining VOIP phone services and IPSec tunnels. Other duties include managing and maintaining infrastructure physical and virtual servers, as well as performing periodic desktop support of the DKIST user community.

The Senior Network Engineer will work with internal groups to evaluate solutions for successful science operations. The position requires proven experience in implementing and maintaining complex network architectures, the ability to communicate with both written and spoken word, and the capability to work independently and as a contributor.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Designing and implementing new network solutions and/or improving the efficiency of current networks
Server administration including Linux and Windows server setup, deployment, and maintenance
Installing, configuring and supporting network equipment including routers, switches, Virtual Machine systems, Storage, and DNS and DHCP services
Maintain system security by actively identifying vulnerable areas within system and network architecture.
Requires knowledge of viruses and other sources of system vulnerabilities, and proactively develop protections when deploying system-wide changes
Procuring network equipment and managing subcontractors involved with network installation
Configuring firewalls, routing and switching to maximize network efficiency and security
Maximizing network performance through ongoing monitoring and troubleshooting
Creating documentation of cabling, services and all facets of the logical and physical network
Complete the facility network. Work alongside the ongoing construction effort to integrate network cabling, routers and switches, and computing hardware into the site. Manage the cabling effort, program the network hardware, and interface the facility network with external networks
Assist in the construction and organization of the summit facility data center
Monitor system resource utilization, trending, and capacity
Select and Implement cyber-security procedures and tools for the facility
Work closely with the NSO Headquarters, the University of Colorado and University of Hawaii Network Teams to transmit information between other NSO facilities
Arranging scheduled upgrades
Investigating faults in the network
Updating network equipment to the latest firmware releases
Reporting network status to key stakeholders
Apply systems analysis techniques and procedures, including consulting with users, to determine hardware, software or system functional specifications
Assists/trains staff using applications and computer systems
Must be able to work on-call as needed, in order to ensure network is operational at all times
Other duties as assigned

Required Education/Experience/Skills/Abilities:
Bachelor’s (4-year) degree in computer science, electrical engineering, or equivalent
Ten or more years of hands-on experience in areas such as network implementation, LAN/WAN interfacing, voice and video networks, security, Internet protocols and TCP/IP, network analysis and tuning, and server and network infra-structure
Demonstrated experience working with Linux and Windows server-side technologies
Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and experience with routing hardware, software, and protocols. Router, switch, and IP configuration experience is required
Ability to communicate both orally and verbally. Experience writing design and/or maintenance documentation
Ability to work at an altitude of 10,000 feet, at a construction site, and under occasional inclement weather, multiple times on a weekly basis or more
Ability to travel outside of Maui- approximately 10%

Preferred Education/Experience/Skills/Abilities:
A Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) or higher is preferred
Experience with Linux and Windows systems administration is highly valued
Experience providing cyber security support by planning, coordinating, integrating and synchronizing cyber defense and prevention activities, ensuring compliance with all applicable security program policies.
Thorough knowledge of information systems, security concepts and current information security trends and practices, including security processes and methods
An analytical mind
An ability to learn new technologies quickly
Good time management skills
An ability to follow processes
Commercial and business awareness

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or
The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk, climb stairs and ladders; reach with hands and arms and stoop; kneel; crouch; or
The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception, ability to distinguish colors, and ability to adjust
Must possess sufficient mobility, strength, or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to reach upward, sideways, downward to work with paper files and sufficient mobility and dexterity to utilize computer systems, fax machines, copiers, and other office
Must possess – 1) ability to read and understand instructions, drawings, safety guides, and other written materials necessary to perform job; 2) sufficient visual capacity to perform the applicable functions without assistance of visual aids other than eye contacts or eye glasses; 3) sufficient spoken aural capacity to hear and understand instructions, warning bells, fire alarms, or shouted instructions without assistance of auditory aids other than a hearing aid; and 4) ability to impart information orally so that others understand and can respond appropriately
This position may require occasional travel to/from the Mainland S.
Ability to work regularly at 10,000’ elevation, sometimes during inclement weather
This position is covered by the NSO Substance Abuse Prevention and Testing policy and pre-employment testing is required.

Please list 3 professional references in your application and attach a CV or resume (PDF files preferred) to your application.

NSO will accept and review applications until the position is filled. Please be sure to submit a completed application along with supporting documents by no later than October 4th 2019 to be considered in the first review. Qualified internal candidates will be given preference.

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