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Pennsylvania State University Network Systems Specialist 3 in University Park, Pennsylvania


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The Information Technology Services Division, located in the Enterprise Operations Office of The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University is seeking a Network Systems Specialist. This role will provide high-level network administration, development, and design assistance within ARL’s Special Project area. It will also support additional enterprise network areas as needed, to ensure ARL’s enablement of key research and administrative functions. ARL/Penn State’s purpose is to develop innovative solutions to challenging national problems in support of the Navy, DoD, and Intel communities.

ARL is an authorized DoD SkillBridge partner and welcomes all transitioning military members to apply.

You will:

  • Administration, ensuring operations, and secure configuration of ARL’s network infrastructure

  • Respond and remediate system and network security vulnerabilities

  • Implement, test, and support new and emerging technologies while applying security best practices, and required compliance measures

  • Analyzing network traffic and diagnosing/correcting network and performance issues

  • Conduct risk assessments to determine residual level of risk and any required mitigations

  • Participate in the implementation of required policies, procedures, and configurations; make recommendations for improvements Oversight of the installation and configuration of networks, and secure enclaves, to comply with Government and Federal regulations

  • Assisting in the development and acquisition of network management tools

    Typically requires a Bachelor's Degree or higher, plus 4 years’ related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required skills and experience include:

  • The ability to certify and maintain information security related certification(Security+, CASP+, CySA+)

  • Knowledge in NIST/ISO standards, DoD directives, and regulatory requirements (800-171/53, etc.)

  • Network integration in a heterogeneous environment

  • Operating and providing network administration and support in a high-security research computing environment

Preferred skills and experience include:

  • A current, fully adjudicated TOP SECRET (Tier 5) clearance, and counterintelligence polygraph

  • Enterprise WAN/LAN switching and routing

  • Next generation layer 7 firewalls (Palo Alto)

  • Maintenance of secure Windows and Linux servers

  • Knowledge within the development and deployment of secure enclaves and VLANs

  • Skillset to include management of other network supporting services within a secure environment (IPAM/NAC/DNS/DHCP)

  • Possess excellent communication skills. Highly motivated and ability to work independently to plan, identify problems, and produce results

    Your working location will be fully on-site, located in State College, PA.

ARL at Penn State is an integral part of one of the leading research universities in the nation and serves as a University center of excellence in defense science, systems, and technologies with a focus in naval missions and related areas.

You will be subject to a government security investigation, and you must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Employment with the ARL will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen.

ARL is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion; we believe this is central to our success as a Department of Defense designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are part of our workforce.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION on ARL, visit our web site at www.arl.psu.edu.


Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here (https://police.psu.edu/annual-security-reports) .

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.


Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

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University Park, PA