IT Network Engineer

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
La Serena
Job Announcement Text: 

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) Project is currently constructing an 8.4 meter diameter ground-based observatory in Chile and a 3.2 gigapixel camera with funding from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. The telescope will survey the visible sky every few nights in six optical bands to address four key science themes: Constraining the nature of dark energy and dark matter, making an inventory of small moving bodies in the Solar System, exploring the transient optical sky, and determining the accretion history of the Milky Way.

LSST is looking for a Network Engineer who will be responsible for implementing and maintaining the integrity of the LSST networks including liaising with the Chilean and International partners and providers. This role will be participating in the implementation and maintenance of the LSST Chilean network from the ground up.

Essential Functions:

  • Install, support and maintain hardware and software infrastructure according to best practices, including routers aggregators, switches, wi-fi controllers, firewall and VPN management and administration
  • Diagnose problems and solve issues, often under time constraints
  • Perform network security design and integration
  • Perform network design and implementation
  • Assist and maintain diagnostic and network monitoring
  • Provide network documentation
  • Assist in the development of guidelines and procedures for administration best practices
  • Work closely with colleagues to meet team goals and improve processes and practices
  • Monitor and apply vendor IOS upgrades to appliances
  • Remain current on new technologies via independent research, internal and external training or other avenues available
  • Perform other IT tasks as requested by the LSST management
  • Effectively communicate with users and colleagues

Required Education/Experience/Skills/Abilities:

  • University degree or equivalent in applicable subject
  • At least 5 years experience
  • Switching: Capacity planning & VLAN/VXLAN’s
  • Routing: Internal and external protocols: RIPv2, OSPF, BGP, ISIS
  • LAN Technology: Cisco ACI working experience
  • WAN Technology: MPLS, VPLS, VPN
  • Collaboration technologies: SIP, H323, paging and fax systems. Experience with Cisco’s CUCM is a plus
  • Familiarity with Linux and Microsoft Operating Systems
  • Security Appliances: Firewall, DDS, Bro, optical taps
  • Wireless Controllers and Deployment
  • SDN and Cloud software: REST, JSON, RPC
  • Virtualization Technologies: VMware, Citrix etc
  • Working knowledge with DWDM switches and strong knowledge in fiber optic networks
  • CCNP R&S and/or CCDP certifications are mandatory, CCIE certifications in any field are a plus
  • Spoken and written English
  • Current drivers license

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 hear.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms and stoop; kneel; crouch; or crawl.
  • The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • Must possess - sufficient mobility, strength, or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to a) reach upward, sideways, downward to work with paper files; b) sufficient mobility and dexterity to utilize IT systems, fax machines, copiers, and other office machines.
  • 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.
  • Some travel may be necessary in or outside the contiguous United States; Must be willing to travel internationally and possess (or have the ability to obtain) the necessary passports/visas/travel documentation.
  • Must be willing to support observing systems after normal working hours.
  • Clean driving record and ability to drive a 4x4 vehicle
  • Work at altitudes above 2500 meters in the observatory summit facilities will be required 2 to 3 days a week.

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

Application Deadline: 
Friday, August 16, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
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