IT Systems Engineer IC4

Date: Aug 3, 2022

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Position Description


The Laboratory has a robust and evolving identity and authentication environment serving both on-premise and cloud IT systems. The position of the IT Systems Engineer is focused on the operational readiness and continued development of the Lab’s authentication and access management systems especially with respect towards evolution with a zero-trust architecture. The current identity environment requires knowledge and support of Microsoft Active Directory / LDAP, PKI (including multi-factor authentication), Single Sign-On (SSO) for on-premise and cloud resources, privileged access management (PAM) and cloud-based / zero-trust identity systems including Okta and Saviynt. The successful candidate will work across Laboratory IT teams to identify and address issues, help oversee change and problem resolution of existing services and work to plan and deploy new features to the Laboratory. Understanding and ensuring compliance with Laboratory and government regulations (based on NIST-800-171 and cyber security maturity certification) will be an important aspect of the work as well.


Expected qualifications for the position


  • Understanding Laboratory authentication and access management needs and foster effective communication and troubleshooting approach to address operational and project requests
  • Embrace creative thinking and technical change as part of researching planned changes to Lab identity environment and work to introduce new updates and features while maintaining the Lab’s security best practices and data protections
  • Work to build relationships among IT peer teams by demonstrating principles of emotional intelligence and solid collaboration practices
  • An ability to work autonomously with appropriate guidance and report on progress at regular intervals
  • Create and deliver effective communications to the organization on technical and project-related topics
  • Critical thinking and analytical approach towards problem solving


Primary Duties




  • Oversee status of all identity systems to ensure normal operational status.  Includes working with peer IT teams from network, cyber and platforms as well as enterprise monitoring and system auditing to facilitate issue resolution.
  • Work with Lab security team(s) to ensure security compliance and risk / vulnerability management best practices associated with identity and authentication systems including maintaining operational and configuration documentation and ensuring identity systems are audit-ready.
  • Oversee and execute system upgrades and new feature deployment as required including adherence to all ITIL-best practices and communications to Lab staff
  • Facilitate identity-driven events for the Laboratory including new employee on-boarding, attribute changes and authentication for IT systems and staff
  • Provide status update and operational metrics to Leadership team
  • Supports 3rd tier incident escalations and ticket assignments


Project-Related Work


  • Solicit feedback from Lab staff on new identity and authentication feature requirements
  • Explore and facilitate evaluation of appropriate vendor solutions and/or provide estimates on work to be completed
  • Execute assigned project work and report status to project supervisors and stakeholders.  Work expected to follow project-management best practices and include sufficient documentation
  • Communicate and educate Lab staff on new features, project status via written and/or presentations as required


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Selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level DoD security clearance.

To safeguard our health and well-being, MIT Lincoln Laboratory requires COVID-19 vaccination for all employees.  Individuals may request exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reason.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.




Requisition ID: 38322 

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