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Job #: R-00035319
Location: Washington, DC
Category: Systems Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: Other Clearance
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Intelligence

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Job Description:

Are you someone concerned with the security of our nation? Are you driven to protect and serve? Are you skilled in cyber defense? Then Leidos is the place for you.  We are ensuring our nation's security in a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security.  Our partnership focuses on the DHS Security Operations Center (SOC) Support Services Program where we provide around the clock cyber support focusing on some our nation's toughest threats.

Leidos has an immediate need for a Junior Systems Engineer to support this DHS SOC Program.  The System Engineer will join a multidisciplinary team and need to be a self-starter with excellent technical planning, system design, analytical and problem-solving skills, flexibility, good judgement and the ability to coordinate multiple, concurrent tasks in an effective manner.  Will work with internal team members to perform requirements analysis and evaluate alternatives including cost, risk, and supportability to ensure the systems are functional, secure, and scalable.  The systems and networks developed will be used to collect and process data and improve the DHS SOC security infrastructure.  The System Engineer will work under the direction of senior staff. They will work tasks to maintain existing infrastructure and applications, plan and install new hardware/software, assist with ATO compliance, help ensure the integrity and security of enterprise-wide cyber systems and networks, etc.  The multidisciplinary nature of the team provides opportunities to work on a variety of applications and hardware that the team supports. 

Required Education/Experience:

  • BS in STEM or related field and 2 to 4 years in a technical role; OR Masters Degree less than 2 years of related experience. Additional years of progressive experience in cyber security/ systems engineering and certifications may be considered in lieu of a degree
  • At least one of the following certifications: Security+, CASP, GCIH, GCWN, GISF, GISP, GSSP, GICSP, GSSP, SEI, CISSP, CSSLP, SSCP, CCNP, CCNP Security, CCIE Security, CEH, ECSP, MCSE, RHCA, RHCE, VCP, VCAP, VCIX, VCDX, Certified Splunk Architect

Department of Homeland Security ESOC employees are required to obtain an Entry on Duty (EOD) clearance to support this program.

Basic Qualification

  • 1+ years of experience with Direct Customer Engagement / Support
  • Basic understanding of systems engineering, software engineering, and cyber security engineering concepts
  • Experience in use of JIRA and Confluence
  • Proficient in the use of all Microsoft Office tools
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to new technologies and learn quickly
  • Ability to work independently on assigned tasking
  • Experience with 2+ of the following areas
    • Implementing STIG / NIST / OSCAP frameworks on RHEL
    • Building custom kickstart files to manage partitions and systems configuration
    • Automating bare metal deployments with Satellite server
    • Linux security & systems engineering, design, and support
    • Network administration and design
    • Configuring and managing virtualized environments
    • Network access, identity and access management (e.g., public key infrastructure, PKI).
    • Python and Shell Scripting
    • The tools used to design, build, deploy, and maintain infrastructure in a variety of cloud environments (GitLab CI, Ansible Tower, JIRA, Jenkins, Satellite).
    • Experience with Splunk Administration
    • Experience with Administration of network sensor devices (Fireeye, SourceFire, etc.)

Preferred Qualification

  • Existing Secret, TS/SCI, or existing EOD with DHS
  • Experience working in an Agile environment
  • Hands on Ansible experience
  • RHCSA/RHCE Certification
  • Recent security operations center (SOC) experience
  • Hands on OpenStack Experience
  • Experience working with developers and process improvement
  • Experience and knowledge with designing, building, deploying, and maintaining infrastructure in cloud environments

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Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:

Other Clearance



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About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 38,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Va., Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $11.09 billion for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2020. For more information, visit

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