Network Engineer

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech

Job Description

The 5G and NextG Testbed, led by Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) - Virginia Tech, is looking for a Network Engineer to administer the computer networks and systems of the CCI NextG testbed. The network administrator is expected to implement, manage and troubleshoot networks and systems according to a CCI's needs and goals. This position will be responsible for installing and maintaining computer systems for research, monitoring computer and network systems to improve performance, making sure all users know how to use the networks and systems properly and ensuring all system users have authorized access; Maintaining system security, making sure websites function, upgrading network and computer systems and fixing network, hardware, software and systems problems are all duties for the candidate.
Virginia is uniquely positioned to demonstrate global leadership in secure cyber physical systems (CPS), including underlying cybersecurity technologies. The Commonwealth's strengths include an unrivaled density of IT talent, industry, and venture capital, creating a highly fertile environment for innovation and tech-based economic growth. To support the CCI research efforts, this position will include the development, configuration and maintenance of 5G network architectures and testbed assets.

Required Qualifications

• Demonstrated knowledge of networking services and common networking protocols
• Computer proficiency and understanding of various types of hardware
• Solid background in wireless networking, IPv4 networking
• Demonstrated ability to working effectively within a diverse team
• Ability to problem solve and think critically to support troubleshooting of different types
• Attention to detail to include the ability to build executive level presentations
• Good verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

• Solid background in Linux and Unix system networking
• Solid background in network virtualization (i.e. virtual machine, VLAN)
• Solid background in network containerization (i.e. Kubernetes)
• Devsecops skills
• Scripting skills in python and bash
• Understanding of cloud computing and on-premises capabilities to include but not limited how to instrument and configure networking in Cloud/Edge Platform.
• 2 or 4 year degree in IT, Computer Systems, telecommunications, or related field or equivalent experience in these fields.

Pay Band


Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience.

Review Date

July 6, 2021

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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Advertised: June 16, 2021
Applications close:

To apply please click here! Posted: 07/31/2021