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NASA Principal Network Architect

Job ID: 2113456
Location: HOUSTON, TX, United States
Date Posted: Sep 25, 2021
Category: Information Technology
Subcategory: Network Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Secret
Potential for Remote Work: No
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Job Description


SAIC has an immediate need for a Principal Network Architect to support the NASA Integrated Communications Services (NICS) contract at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The NICS contract provides high quality integrated communications services for secure voice, video and data solutions and services to NASA customers worldwide. This role includes design, engineering, installation, configuration, testing, troubleshooting, maintenance, and documentation of center network architectures in a multi-vendor, multi-protocol environment. Job Responsibilities: - Engineer projects and identify new solutions for network architecture within the LAN service line - Act as lead engineer for ground-up design and deployment of new services based on internal and external requirements - Design plans as well as lead initiatives for the optimization and restructuring of network architecture - Support Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) rollout on Nexus platforms as part of Software Defined Network (SDN) migration that includes a Software Defined Access (SDA) initiative. - Provide solutions to complex problems - Troubleshoot network systems to identify and resolve performance issues - Document root causes and resolutions for incidents - Communicate with customers and management on designs as well as incident response - Perform packet capture and analysis to baseline network performance and/or troubleshoot performance issues


Required Education and Experience:

  • - BS Degree in related field with 14 years of related experience or Masters and 12 years of related experience
  • - Knowledge of and experience using Cisco Nexus switches (2K/5K/7K/9K) in NXOS and Cisco Catalyst switches including the 3K, 6K, and 9K series
  • - Knowledge of and experience using Cisco wireless technologies
  • - Candidate must have extensive experience with Cisco campus networks


Required Skills:

  • - Candidate must have ACI design and deployment experience OR other Software Defined Networking experience such as Nexus.
  • - The Principal Network Architect must have a wide range of understanding of Switches, Routers, Servers, Cables, Racks, Firewalls, LAN, WAN, TCP/IP, DNS, UDP, Latency, VoIP, QoS, OSPF, Cisco VSS, Stackwise Virtual, Wireless LANs, VPN, VLANS, SNMP, VRFs
  • - The candidate must have a concrete working knowledge of network infrastructure design, routed data protocols, switches data and hardware platforms
  • - Excellent oral and written skills and be able to present technical information in formal presentations to both internal and external customers
  • - Able to adhere to NIST standards


Desired Skills:

  • - Knowledge of data center and network closet environments including physical structure that houses network equipment, equipment grounding, electrical power for network equipment
  • - Knowledge of Operating Systems such as Windows and Cisco Systems
  • - Understanding of fiber and copper cable plant Clearance:
  • - Must be a U.S. Citizen with the ability to obtain Secret Clearance


Certifications / Training:

  • - Certification requirement: CCNA
  • - Certification desired: CCNP or CCIE 

Travel (if any): - None

COVID Policy: Prospective and/or new employees will be required to adhere with SAIC's vaccination policy. Full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work onsite at an SAIC location. If applicable, prospective or new employees may seek an exemption to the vaccination requirement at Contact Us and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Employees working onsite at a customer location must comply with customer requirements which may include mandatory vaccination, mandatory attestation regarding one's vaccination status and mandatory weekly or bi-weekly testing.


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