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Under general direction, this position manages system level networking of routers, switches, gateways, bridges and firewalls. The Network Engineer working from the Caltech campus in Pasadena also configures the field hardware such as dataloggers, cell modems, and routers for the Southern California Seismic Network (SCSN). The SCSN has seismic stations which are located at approximately 400 sites throughout Southern California. The Network Engineer will plan and schedule remote software upgrades to the field equipment, and monitor and tune systems to ensure data integrity and low latency. They will follow standard operating procedures to ensure consistency and repeatability, and will be responsible for ensuring compliance of all networking equipment with standard data communications and IT security operating procedures. They will administer networking equipment in-house as well as in Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Essential Job Duties
Design, implement, and maintain the wide area network (WAN) and local area network (LAN) strategy of the Southern California Seismic Network project.
Configure, install, and troubleshoot associated equipment, such as routers, switches, gateways, bridges, and firewalls.
Implement and maintain the Southern California Seismic Network Project's routing (both dynamic and static) and TCP/IP protocol architecture, in Pasadena as well as in AWS.
Optimize the SCSN network performance that includes integrating existing and new technology with legacy systems.
Provide support to field engineers and troubleshoot equipment failures.
Ensure IT network security conforms to guidelines, practices, and procedures.
Install, configure, and run software tools to monitor and analyze network and radio frequency performance and resolve problems.
Implement proper configuration, operation, and installation of communications networks and equipment.
Serve as a technical resource to other staff members on system/network issues including documentation and training.
Other duties as assigned.
BS degree or higher in Computer Science, Physical Science, or related field, with 3 years of experience in networking.
Proficient in troubleshooting, maintaining, and improving networking equipment, for example; routers, switches, gateways, bridges, and firewalls.
Experience with diverse data communications hardware.
Significant instrumentation and computer experience (i.e. LAN/WAN routers and switches, Windows 10/11, Linux, etc.).
Proficiency in command-line scripting (Python, or shell scripts), and ability to gather and analyze engineering performance data.
Diversity of electronic and mechanical troubleshooting skills desirable. This includes experience with electronic test equipment (Volt-ohm meter, oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer, LAN tester, etc.), analog-to-digital conversion dataloggers, RF data transmission, electronic cable construction, and data communications networking skills.
Ability to analyze and implement IT network security.
Experience documenting work procedures and training others.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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