Network Architect Engineer

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Aug 03, 2023
Oct 04, 2023
Full Time
Rapid Prototyping Research CenterNetwork Architect EngineerThe George Mason University Rapid Prototyping Research Center, within the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC), seeks a proactive, organized, and self-reliant Network Architect Engineer. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.About the Department:The Rapid Prototyping Research Center (RPRC) focuses on providing its Department of Defense (DoD) sponsors a unique perspective on rapid prototyping that aligns with Section 804 in the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act. Specifically, rather than developing a new system to satisfy intractable problems on the battlefield, the RPRC integrates new technology into existing infrastructure. This unique approach reduces acquisition costs since the sustainment tail is in place. It also reduces the time to field intractable solutions to the battlefield from 10-14 years down to 1-3 years, and provides assurance that the prototype involved is integrated with the latest technology, not dated technology due to lengthy acquisition delivery timelines.About the Position:The Network Architect Engineer will lead a team of engineers in designing and implementing network solutions for various applications. They will be responsible for defining technical requirements, developing network architectures, and ensuring that the team delivers high-quality solutions that meet the needs of our clients. They will also be responsible for providing technical guidance and mentorship to fellow engineering RPRC team members, and for continuously improving the team's processes and tools.Responsibilities:Lead the design and implementation of network solutions, including LAN, WAN, VPN, and other network technologies;Collaborate with other teams and stakeholders to define technical requirements, develop network architectures, and identify risks and mitigation strategies;Develop detailed network design documentation, including diagrams, technical specifications, and test plans;Lead the implementation and deployment of the network architecture, ensuring that the solutions are scalable, reliable, and secure;Provide technical guidance and mentorship to team members on the implementation of the network architecture, including configuration, testing, and troubleshooting processes;Participate in solution reviews, testing, and debugging to ensure that the solutions meet quality standards;Ensure that the team delivers high-quality network solutions that meet the needs of our clients and provide regular status updates to stakeholders;Continuously evaluate and improve RPRC processes and tools, and provide leadership in the adoption of new network technologies and methodologies; andProvide leadership and mentorship to RPRC engineering team members, and help to build a culture of excellence and continuous improvement.Required Qualifications:US Citizen with ability to obtain a TS clearance;Master's degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field;Substantial experience as a Network Engineer or Network Architect, designing and implementing network solutions for various applications (typically 10+ years);Expertise in PNT/A-PNT with experience with fielded, operational technologies and systems;Demonstrated knowledge of network architecture principles, design patterns, and best practices;Experience with network technologies like LAN, WAN, VPN, and firewalls;Experience with network security technologies, such as IPSec, SSL, and firewall rules;Excellent communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to work effectively in a team environment;Problem-solving skills, with the ability to identify and mitigate technical risks;Experience leading and mentoring engineers and the ability to provide technical guidance and mentorship to team members; andProven track record of delivering high-quality network solutions on-time and within budget.Preferred Qualifications:Experience with Agile software development methodologies.Mason Engineering: The Future of Engineering is Here The College of Engineering and Computing at George Mason University is comprised of the Volgenau School of Engineering and the School of Computing. The College is a fast-growing force for innovation in research and education. Ranked nationally in the top 100 in both undergraduate and graduate education, the College boasts 10,000 students in 37 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. Of the 302 full-time faculty who comprise the College, 93 are tenured, 75 are tenure-track, 82 are instructional faculty, and 52 are research faculty. As part of a nationally ranked research university, its research teams expended more than $70 million in sponsored research awards last year and has projects with over $400 million in current and anticipated awards. Located in the heart of Northern Virginia's technology corridor, Mason Engineering stands out for its research in many leading areas including artificial intelligence, data analytics engineering, cybersecurity engineering, biomedical imaging and devices, autonomous systems, 5G communications, systems architectures, computational biomedicine, community-based healthcare, advanced materials and manufacturing, sustainable infrastructure, and more. The College highly encourages multidisciplinary research and provides faculty with opportunities to work with other disciplines.George Mason University is the largest and most diverse public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of 40,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. It was classified as an R1 research institution in 2016 by the Carnegie Classifications of Institutes of Higher Education. Mason is located in the city of Fairfax in Northern Virginia at the doorstep of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, with unmatched geographical access to a number of federal agencies and national laboratories. Northern Virginia is also home to one of the largest concentrations of high-tech firms in the nation, providing excellent opportunities for interaction with industry. Fairfax is consistently rated as being among the best places to live in the country, and has an outstanding local public school system.In conjunction with Amazon's decision to establish a second headquarters in Northern Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced a multi-year plan to invest in the growth of degree programs in computing. George Mason University has committed to accelerate its plans to increase its capacity in engineering and computing. Some of the university's exciting plans are the launch of the Institute for Digital InnovAtion, a university think tank and incubator to serve the digital economy, and the expansion of its Arlington Campus with a 360,000 square foot building-Fuse at Mason Square. Fuse will become the nexus of Mason's transdisciplinary research, entrepreneurship, and academic program efforts in digital innovation, and will unite the public and private sectors in a collaborative alliance to address the world's grand challenges.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F902AZ at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, a statement of what diversity and inclusion means to you (to attach as 'Other Doc'), and a list of three professional references with contact information. Full consideration will apply to applicants who submit their completed application by August 22, 2023; however, review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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