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Sr. IT Linux Systems Administrator - Top Secret Clearance



hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Sunday, June 9, 2024

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.


SpaceX is looking for an experienced Sr. IT Linux Systems Administrator with strong knowledge and experience in world class IT service delivery. This employee will be a member of the information technology Linux infrastructure team and will support the flight software, avionics, and automation teams, amongst other business users. The ideal candidate will be flexible and flourish in a fast-paced and challenging environment.


  • Provide 1st and 2nd tier Linux support to SpaceX employees.
  • Install and configure Linux-based computers and other common technology/devices for new and existing SpaceX employees.
  • Provide after-hours or weekend support when necessary to perform high-risk or planned downtime of SpaceX IT systems for upgrades and maintenance.
  • Write instructional documentation and convey highly technical ideas in non-technical terms.
  • Participate in on-call rotation to handle urgent after-hours work when necessary.


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate.
  • 6+ years of professional experience building, deploying and troubleshooting IT systems.
  • Experience supporting Linux systems and core Linux services.


  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in technical field.
  • LPI, RHCSA, RHCE, or other technical certifications.
  • Experience with a scripting language (Bash, Python, etc.) to automate and solve reoccurring tasks.
  • Comfortable working with mission critical and sensitive systems, with a sense of urgency appropriate to the responsibilities.
  • Ability to address and resolve information technology issues promptly, effectively, and independently.
  • Motivated self-starter personality and ability to work independently.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Experience with hardware (i.e. racking, troubleshooting, swapping components).


  • Must be physically fit enough to regularly lift up to 25 lbs. for duties such as delivering computers, unpacking and rack-mounting equipment, etc.
  • Must be willing to work extended hours and weekends as needed.


Pay Range:
Sr. IT Linux Systems Administrator: $105,000.00 - $140,000.00/per year

Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation and will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year. Exempt employees are eligible for 5 days of sick leave per year.


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.