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System Administrator

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Øptimus Consulting, a data science and software company, is seeking a System Administrator in their Washington D.C. area office. As a Sysadmin within the Ops & DevOps team, you’ll participate in all aspects of work at Øptimus. Our “long-term” projects last one or two weeks, meaning no two days are the same. You’ll streamline our current workflow, make sure internal technology runs smooth and efficient, and use the MacGyver-like skills you’ve been blessed with to solve problems every day, just to name a few. 


  • Must be able to learn quickly and juggle multiple projects with moving deadlines.
  • Experience welding Linux (Ubuntu is the main flavor); know your way around a command line
  • Troubleshooting experience with Windows 7 and OS X.
  • Must have some familiarity with the inside of a computer (i.e. minor installs like RAM and video cards and troubleshooting).
  • Networking technologies and methodologies -- you can build a network, bond NIC cards, administer a firewall and VPN.
  • A passion for messing around with gadgets like computer sticks, NAS units, and other gadgets.
  • A desire to learn a configuration management suite like Ansible, Chef, or Puppet.


  • Experience managing PostgresSQL is a plus.
  • Experience with Python a plus.
  • Experience with political campaigns or similar recruitment efforts is a plus.
  • Knowing how campaigns work, even if you don't think it's relevant – like going door-to-door in a neighborhood or working phone banks – can be very helpful.
  • A mindset that anything can be solved with the right amount of googling, tinkering and cajoling is a must.


Internships with Øptimus are paid commensurate with professional and academic experience.


Øptimus Consulting is a family of statisticians, graphic designers, data scientists, programmers, social media marketing analysts, and recovering politicos. We handle a wide variety of projects and use many different technologies and programs to meet our clients’ needs, so our culture here is one of constant learning and curiosity. Our product quality is unparalleled. We like to do things carefully and do them the right way. We boast an office in Old Town Alexandria, no cubicles (think a cross between Slugline from House of Cards and CTU from 24), and a nacho cheese machine and kegerator. If you live by the “work hard, play hard” philosophy, then you'll be a great fit with the Øptimus team.

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