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Associate DevOps Engineer

Date: Sep 19, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 7645 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the United States Department of Energy's largest science and energy laboratory tasked to provide the United States government agencies and departments with technology and expertise to support national and homeland security needs.

Our diverse capabilities span scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace.

We invite applications for the position of Senior DevOps Engineer within the Computer Science and Mathematics Division. This role is responsible for leading the development of systems and tooling to support software engineering for projects being undertaken by the Division. DevOps Engineers in the Application and Software Engineering groups work with group members, external collaborators, and contributors to develop systems that build, test, and deploy software and integrate with internal and external services, including popular cloud platforms and cutting-edge scientific resources.


What are the Application and Software Engineering groups?

The groups support the laboratory’s mission by developing and deploying cutting-edge research software. The groups include interdisciplinary staff with strong backgrounds in computational science, software engineering, and computer science. The group has successfully developed, deployed, and released projects in advanced manufacturing, advanced materials, astrophysics, fusion energy, geographical information systems, nuclear engineering, quantum communication, and quantum computing. The groups’ success is predicated on their ability to work with stakeholders to identify key challenges and leverage existing ORNL tools and software, including engaging other research staff members to address open-research problems on projects.


Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Deploy, maintain, and support applications, servers, and cloud development platforms in support of scientific projects across a wide range of languages, operating systems, and testing platforms.
  • Support continuous integration/continuous deployment.
  • Work closely with customers to meet their DevOps needs, address bugs, and achieve their scientific goals.
  • Assist in the debugging of internal and external software as part of the deployment process.
  • Document and improve the group's DevOps processes.


Basic Requirements:

  • A minimum of a BS degree in computer science, software engineering, or related scientific discipline.
  • 2+ years of experience in DevOps, software development, or otherwise supporting software developers in a professional setting, outside of BS Degree.
  • Experience working with GitLab and GitHub for software development or supporting software developers.
  • Experience using GitLab CI, GitHub Actions,Jenkins, or other CI/CD tools.
  • Experience with container technologies and orchestration tools such as Docker, Singularity, and/or Kubernetes
  • Experience with virtualization technologies such as Packer, VirtualBox and/or Vagrant.
  • Experience with Linux server administration for  Ubuntu and CentOS, Bash, Python and other tools commonly used in DevOps tasks.
  • Experience documenting configuration and configuration changes using markdown or similar mark-up language.

Preferred Requirements

  • Demonstrated DevOps experience supporting scientific applications in computational science, engineering, computer science, or applied math.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Prior experience developing or contributing to large, complex software projects.
  • Experience deploying and maintaining version control, CI/CD, or virtualization environments.
  • Experience with Infrastructure-as-Code tools like Terraform, Pulumi, or others
  • Experience with secrets management such as with tools like Vault or inside of Kubernetes
  • The ability to work on multiple projects at once with several teams using different project management techniques and with different timelines.

Visa Sponsorship is not available with this position


Code Sample:

As part of the application process, we require an open-source code sample with the applicant being the dominant contributor (> 95% of the commits). This code sample is an important component of the early evaluation process. Your code sample should showcase features currently considered as best practices in Release Engineering and DevOps, such as version control, ample documentation, and modularity. Its contents should be relevant to the position and highlight the use of current CI/CD technologies. Ideally, the code sample would be made available on GitHub or a similar sharing platform, although email submissions are okay. It is acceptable to write samples in scripting languages although they should clearly show modularity and good design principles. If you need to send your sample as an attachment, you may email it to and list the job posting title in the subject.


 ORNL Ethics and Conduct:

As a member of the ORNL scientific community, you will be expected to commit to ORNL's Research Code of Conduct. Our full code of conduct, and a statement by the Lab Director's office can be found here:


 Benefits at ORNL: 

UT Battelle offers an exceptional benefits package to include matching 401K, Pension Plan, Paid Vacation and Medical / Dental plan. Onsite amenities include Credit Union, Medical Clinic and free Fitness facilities.  

We offer a wide range of relocation benefits for individuals and families to make it easier to come and work here. Flexible working arrangements are also available. 




This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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