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DevOps Engineer, Computational Earth Sciences Group

Date: Jul 27, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830-8050

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 6697 


The Computational Earth Sciences Group (CESG) in the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division (CSED) is seeking a Computational Scientist or Engineer to perform DevOps engineering for the next generation Earth System Grid Federation 2 (ESGF2). ESGF2 is a global peer-to-peer network of data servers that collect and distribute Earth system model simulation output from modeling centers all over the world. The candidate will collaboratively design, develop, implement, and deploy software and services to support ESGF2 for the US Department of Energy (DOE) Earth and Environmental Systems Sciences Division’s Data Management Program. CSED focuses on transdisciplinary computational science and analytics at scale to enable scientific discovery across the physical sciences, engineered systems, and biomedicine and health. It develops community applications, data assets, and technologies and provides assurance to build knowledge and impact in novel, crosscut-science outcomes.

The candidate will be a staff scientist within the CESG of the Advanced Computing Methods for Physical Sciences Section in CSED. The CESG is focused on the conduct of world-class research and development in Earth system modeling; model-data integration, large scale data management, analytics and machine learning; and model benchmarking at DOE’s Leadership Computing Facilities (LCFs) and its National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). The CESG has specific strengths in numerical methods, simulation, and analysis focused on terrestrial hydrology and biogeochemistry, atmospheric and ocean dynamics, aerosols, regional climate, ice sheets and sea level rise, and the global carbon cycle.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with a diverse and multidisciplinary team of software architects and engineers, computational scientists, and Earth system modelers across DOE labs in developing and deploying a data backplane to support ESGF2
  • Design, develop, and implement software for large-scale data management, including data ingest, search, discovery, distribution, and archiving across wide-area ESnet-interconnected sites and the global Internet
  • Develop technical documentation

Basic Qualifications:

  • B.S. degree in computer science, computational science, or related technical subjects or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 5+ years of data system architecture or DevOps experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with scalable databases, scalable index and search solutions, and frameworks that integrate these capabilities
  • Experience managing virtual infrastructure on public or private clouds
  • Familiarity with Kubernetes, container management, and web servers
  • Familiarity with collaborative development methodologies and development automation tools
  • Familiarity with methods and solutions for computer and network security and data provenance, integrity, and security
  • Strong motivation to support DOE and international researchers through innovative solutions
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse and multidisciplinary local, national and international collaborators in design, development, and deployment of large data systems
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to report regular progress and present solutions in meetings and conferences


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