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DevOps Engineer

Date: Jun 5, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 5977 



The National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) at Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), which hosts several of the world’s most powerful computer systems, is seeking highly qualified individuals to play a key role in improving the security, performance, and reliability of the NCCS computing environments.  


In this role, you will work within the HPC Clusters Group inside of the NCCS Systems Section to support numerous activities of the center.


The HPC Clusters Group administers and supports the division’s HPC computing infrastructure, which includes system installation, deployment, acceptance, performance testing, upgrades, problem diagnosis, and troubleshooting.


The Systems Section within National Center for Computational Sciences Division (NCCS).  The HPC Systems Section administers and supports the division’s computing, networking, and storage systems.


The NCCS provides state-of-the-art computational and data science infrastructure, coupled with dedicated technical and scientific professionals, to accelerate scientific discovery and engineering advances across a broad range of disciplines. NCCS hosts the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, one of DOE’s National User Facilities. 


Major Duties/Responsibilities:


Primary duties include:


  • Work with the team to define and implement best practices and standards within the organization
  • Automate systems administration tasks utilizing open-source configuration management tools
  • Identify automation opportunities to improve DevOps operations
  • Review architecture and offer recommendations for improvements
  • System troubleshooting and problem-solving across multiple platforms (dev/test/prod)
  • Work with team to adopt a software defined infrastructure and infrastructure as code paradigm
  • Embrace continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) processes
  • Evaluate new technology options and vendor products
  • CI/CD technologies – Gitlab runners, etc.
  • Configuration Management - i.e. Puppet, Ansible, etc.
  • Identify and document IT best practices that will improve the systems deployment function
  • Ensure the secure and effective operation of computing systems through compliance with ORNL procedures and IT Internal Operating Procedures.
  • Work with other systems engineers and vendors to resolve hardware and software issues.
  • Answer escalated helpline calls in addition to primary project work.
  • Monitor systems performance.
  • Install and configure software, both commercial packages, and various open-source packages.
  • Maintain documentation/notes on software builds and installs.


Basic Requirements:


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related technical subjects or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A minimum of 7 years of experience managing UNIX/Linux Systems.
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience managing container infrastructure using docker.
  • A minimum of 2 years utilizing configuration management and automation tools such as Git, Ansible, Puppet or other CI/CD pipeline tools.
  • Fluency in at least one scripting language such as Bash, Python, Go or equivalent.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • A minimum of 10 years of experience managing UNIX/Linux Systems.
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience managing container infrastructure using docker.
  • Strong knowledge of multiple operating systems.
  • Experience with RHEL7/8
  • Knowledge of networking fundamentals including TCP/IP, traffic analysis, common protocols and network diagnostics.
  • Experience with performance and diagnostic tools for benchmarking, analysis and tuning of systems, networking and storage.
  • Experience with Nagios, Zabbix, Ganglia, and other network and device monitoring systems.
  • Previous experience working in a government, scientific, or other highly technical environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills suitable for user support and ability to work well with peer system administrators.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to balance complex research and security requirements.
  • Background of contributing to open-source projects or avocational endeavors such as hacker/maker spaces is desirable.
  • Technical documentation skills, including ability to prepare simple documentation web pages.


Special Requirement:


This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse program (WSAP) testing designed position which requires passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program in which employees are subject to being randomly selected for testing. The occupant of this position will also be subject to an ongoing requirement to report to ORNL any drug-related arrest or conviction or receipt of a positive drug test result.


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.   





Relocation to the Knoxville/Oak Ridge, TN area is a requirement for this position.  UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for this position.


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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.

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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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