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Systems Engineer

Date: Jan 27, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9606 


The Enrichment Systems Engineering Section within the Enrichment Science and Engineering Division (ESED) is seeking a Systems Engineer for the Application Engineering Group.  ESED maintains a secure computer network that supports the division’s projects and science agenda. They run mid-range clusters, servers, workstations, and other services that support these projects. These systems directly support the development and deployment of isotope enrichment devices. The Systems Engineer will be is responsible for supporting the ESED personnel in executing R&D projects by providing direct support on computer user issues/concerns. This position will work to ensures compliance and provide user guidance and act as a liaison to (ITSD) cyber and (LPD) physical security. Candidate will potientially provide  leadership for a small focused team to provide deployment, automation, monitoring, management tools infrastructure for researchers.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Support deployment, monitoring, and management for ORNL research projects.
  • Ensure the availability, performance, scalability, and security of production systems.
  • Scripting via PowerShell and other tools.
  • Responsibility for evaluating architecture and offering recommendations for improvements.
  • Design, plan, configure, automation, and maintenance of server systems, storage, backup, and VMWare clusters in support of customer needs.
  • Manage and implementing continuous process improvements.
  • Provide technical consulting in the selection and purchase of hardware and software systems.
  • Evaluate new technology options and vendor products.
  • Collaborate with research teams to ensure new environments meet requirements.
  • Identify and document  best practices that will improve the systems deployment function.
  • Ability to present and communicate complex technical concepts of small to medium groups of scientists and engineers.
  • Ensure the secure and effective operation of computing systems through compliance with ORNL procedures and ESED Internal Operating Procedures.
  • Troubleshoot system problems quickly and effectively.
  • 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.
  • Off-hours support may be required.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electronic Technology or a related technical field and 5 years of related work experience.  A Bachelor’s degree may be substituted with an Associate’s degree with a minimum of seven years' relevant experience.
  • Experience in automation of system administration tasks.
  • Experience with scripting and automating tasks and processes to improve overall efficiency.
  • Experience with backup system architecture and operations.
  • Moderate fluency in scripting language such as: PowerShell, Python, or equivalent.
  • Experience managing a virtualized environment including tuning and maintenance.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Enterprise automated VM Cluster installation/configuration/management experience strong knowledge of multiple current operating systems
  • Demonstrated ability to perform job tasks while considering cyber security risk of those tasks, and consulting with security professionals when necessary
  • Knowledge of scripting or programming languages such as Python or PowerShell. Candidate should also be able to utilize source code repositories for storage and script revisions.
  • Knowledge of enterprise class server/storage hardware
  • Experience in an environment requiring change control processes
  • Experience with performance and diagnostic tools for benchmarking, analysis and tuning of systems, networking and storage.
  • Experience with Nagios, Check MK, Solarwinds, or 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.
  • Technical documentation skills, including ability to prepare simple documentation web pages.


Special Requirements:

HSPD-12 PIV badge: This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain an HSPD-12 PIV badge.  

 Q clearance: 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 (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.





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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