HPC Linux Systems Engineer, Entry Level

Date: Feb 7, 2024

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12477 



The HPC Clusters Group is seeking entry level HPC Linux Systems Engineers to play a key role in improving the installation, deployment and troubleshooting of the NCCS computing environments.  


About Us:

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


We are part of the Systems Section is within the 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.


As a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory, ORNL has an extraordinary 80-year history of solving the nation’s biggest problems. We have a dedicated and creative staff of over 6,000 people! Our vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is to cultivate an environment and practices that foster diversity in ideas and in the people across the organization, as well as to ensure ORNL is recognized as a workplace of choice. These elements are critical for enabling the execution of ORNL’s broader mission to accelerate scientific discoveries and their translation into energy, environment, and security solutions for the nation.


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • 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

  • Assist with designing, building, and maintaining HPC Linux systems

  • Tune operating systems and applications to increase performance and reliability of services

  • Diagnose system operational problems quickly and effectively

  • Document system administration procedures for routine and complex tasks

  • Participate in an on-call rotation providing 24-hour, 7-day support and off-hours maintenance windows

  • Coordinate with vendors to resolve hardware and software problems


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or closely related field.  An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills, and the ability to work as part of a team

  • Solid understanding of Unix system fundamentals and common network protocols. 

  • Ability to develop and maintain programs and scripts that aid in the operation and automation of administrative tasks using various shell and scripting languages

  • Experience with continuous integration and continuous deployment software methodologies and how they apply to systems engineering

  • An understanding of site reliability engineering fundamentals

  • Familiarity with code review processes / best practices and familiarity with tools like Git, GitHub and GitLab

  • Experience using tools such as Grafana and Nagios to monitor systems, metrics, and create dashboards

  • Experience participating in an open-source community with patches accepted upstream

  • Experience with developing systems tools, preferably using Python, Golang, Ruby, or BASH

  • Experience deploying and maintaining automated configuration management software such as: Puppet, Ansible

  • Experience building custom packages for RHEL/Rocky using RPM

  • Familiarity or direct experience with various container strategies and orchestration tools such as Docker, PodMan, Singularity, or OpenShift/Kubernetes


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:  

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain talented people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible work hours, to help you and your family live happy and healthy. Employee amenities such as on-site fitness, banking, and cafeteria facilities are also provided for convenience.


In addition, we offer a flexible work environment that supports both the organization and the employee. A hybrid/onsite working arrangement may be available with this position.


Other benefits include the following: Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Contributory Pension Plan, Life Insurance, Disability Benefits, Generous Vacation and Holidays, Parental Leave, Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection, Employee Assistance Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Wellness Programs, Educational Assistance, Relocation Assistance, and Employee Discounts.


If you have difficulty using the online application system or need an accommodation to apply due to a disability, please email: ORNLRecruiting@ornl.gov or call 1.866.963.9545.




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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If you have trouble applying for a position, please email ORNLRecruiting@ornl.gov.

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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