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HPC Storage Systems Engineer, Technical Staff Member

Date: Nov 11, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8068 





The HPC Storage and Archive Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking a highly motivated Storage Systems Engineer to play a key role in the administration and support of massive parallel distributed filesystems, along with the accompanying storage subsystems and underlying Infiniband and Fibre-channel based SAN infrastructure.

The HPC Storage and Archive Group administers and supports high-speed parallel file systems and archive capabilities, which support the overall mission of leadership-class and scalable computing programs.

This position will be part of the HPC 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.

The National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) at Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), which hosts several of the world’s most powerful compute and storage systems, is seeking highly qualified individuals to play a key role in improving the security, performance, functionality, and reliability of the NCCS storage infrastructure.  This includes supporting storage system infrastructure for one of the fastest supercomputers in the world, Summit.  Summit is one of the scientific research community's most powerful computational tools for exploring solutions to some of today's most challenging problems.  


Major Duties/Responsibilities:


  • The application of systems analysis techniques and procedures, including consulting with users/customers, to determine hardware, software or system functional specifications
  • The design, development, documentation, analysis, creation, testing, optimization, or modification of computer systems or programs, including prototypes, based on and related to user or system design specifications
  • The design, documentation, testing, automation, creation, or modification of computer programs or complex tasks related to machine operations
  • Work with the team to define and implement best practices and standards within the organization
  • Diagnose system operational problems quickly and effectively
  • 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
  • Ability to lead storage-related projects with internal and external representatives
  • Act as subject matter expert for storage resources for various projects
  • Lead system design, facility integration, deployment, upgrades, issues resolution, and decommissioning


Basic Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in computer science or closely related field. 
  • 5+ years of experience managing Linux/UNIX operating systems in a heterogeneous environment.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills, and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Working knowledge of Linux system fundamentals and common network protocols and technologies like TCP/IP, InfinBand, and Fibre-channel
  • Understanding of networked computing environment concepts
  • Ability to develop and maintain programs and scripts that aid in the operation and automation of administrative tasks using various shell and scripting languages.
  • Ability to identify requirements and to define, plan, and implement requisite solutions
  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize tasks, and complete assigned projects with minimal supervision
  • Experience with continuous integration and continuous deployment software methodologies and how they apply to systems engineering.
  • An understanding of code review and familiarity with tools like GitHub and GitLab.
  • Experience using tools such as Grafana and Nagios to monitor systems, metrics, create custom checks,  and create dashboards.
  • Experience with stateless operating system technologies, concepts, and rollout
  • Experience participating in an open source community with patches accepted upstream.
  • Experience deploying and maintaining automated configuration management software such as Puppet.
  • Experience building custom packages for RHEL/CentOS using RPM.
  • Experience in common RAID schemes
  • Experience in storage benchmarking fundamentals and associated tools.
  • Ability to provide dedicated mentorship on diverse, complex, and abstract concepts
  • Experience with HPC parallel storage solutions like Lustre, GPFS, etc.


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


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 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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