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HPC Storage Systems Engineer

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Date: Nov 17, 2020

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4284 


<span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Overview: 


<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">The HPC Storage and Archive Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking a highly motivated Storage Systems Engineer <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">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.

<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">The HPC Storage and Archive Group <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">administers and supports high-speed parallel file systems and archive capabilities, which support the overall mission of leadership-class and scalable computing programs.

<span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">This position will be part of the HPC Systems Section within National Center for Computational Sciences Division (NCCS).<span style="border:none windowtext 1.0pt; font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">The HPC Systems Section <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">administers and supports the division’s computing, networking, and storage systems.

<span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">The NCCS <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">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.

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<span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Major Duties/Responsibilities:


  • <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Work with the team to define and implement best practices and standards within the organization
  • <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Automate systems administration tasks utilizing open source configuration management tools
  • <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Tune operating systems and applications to increase performance and reliability of services
  • <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Diagnose system operational problems quickly and effectively
  • <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Document system administration procedures for routine and complex tasks
  • <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Participate in an on-call rotation providing 24-hour, 7-day support and off-hours maintenance windows
  • <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Coordinate with vendors to resolve hardware and software problems


<span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Basic Qualifications:


  • <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Bachelor’s Degree in computer science or closely related field.  An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
  • <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">A minimum of 2 years of experience managing Linux/UNIX operating systems in a heterogeneous environment.


<span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Preferred Qualifications:


  • <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Excellent interpersonal/communication skills, and the ability to work as part of a team
  • <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Strong working knowledge of Linux system fundamentals and common network protocols and technologies like TCP/IP, InfinBand, and Fibre-channel
  • <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Solid understanding of networked computing environment concepts
  • <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Ability to develop and maintain programs and scripts that aid in the operation and automation of administrative tasks using various shell and scripting languages.
  • <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Ability to identify requirements and to define, plan, and implement requisite solutions
  • <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Ability to plan, organize, prioritize tasks, and complete assigned projects with minimal supervision
  • <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Experience with continuous integration and continuous deployment software methodologies and how they apply to systems engineering.
  • <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">An understanding of code review and familiarity with tools like GitHub and GitLab.
  • <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Experience using tools such as Grafana and Nagios to monitor systems, metrics, and create dashboards.
  • <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Experience participating in an open source community with patches accepted upstream.
  • <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Experience deploying and maintaining automated configuration management software such as Puppet.
  • <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Experience building custom packages for RHEL/CentOS using RPM.
  • <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Experience in common RAID schemes
  • <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Experience in tape library, drive, and media technologies and associated software
  • <span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Experience in storage benchmarking fundamentals and associated tools.



<span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Special Requirement:


<span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">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.


<span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Benefits at ORNL


<span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">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.   


<span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Relocation 


<span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Relocation to the Knoxville/Oak Ridge, TN area is a requirement for this position.

<span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">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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