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Infrastructure Linux Engineer

Date: Oct 15, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 6186 

The Information Technology Services Division in the Business Services Directorate at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking qualified applicants for an Infrastructure Linux Engineer on the Enterprise Infrastructure Services Team. This team exists to provide compute and storage infrastructure for the enterprise operations of the Lab. This position will assist in the engineering of ORNL’s private research cloud as well as other day-to-day Linux related projects and tasks.


Major Duties/Responsibilities

Primary duties include:

  • Create custom metrics and dashboards to measure utilization and performance
  • Assist with ongoing documentation of cloud environments
  • Build and customize containers for both operations and scientific research needs
  • Linux package repository management, creation, and customization
  • Install, configure, customize, and maintain Linux software including basic support for scientific software
  • Work with research staff and other engineers to solve issues related to use of the cloud
  • Linux system performance tuning and optimization
  • Deploy new Linux systems into on-premises cloud environment
  • Build custom cloud ready Linux images with site specific customizations 
  • Standardize workflows utilizing DevOps best practices
  • Use of configuration management to enforce standardization of environment
  • Plan and achieve quarterly goals for effective data center and application health lifecycle
  • Provide technical consulting in the selection and purchase of hardware and software systems
  • Ensure the secure and effective operation of computing systems through compliance with ORNL procedures and IT Internal Operating Procedures and backups
  • Provide off hours support during maintenance windows and on-call support rotation
  • Develop and document team processes
  • Provide suggestions for process improvement and implement when required



Qualifications Required

  • Bachelor's degree in Information Technology or related technical subjects and five plus years of experience (or an equivalent combination of education and experience)
  • Experience managing a virtualized environment including tuning and maintenance
  • Extensive experience with the Linux Server Platform
  • Experience with on premises or public cloud platforms
  • Basic Networking experience including Software Defined Networking technologies
  • Basic knowledge of network attached storage methods (SMB, NFS, iSCSI, SAN, etc.)
  • Ability to script in shell or Python for system automation and integration
  • Excellent interpersonal skills suitable for user support and ability to work well with peer system administrators
  • A strong preference towards automation of system administration tasks
  • Ability to time manage and prioritize projects
  • Good documentation skills
  • Root cause analysis of technical issues.



Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with on premises cloud native platforms (VMware, Openstack, Apache Cloudstack and others)
  • Basic understanding of network communication and demonstrated troubleshooting techniques
  • Strong knowledge of multiple current operating systems
  • Previous experience working in a government, scientific, or academic environment
  • Demonstrated ability to perform job tasks while considering cyber security risk of those tasks, and consulting with security professionals when necessary.
  • Basic understanding of orchestration and automation design
  • Understanding of high-performance storage design.
  • Knowledge of enterprise class server/storage hardware
  • Experience in an environment requiring change control processes
  • Good written and verbal communication skills, in English.
  • Ability to work in a group and alone on various projects


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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