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DevOps Application Administrator

Date: Sep 3, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 6496 




The Company


The National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking highly qualified individuals to play a key role in improving the security, performance, and reliability of the NCCS computing operations and applications. The NCCS is a leadership computing facility providing high performance computing resources for tackling scientific grand challenges.


The Team


The Platforms group is tasked with architecting and running our Kubernetes platform called Slate which provides a service to NCCS users and staff to develop, manage, and deliver their own applications that integrate with NCCS HPC resources.


We strive to provide the best Kubernetes service for both our internal staff as well as our scientific users. We achieve this goal in part by dogfooding and we use Kubernetes to run all of our own internal services we support. We have great opportunities to work with other staff helping them develop their applications on the platform as well as working with our outstanding scientific community as we bring Kubernetes to the HPC world.


We are at the intersection of container orchestration and HPC, come help us build the bridge.


About you


We are looking for an application administrator who can deploy, manage, and support both COTS and in-house applications on Kubernetes and will work with users to customize applications to suit business needs. You are a great team player and can work to implement established team best practices. You enjoy monitoring applications that you support, knowing that good monitoring can help reduce both application downtime and performance debugging. You may have used infrastructure as code tools such as Puppet, Terraform, or Helm. You probably have some experience with Kubernetes.


Tools we use: Kubernetes, OpenShift, Helm, Prometheus, RHEL, GitLab CI, Terraform, Puppet, Python, Golang


Major Duties/Responsibilities


  • Participate in an on-call rotation for off-hours support
  • Deploy, manage, and support both COTS and in-house applications on Kubernetes
  • Work with users to customize and adapt applications based on business needs
  • Automate administration procedures for routine and complex tasks
  • Coordinate with vendors to resolve software problems
  • Write awesome documentation


Basic Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific field or equivalent experience.


Preferred Qualifications


  • Prior experience as an SRE, Systems Administrator or Systems Engineer.
  • Previous experience with Puppet, Terraform, Helm, or Kubernetes.


***Visa Sponsorship is Not Available for this position.


Benefits at ORNL


UT-Battelle offers a quality benefits package, including a matching 401(k), contributory pension plan, paid vacation, and medical/dental plan options. Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, coffee stands, and fitness facilities.   





UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.
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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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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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