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Date: Nov 22, 2020

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 2068 



The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) FIE and DOE-IN Programs division is seeking a talented Linux Systems Engineer.  This position reports to the manager of the Secure IT group.  The primary responsibility for this position is Linux system support, design, configuration and troubleshooting.  This position is also responsible for maintaining and growing a classified computing environment backed by high-speed interconnects and parallel file systems and requires a highly motivated and multifaceted individual who thrives on using a wide variety of skills to be part of a proactive, responsive and customer focused Secure Information Technology group supporting the National Security Sciences Directorate (NSSD) staff within the Oak Ridge Complex.



Major Duties/Responsibilities

The Linux Systems Engineer functions as part of an elite Information Technology team responsible for providing both server and system administration as well as computing systems support. This position will interface with the Department of Energy Headquarters (DOE HQ), Other Government Agencies (OGA's), and external customers to design, upgrade, maintain, and troubleshoot new and existing systems. Additional duties may require appointment as an Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO) for one or more classified systems requiring interpretation, coordination, documentation, and application of information system security requirements. Additional duties may include COMSEC Custodian, TEMPEST Coordinator, or Protected Transmission System (PTS) responsibilities.

  • Create, manage, automate and maintain Linux OS installation that meets organization compliance standards for both Workstations and Servers.
  • Work with the team to define and implement methodologies and standards within the organization.
  • Automate systems administration tasks utilizing open source configuration management tools.
  • 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 scheduled support and off-hours maintenance windows.
  • Coordinate with vendors to resolve hardware and software problems.



Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related field and at least 8 years of Linux experience, or combination of education and experience.
  • Strong scripting skills in shell, python, ruby or Perl.
  • Experience using configuration management tools (Ansible, Puppet, or similar technologies).



Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to use, build, extend and integrate with existing automation frameworks.
  • Expertise with parallel file systems and cluster operations.
  • Experience with any container orchestration framework.
  • Experience in a production environment using Ansible.
  • Previous work with HPC workflows.
  • Experience with RHEV, VMWare or other virtualization stacks.
  • Experience with GIT or equivalent version control tools.
  • Strong documentation skills.



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.


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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