Linux Systems Engineer

Date: Nov 15, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 11064 



The Research Mission Digital Delivery Division within the Information Technology Services Directorate at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking qualified applicants for a Linux Systems Engineer position in the Research and Development Systems Engineering group. The R&D Systems Engineering group exists to facilitate lab goals through systems engineering, integration, and support for the research community at ORNL. We run mid-range clusters, servers, workstations, and other services where science happens at the lab.


The Linux Systems Engineer is responsible for supporting the ORNL DAAC project ( This successful candidate will provide system deployment, automation, configuration management, monitoring, system patching and administration for both on-site systems and systems in Amazon Web Services (AWS).


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Patch and maintain Red Hat Linux servers.
  • Support and maintain FreeNAS Storage.
  • Administer and support Puppet automation.
  • Build project-specific RPMs as needed.
  • Work with other systems engineers and vendors to resolve hardware and software issues.
  • Install and configure software, both commercial packages and various open-source packages.
  • Develop scripts to automate project tasks, including system administration tasks.
  • Contribute to the design, deployment, and management of systems and services using Amazon Web Services to support project objectives.
  • Proactively ensure the protection of system confidentiality, integrity, and availability.
  • Ensure systems remain in compliance with relevant cybersecurity policies.
  • Off hours support may be required.
  • Deliver ORNL’s mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace – in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in information technology or related technical field and two years of Linux System Administration experience (RHEL experience preferred). An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of NAS Storage Administration experience.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of system configuration management with automated tools (Puppet experience preferred).
  • A minimum of two (2) years of VMware experience


Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in any of these areas is useful and should be highlighted in the resume and/or cover letter. 

  • Five years of Red Hat Linux System Administration experience.
  • Previous experience working with Amazon Web Services (AWS).
  • Experience building, deploying, and supporting VMware environments.
  • Experience building, deploying, and managing Docker containers.
  • Experience supporting Globus.
  • Experience building RPM packages.
  • Practical experience with using scripting for automation, with bash, Python, and perl preferred.
  • Previous experience working in a government, scientific, or other highly technical environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills suitable for user support and ability to work well with peer system administrators.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills.


Special Requirements:

  • Visa Sponsorship: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


Benefits at ORNL:  

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain talented people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible work hours, to help you and your family live happy and healthy. Employee amenities such as on-site fitness, banking, and cafeteria facilities are also provided for convenience.


Other benefits include: Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Contributory Pension Plan, Life Insurance, Pet Insurance, Disability Benefits, Generous Vacation and Holidays, Parental Leave, Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection, Employee Assistance Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Wellness Programs, Educational Assistance, Relocation Assistance, and Employee Discounts.




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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