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Linux Systems Engineer

Date: May 14, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 7366 


The Information Technology Services Division in the Business 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 ARM project.  As a Linux Systems Engineer, you will be performing Linux Server and Large Storage System support. You will help maintain system health and provide system analysis to the customer. You will document any work done in accordance with the customer’s direction. In addition to Linux system support, you will also be performing work supporting CI/CD processes, Kubernetes administration and container administration.  


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

There are various technical tasks that will need to be performed in this role. Some of these tasks can include: 

  • Troubleshoot various Linux server related issues. 
  • Provide NAS system support. 
  • Install and configure Red Hat Linux Server systems. 
  • Build out both physical and virtual systems. 
  • Engineer and provide consultation for custom system solutions. 
  • Manage, analyze, and tune VMware Clusters. 
  • Work with Developers to maintain customer applications. 
  • Perform system upgrades. 
  • Ensure Backups are completed and assist in any recoveries if needed. 
  • Document all required work as required by customer. 
  • Provide advanced Linux Support as needed. 
  • Monitor system performance. 
  • Kubernetes (k8s) configuration and management. 
  • Assisting with CI/CD projects. 
  • Container Administration. 
  • Install, configure, and maintain system software, both commercial packages and various freely available software (including Apache, MySQL, Postgres, PHP, ZFS, etc.). 
  • Patch both system and 3rd party vendor software to ensure security and stability. Monitor for patch releases and work with the customers and other admins to ensure the patches are applied in a timely manner. 
  • Provide consulting in both the selection and purchase of hardware and software. 
  • Ensure the secure and effective operation of computing systems through compliance with ORNL procedures and IT Internal Operating Procedures. 
  • Work with other system engineers and vendors to resolve both hardware and software issues. 
  • Work with local bargaining unit personnel on hardware installation and hardware repairs where it is outside the scope of a vendor. 


Basic Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science (or related field) and minimum of 5 years relevant experience, or equivalent of education and experience will be considered. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills suitable for user support and the ability to work well with peer system administrators is required. 
  • Minimum of 5 years Linux Server administration. 
  • Minimum of 2 years container administration. 
  • Minimum of 2 years of Kubernetes administration. 
  • Minimum of 2 years of CI/CD experience. 
  • Demonstrated capabilities to work in a dynamic environment. 
  • Good written and verbal communication skills. 


Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Strong knowledge of Red Hat Linux operating systems is preferred. 
  • At least 2 years of GitLab administration experience. 
  • At least 2 years supporting NAS storage systems. 
  • At least 2 years supporting VMware Clusters. 
  • At least 2 years of experience creating scripts using BASH and Python. 
  • Strong knowledge of open-source web application services, such as Apache, is desired. 
  • Previous experience working in a government, scientific or other highly technical environment strongly desired. 
  • Good documentation skills are also desired. 


This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a HSPD-12 PIV credential. 


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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