Research Software Release Coordinator

Date: May 24, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 10825 



The Information Technology Services Division in the Business Services Directorate at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking qualified applicants for a Research Software Release Coordinator 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.


Our Team:

The DevOps Team is responsible for facilitating the delivery, operation and monitoring of developed applications for R&D projects.  We work as team to provide deployment, automation, monitoring, and management tool infrastructure for researchers and their projects. We advocate and promote DevOps practices to researchers who develop code as a part of their project.  We operate within an Agile Scrum workflow and work with researchers to provide automation solutions.


Our Stack and Workflow:

  • Work planning and documentation - Jira/Confluence
  • Code repository, CI/CD - Gitlab
  • Configuration and Package Management – Helm, Ansible, Spack
  • Container System/Orchestration – Apptainer, Kubernetes, Rancher
  • Monitoring, Analytics and Visualization - Prometheus, Grafana, Elasticsearch, Checkmk
  • Other technologies utilized/supported include, but aren’t limited to Rook/Ceph, Selenium, nginx, Guard, and Checkmarx depending on program needs


What does our ideal teammate look like and what will you be doing?

We aim to enhance research excellence and enable seamless delivery at ORNL by partnering with research organizations. Our success is measured by the additional capabilities, cost savings, and optimizations we provide to our research partners. To achieve this, we are expanding our team and offering new capabilities. Our goal is to allow researchers to focus on their projects rather than IT concerns.


As part of this role, you will directly collaborate with a research team to develop a suite of applications. You will provide support for continuous integration and delivery, configuration management, and release management throughout the software development lifecycle. Your responsibilities will involve coordinating with the team to identify and address priorities, conflicts, dependencies, and risks associated with releases, while ensuring adherence to proper processes.


Additionally, you will work closely with the HPC engineering team to optimize solutions for performance and scalability in HPC environments. Collaboration with colleagues across the organization will be essential to ensure the delivery of secure solutions in compliance with Internal Operating Procedures.


All team members contribute to 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.


This position will require regular on-site presence. We optimize our workflows and monitoring solutions to take advantage of our 24/7 operations staff, which significantly reduces the need for off-hours support. We also offer a flexible work schedule and utilize Email, Jira, Confluence, Teams, Slack, and other collaboration solutions to stay in contact.


Not sure you meet all the qualifications? Let us decide! Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend to not apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when in fact, they often do!  We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.


Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 3 years’ experience managing software development life cycle SDLC processes.
  • Experience utilizing configuration management and automation tools such as Git, Jenkins, Ansible, Puppet, or other CI/CD pipeline tools.
  • Moderate fluency in C/C++ and Python and the usage of different compilers including cmake.
  • Experience documenting and producing build/release documents.
  • Experience utilizing package managers for software build processes such as Anaconda and Spack.
  • Technical documentation skills.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience developing tools for use on multiple operating systems.
  • Experience with automated code review tools such as Sonarqube or Checkmarx.
  • Experience building, utilizing and running containers in a Linux environment.
  • Experience with performance and diagnostic tools for benchmarking, analysis and tuning of systems, networking, and storage.
  • 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 peers.
  • Demonstrated ability to balance complex research and security requirements.


Special Requirements:

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



Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. 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.


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.

We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

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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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