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Task Lead, HPC Clusters Group

Date: Jun 26, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8128 


The HPC Custers Group in the National Center of Computational Sciences Division (NCCS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking a highly motivated, customer-centric, and operationally minded individual to coordinate technical activities, customer communication, and product delivery.  As a Task Lead, this role requires a high degree of interpersonal communication with internal stakeholders, external customers, partners, and vendors to orchestrate the delivery of high-quality, technical solutions.  The environments managed by the HPC Clusters Group is comprised of multiple tenants performing research and analytics with both Open and Moderate level and HIPAA data for various projects clients.  This high-performance parallel compute environment and array of specialized computational appliances provide rare capabilities in data, such as graph analytics and deep learning vital to a variety of medical research. These computational services are backed by high-speed interconnects, parallel filesystems, and a distributed object store. The individual will work with the internal and external teams, both maintaining existing services and contributing to the design and rollout of new services for the various research projects for HPC environments.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

You will work closely with the line management of NCCS to manage the milestones of the research, development, and production projects within the HPC customer portfolio. You will manage the scope, schedule, and cost of the various projects within the constraints of the available resources and the operational environment. You will have a direct interface with the project/program sponsor and department oversight personnel, responding to requests for information, reporting on progress, leading review meetings, and generating regular sponsor reports. You will champion new initiatives and lead strategic planning activities to enhance and grow the HPC customer portfolio. Additional interfaces will be with principal investigators, project controls, and financial management. This position’s responsibility will include:

  • Promote a safety-first oriented culture of continuous improvement
  • Provide project and technical oversight, in collaboration with division and directorate leadership, to strategically advance the HPC portfolio at ORNL
  • Establish and communicate milestones and goals to technical leadership, and participate in planning to ensure that the executed work aligns with the scope, schedule, and budget
  • Interface with the directorate operations staff to plan and optimize the utilization of resources
  • Provide leadership and mentoring to technical contributors, to support their growth as engineering contributors
  • Build strong teams across ORNL and identify opportunities for collaboration between program sponsors
  • Communicate and collaborate with other partners and vendors supporting HPC programs
  • Identify and help develop new projects and initiatives that leverage ORNL facilities and resources
  • Develop and monitor project risk register and develop proactive steps to mitigate risk
  • Exemplify a commitment to “One ORNL” by modeling lab expectations for excellence in research, operations, and community engagement, and by working cooperatively to leverage capabilities across the lab


Basic Qualifications:

  • This position requires a B.S. in computer science or other technical field with a minimum of 8-year experience, or a master’s degree with 7+ years of experience.  An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
  • 2+ years of managing delivery of technical projects in research and development, within a large, multiprogram environment.
  • Demonstrated experience leading multi-functional teams
  • Familiarity with project management tools such as Microsoft Project
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with proven ability to successfully interact with internal and external project stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever-changing needs.
  • A strong understanding of and application experience with the principles of project management


 Preferred Qualifications:

   Project Management Professional (PMP) certification

  • Experience in operations management in an HPC environment
  • Experience translating projects from research and development to the operations environment


 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 Program (WSAP) testing designed position that requires passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program in which employees are subject to being randomly selected for testing. The occupant of this position will also be subject to an ongoing requirement to report to ORNL any drug-related arrest or conviction or receipt of a positive drug test result.

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, and fitness facilities.


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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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