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Windows and Linux Systems Engineer

Date: May 12, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8259 

Who are we looking for?

The Research and Development Systems Engineering (RDSE) Group in the Information Technology Services Division (ITSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) seeks to hire a talented Windows systems engineer to design, install, configure and maintain systems for multiple research projects.


Who are we?

Born in secrecy under the Manhattan project of World War II, ORNL has emerged as the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest open science and energy laboratory. Innovation at ORNL is powered by literally thousands of top tier scientists, engineers, and technicians with access to world class facilities including the world’s fastest supercomputer (Summit). We are engaging in open, peer reviewed, interdisciplinary research across multiple application domains from neutrons to biology, from nuclear to manufacturing, and nanophase to national security.


What will you be doing?

As a Windows and Linux Systems Engineer in the RDSE group, you will have the opportunity to work directly with scientists to provide for their IT needs.  As an IT professional you will help enable the research, while also protecting ORNL assets, data, and research discoveries. 

For this position, support will be primarily for the Physical Sciences directorate and other organizations as projects are established.  The Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) conducts highly integrated basic and applied research programs that develop new materials, chemical processes, and technologies for energy generation and storage and environmentally benign energy use. Our research encompasses foundational science in chemistry, materials science, nanoscience, and physics. 

While you will work as part of a larger team, your support will be for specific projects with one team member designated as backup. You may also be designated as backup for support to other projects.  The entire team is available when assistance is needed, whether reviewing proposed solutions or helping to troubleshoot.


Working at ORNL

ORNL has an innovative and fast paced culture that rewards open source software development, has a flexible work schedule, and very competitive pay with industry. On any given day, after listening to a talk from a Nobel Laureate, you can eat at two full-service cafés’, go to a spin class, or visit the full-service primary care clinic, all without leaving our campus.


Living in East Tennessee

It’s easy to overlook everything East Tennessee has to offer if you haven’t had the opportunity to spend time here. From spending your weekends downtown at Knoxville’s farmers market, the Rhythm n’ Blooms Music Festival, or the Dogwood Arts Festival, to some of the best hiking, kayaking, and camping in the U.S., not only in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park but all over the greater area, East Tennessee has something to offer everyone.


Job Activities

  • Design, install, configure, secure, and maintain Windows 2016/2019 systems, Hyper-V clusters, and application software in support of project needs
  • Install and configure Red Hat Linux Server systems.
  • Build out both physical and virtual systems.
  • Engineer and provide consultation for custom system solutions.
  • Provide consulting in the selection and purchase of hardware and software systems.
  • Manage backup services
  • Digitize all documentation
  • Assist Users with desktop and instrument issues across the facility
  • User account creation and password support
  • Maintain facility domain
  • Maintain SQL Server
  • Assist application developers and deploy their solutions
  • Approve, download, and apply Windows/Linux updates across the domain
  • Monitor for system issues
  • Troubleshoot system problems quickly and effectively
  • Develop and document system and service diagrams, procedures, and software build/install notes
  • Deploy with facility when needed
  • 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.


Basic Requirements:

  • BS in Information Technology (or related area) with a minimum of 5 years professional computing experience (or equivalent combination of education and experience)
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience managing Windows Systems
  • A minimum of 1 year of experience with Storage Administration
  • A minimum of 1 year working with Cisco Network Switches and Firewalls
  • Experience with creating scripts using BASH or other scripting languages is required.
  • Experience performing troubleshooting and system administration with Linux Servers and VMware Clusters.
  • VM administration experience
  • Understating of Windows Domain infrastructure
  • Experience with backup software (e.g., Altaro, Windows Backup)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills suitable for user support and ability to work well with peer system administrators is required
  • Must be able to work both independently and in a team environment
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to produce and maintain site documentation
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively to troubleshoot, perform root cause analysis, identify, and isolate technical issues in order to quickly and effectively resolve problems while providing timely status and progress reports to problem manager
  • Strong understanding of basic network theory
  • Be willing to deploy with facility


****Visa sponsorship is not available with this position


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Active Directory administration, including group policy
  • Ability to prepare simple documentation web pages
  • Experience with PowerShell
  • Experience working with servers using VLANs
  • Strong knowledge of Red Hat Linux operating systems is preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of open source web application services, such as Apache, is desired.


Benefits at ORNL:  

UT Battelle offers an exceptional benefits package to include matching 401K, Pension Plan, Paid Vacation and Medical / Dental plan. Onsite amenities include Credit Union, Medical Clinic and free Fitness facilities.   

For more information about our benefits, working here, and living here, visit the “About” tab at



UT Battelle offers a wide range of relocation benefits for individuals and families to make it easier to come and work here. If you are invited to interview, please ask your Recruiter about relocating with ORNL. 



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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