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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Cloud Engineer - Research Computing (Remote OK) in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311497

Directorate: Communications and Information Technology

Division: Research Computing

Group: S&T Engagement

Job Description

Research Computing advances scientific discovery by providing researchers computational tools to accelerate their research outcomes. We support computationally enabled science by providing researchers access to computational building blocks (e.g., HPC, Machine Learning environments, Data Management Tools etc.). We also provide services, expertise and support to researchers to optimize their use of our capabilities (e.g., HPC Consulting, Cloud Deployment Support, etc.), all while fostering a culture of computing through interdisciplinary collaboration and access to computational resources.

We are seeking a proven and experienced Cloud Engineer to develop solutions in Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and/or Amazon Web Service (AWS). In this role, you will leading all stages of the engineering process, from vision casting to prospective projects, supporting proposals, soliciting requirements, leading the architecture, design, and implementation of varied solutions to meet a broad range of science and engineering programs and initiatives.

As a part of our growing cloud team, you will work closely with our driven engineers. Helping resolve issues and answering questions for existing projects, influencing the strategy to better support existing and future projects and how to leverage the ever-growing cloud capabilities to drive the Lab’s research activities.

You will provide technical leadership within a dynamic and growing team, developing strategies to leverage the comparative benefits of the different cloud providers to Program Managers, collaborating across numerous scientific and engineering domains. You will perform architecture assessments and develop project and program strategies and implement secure and innovative solutions that delight the project sponsors.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Building a collaborative community across PNNL, to share ideas, solutions, and opportunities around the cloud space

  • Sharing the latest technologies and features available across the cloud providers to varied audiences and understanding where these technologies will shine.

  • Amplifying your impact by developing team members around you.

  • Providing self-service and frictionless cloud delivery leveraging infrastructure as code (IaC) utilizing Puppet Enterprise, Ansible, Chef , Terraform Builds automated CI/CD deployment frameworks.

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

IT Engineer level 3:

Selects and develops technical approaches on assignments with occasional oversight on complex problems. Principal investigator or co-PI on projects or tasks, while integrating capabilities of work team members. Supports scoping, scheduling, and budgeting at a project or major task level. Generates new ideas for proposals and business development opportunities while leading development of technical section of small to medium proposals. Serves as a role model for quality, safety, and security. Makes key contributions in setting technical direction. Builds effective project teams with membership across a group, S&E domain and/or directorate. Contributes to the local organization through mentorship of junior staff and taking on operational assignments.

IT Engineer level 4:

Selects and develops technical approaches to complex challenges. Principal investigator or co-PI on multiple or significantly complex, and/or high risk projects or tasks and/or involving multiple tasks, capabilities, and organizations. Develops, and realizes new significant project opportunities, leading the development of technical sections of large proposals. Takes lead in scope, schedule, and budget for projects or large tasks. Serves as a role model for quality, safety, and security. May contribute to directorate level operational improvement activities. Leading organizational teams that proactively identify and promote new capabilities within a division and S&E domain, and advance the directorate strategy. Mentoring staff and peers across directorate. Leading through operational assignments that benefit the group and directorate.

Minimum Qualifications

  • For Level 3 - BS/BA in a relevant field with 5 years of experience MS/MA with 3 years of experience PhD with 1 year of experience. A minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of the required degree.

  • For Level 4 - BS/BA in a relevant field with 7 years of experience MS/MA with 5 years of experience PhD with 3 years of experience. A minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of the required degree.

  • 5+ Years of experience in system in design/architecture of related technologies

  • 3+ Years of experience with IaaS and PaaS design/architecture.

  • Proven Experience deploying virtual infrastructure using Azure, AWS or GCP services

  • Proven experience with Python, or Java.

  • Proven experience with container platforms (Kubernetes, Docker, etc. )

  • Based on client and project requirements, US citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with CI/CD via Atlassian/ Gitlab Experience working in a DevOps environment

  • Experience delivering projects via Agile methodologies

  • Extensive Azure Resource Manager, AWS Compute Optimizer, or GCP Cloud Deployment Manager

  • Demonstrated Python/Shell/Powershell experience deploying Infrastructure services as code (IaC)

  • Experience system administration on various OS’s (RHEL/Ubuntu/Windows).

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Other Information

Due to business needs and client space, US Citizenship is required:

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is subject to the Department of Energy Unclassified Foreign Visits & Assignment Program site, information, technologies, and equipment access requirements.

Other Information

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment: Complexities related to the position, working environment, special challenges, etc.:

The ability to work remotely/telework is an option for this position

Directorate: Comm & Information Technology

Job Category: Computation and Information Sciences

Group: S&T Engagement

Opening Date: 2020-12-30

Closing Date: 2021-01-29