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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory IT Engineer - Network Architect/Administrator in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311128

Directorate: Communications and Information Technology

Division: Technology Services and Operations

Group: Network and Communications

Job Description

Applies engineering and technical principles to the design and development of computer networks, cyber security infrastructure, telecommunications, information technology systems and tools, and database systems. Analyzes, installs, integrates, modifies, and supports all associated systems, networks, software, and databases. Plans and conducts projects after analysis of functional and operational requirements. May consult with and lead cross-functional teams

Develop and maintain the high-level design plan for the overall logical and technical network architecture. Provide technical leadership and consulting across the organization, from strategic decision making down to the project planning level. Responsible for gaining organizational commitment for all high-level network infrastructure plans, and initiate and participate in projects to evaluate technologies and methods for implementing these plans. Participate in the operational support of network infrastructure as required within a team of Network Engineers.


  • Collaborate with other architects while ensuring development of and compliance to established system reference architectures, compliance to regulations and security policies

  • Define standards and best practices, and authors and maintains roadmap strategy documentation

  • Provide technical leadership and direction in all areas of networking ranging from routing, switching, load balancing, wireless network, VoIP, VPN, MPLS, WAN strategy, IP management and addressing (i.e. DHCP, DNS, IPAM, etc.), cloud and virtual networking (VMware and NSX), and network security

  • Develop and maintain Enterprise level architecture design, configuration and management systems for campus and Wide Area Network infrastructure

  • Function as a Tier-4 escalation point during major outages or critical downtime windows

  • Provide technical expertise in ensuring the electronic communication is secure

  • Write procedures and documentation for processes to aid in troubleshooting and review

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

Bachelor's degree with 5 years of experience, Master's degree with 3 years of experience, or PhD with 1 year of experience. A minimum of 13 years of relevant work experience may be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's degree with 7 years of experience, Master's degree with 5 years of experience, or PhD with 3 years of experience. A minimum of 13 years of relevant work experience may be considered.

  • Cisco CCNP or equivalent Certification

  • Experience with network architecture, design and administration using Cisco Nexus systems

  • At least 6 years’ experience in enterprise network design and implementation

  • CCIE Certification.

  • VXLAN overlay-network design and implementation

  • Experience with network automation tools (i.e. Ansible, NetConf, REST, etc.)

  • Experience managing and supporting F5 load balancers

  • Experience managing and supporting Palo Alto Firewalls

  • DNS Management and Infoblox System management and support

  • CWNP and/or CWNE Certifications

  • CCISP Certification

  • Experience building AWS and/or Azure software defined networks and designs.

  • Exceptional communicator with both technical and nontechnical audiences

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate effectively in cross-functional teams

  • Demonstrated ability to solve challenging technical problems with innovative solutions

  • A focus on customer satisfaction and high-quality service delivery

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 participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before 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.

Directorate: Comm & Information Technology

Job Category: Computation and Information Sciences

Group: Networking & Communications

Opening Date: 2020-08-26

Closing Date: 2020-11-24