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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory IT Engineer - Systems Administrator in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311225

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Environmental & Molecular Sciences

Group: Computing Analytics & Modeling

Job Description

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) seeks a systems administrator with experience in supporting scientific computational platforms and technologies. The EMSL is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science user facility that provides innovative and breakthrough experimental and computational science that addresses DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) programs by providing access to more than 75 state-of-the-art instrumental and high-performance computing capabilities. EMSL users address some of the most important molecular-to-mesoscale challenges relevant to DOE missions.

The candidate should have experience with medium- to large-scale datacenter operations, commensurate systems administration skills, and familiarity with data management and the FAIR principles. The position requires an ability and willingness to work with EMSL users, EMSL staff, and PNNL colleagues to support scientific computational services. The candidate must therefore be adept at collaborating with interdisciplinary technical teams through strong communication, interpersonal, and technical skills and experience in addition to be willing to assist domain-expert researchers with a variety of computational experience. The candidate will also support to research in areas important to EMSL and PNNL. EMSL’s computational approach is broad-ranging and cutting-edge. We’re looking to expand our team to support the growing needs of our researchers and users, and there are myraid ways to contribute.

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.

  • Selects and develops technical approaches on assignments with occasional oversight on complex problems. Takes initiative on projects or tasks, while integrating capabilities of work team members. Supports scoping, scheduling, and budgeting at a project or major task leveCollaborate with researchers on the development and innovative application of advanced computational services, supporting novel data analysis , visual analytics, or other computational techniques in service to research problems relevant to DOE-BER missions.

Discipline, principal job duties/expectations, and qualitative and quantitative measures of performance that exceed the Functional Descriptor:

  • Linux systems administration

  • Understanding of networking principles and operations

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 5 years of experience, or

  • MS/MA with 3 years of experience, or

  • PhD with 1 year of experience

Preferred Qualifications

Some combination of:

  • Experience with container orchestration technologies such as Kubernetes, as well as the ecosystem of technologies commonly used in modern orchestration stacks, such as Ceph, Helm, Docker, Podman, Keycloak, etc.

  • Experience in data management and scientific computing, including data warehousing, workflow development, and automation, including common toolsets such as Globus and HPSS.

  • Experience in HPC systems administration, including deployment tools like xCAT, Chef, and Ansible; resource management and scheduler tools such as Slurm; parallel filesystems such as Lustre and BeeGFS.

  • Bonus: some experience with software development tools and methodology, especially continuous integration/continuous deployment platforms like GitLab-CI and Jenkins.

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.

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Comput Analytics & Modeling

Opening Date: 2020-09-22

Closing Date: 2020-10-22