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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Research Computing Linux IT Engineer (Remote OK) in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311616

Directorate: Communications and Information Technology

Division: Research Computing

Group: Automation and Engineering

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, Computing Infrastructure, Operations and Cloud Deployment Support, etc.), all while fostering a culture of computing through interdisciplinary collaboration and access to computational resources.

We are seeking a proven IT Engineer with Linux experience to join the existing team in providing IT Engineering and operational expertise in support of a diverse range of research projects. In this role, you will be responsible for implementing well engineered and supportable custom solutions while meeting Lab cyber and operational policies. These solutions will include hardware, peripherals, services, directories, security and storage aspects. In addition, you will be part of the team that maintains and operates a wide infrastructure base which supports many projects and missions of the various Laboratory sponsors. As needs and architectures evolve, some of these solutions will need to be migrated to public cloud providers. Therefore, your experience in supporting these platforms will be essential as you are involved in cloud migrations.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Implementing and operating configuration management processes and tools

  • Writing, Maintaining, improving Ansible playbooks for configuration management on heterogeneous systems.


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

Level II:

Applies engineering principles and theories in developing technical approaches to solve challenges. Receives guidance on new assignments, making preliminary selections on technical alternatives. Works independently on standard tasks. Defines and leads project work at a small task/project level, reporting results on time and on budget. Effectively teams and shares resources to optimize solutions. Mentors junior staff and students.

Level III:

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. 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.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA in a relevant field with 2 years of experience, MS/MA with 0-2 years of experience, PhD with 0 years of experience. A high school diploma or GED plus a minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of the required degree.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 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 high school diploma or GED plus a minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of the required degree.

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

  • Experience with Linux system monitoring and task management.

  • Experience with Ansible IT Automation tool

  • Experience with authentication schemes that support Linux, such as Kerberos, and LDAP.

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

  • Experience delivering projects via Agile methodologies

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

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.


  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.

  • Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.

Other Information

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

Directorate: Comm & Information Technology

Job Category: Computation and Information Sciences

Group: Automation and Engineering

Opening Date: 2021-02-05

Closing Date: 2021-03-06