Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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HPC Storage Systems Engineer, Associate Technical Staff Member


The HPC Storage and Archive Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking a highly motivated Storage Systems Engineer to play a key role in the administration and support of massive parallel distributed filesystems, along with the accompanying storage subsystems and underlying Infiniband and Fibre-channel based SAN infrastructure.

The HPC Storage and Archive Group administers and supports high-speed parallel file systems and archive capabilities, which support the overall mission of leadership-class and scalable computing programs.

This position will be part of the HPC Systems Section within National Center for Computational Sciences Division (NCCS).The HPC Systems Section administers and supports the division’s computing, networking, and storage systems.

The NCCS provides state-of-the-art computational and data science infrastructure, coupled with dedicated technical and scientific professionals, to accelerate scientific discovery and engineering advances across a broad range of disciplines. NCCS hosts the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, one of DOE’s National User Facilities.

The National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) at Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), which hosts several of the world’s most powerful compute and storage systems, is seeking highly qualified individuals to play a key role in improving the security, performance, functionality, and reliability of the NCCS storage infrastructure.  This includes supporting storage system infrastructure for multiple highly ranked Top500 Supercomputers, including the world’s first exaflop system, Frontier.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • The application of systems analysis techniques and procedures, including consulting with users/customers, to determine hardware, software or system functional specifications
  • The design, development, documentation, analysis, creation, testing, optimization, or modification of computer systems or programs, including prototypes, based on and related to user or system design specifications
  • The design, documentation, testing, automation, creation, or modification of computer programs or complex tasks related to machine operations
  • Work with the team to define and implement best practices and standards within the organization
  • Diagnose system operational problems quickly and effectively
  • Participate in an on-call rotation providing 24-hour, 7-day support and off-hours maintenance windows
  • Coordinate with vendors to resolve hardware and software problems

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in computer science or closely related field.
  • 2+ years of relevant experience.
  • Prior experience managing Linux/UNIX operating systems in a heterogeneous environment.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

Special Requirement:

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills, and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Working knowledge of Linux system fundamentals and common network protocols and technologies like TCP/IP, InfinBand, and Fibre-channel
  • Understanding of networked computing environment concepts
  • Ability to develop and maintain programs and scripts that aid in the operation and automation of administrative tasks using various shell and scripting languages
  • Ability to identify requirements and to define, plan, and implement requisite solutions
  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize tasks, and complete assigned projects with minimal supervision
  • Understands concepts of continuous integration and continuous deployment software methodologies and how they apply to systems engineering
  • An understanding of code review and familiarity with tools like GitHub and GitLab.
  • Experience using tools such as Grafana and Nagios to monitor systems, metrics, and create dashboards.
  • Understanding of storage design principles
  • Ability to understand and explain/train peers on abstract concepts

Benefits at ORNL:

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain talented people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible work hours, to help you and your family live happy and healthy. Employee amenities such as on-site fitness, banking, and cafeteria facilities are also provided for convenience.

Other benefits include:

Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Contributory Pension Plan, Life Insurance, Disability Benefits, Generous Vacation and Holidays, Parental Leave, Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection, Employee Assistance Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Wellness Programs, Educational Assistance, Relocation Assistance, and Employee Discounts.


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.