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Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Information Technology/Computing | livermore, CA | 05/13/2024

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$132,810 - $170,556 Yearly at the SES.2 level

$159,330 - $204,636 yearly at the SES.3 level

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We're looking for a Linux Systems Architect to provide technical computer support for systems in a heterogeneous enterprise environment to solve a variety of moderately complex technical problems in a timely manner. This position is in the Information Technology Operations (ITO) Division supporting the Field Intelligence Element (FIE) within the Computing Directorate.

This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

You will 

  • Design, develop, and implement shared services, workflows and processes on premises (VMware), using containers (Docker/Kubernetes) and /or Cloud infrastructure including AWS (e.g., EC2, EBS, S3, etc.) or Azure.
  • Work cross-functionally to create and document requirements, develop, and deliver solutions.
  • Provide systems and public/private cloud expertise across the organization for addressing operational issues as well as supporting engineering activities.
  • Design, develop, and implement system applications and infrastructure services including hardware integration, configuration, and software development.
  • Modify and maintain existing operating systems, applications and infrastructure.
  • Define and document requirements for hardware and software upgrades on platform system components. 
  • Identify deficiencies in current system designs and recommend solutions.  Identify system scaling limitations and recommend and implement improvements.
  • Investigate, evaluate, and recommend emerging technologies to improve service, reduce cost, and improve scalability.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.3 level

  • Manage multiple advanced parallel tasks and priorities of customers and stakeholders to ensure deadlines are met, while leveraging team members’ skills.
  • Apply in-depth technical expertise to solve complex technical problems and develop solutions using judgment in determining methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria.
  • Develop tools and procedures to facilitate complex automation efforts as well as cross-platform/environment monitoring solutions.


  • This position requires an active Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance or active Top Secret clearance issued by another U.S. government agency at the time of hire. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Business Administration with a concentration in Computer Information Systems, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Experience with Linux fundamentals including TCP/IP networking and common infrastructure services (DNS, DHCP, SNMP, NTP, HTTP, LDAP, Kerberos, Radius, SMTP).
  • Experience with configuration management tools (Puppet, Chef, Ansible).
  • Experience with software performance tuning, configuration optimization, packaging (RPM), and systems integration.
  • Experience programming with scripting languages (e.g., Perl, Python, Shell, PHP).
  • Experience with virtualization technologies including hypervisors (e.g., Xen, KVM) containers (e.g., Docker, Kubernetes), and/or Public Cloud technologies (e.g., Azure/AW) including security, compliance, and automation. 
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information. 

Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level

  • Significant experience in all phases of the software development lifecycle.
  • Significant experience with security and configuration standards (CIS, STIGs or equivalent).
  • Experience as a technical project leader.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Professional Certifications (e.g., RedHat RHCSA, Ansible, AWS, SANS cyber security).
  • Experience maintaining clusters environments using Infrastructure as Code (IaC) approaches.
  • Support and troubleshoot cluster storage technologies, such as NFS, VastData and cloud storage solutions such as S3 buckets, or Luster.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Security Clearance

This position requires an active Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance or active Top Secret clearance issued by another U.S. government agency at time of hire.  Also, you must have the ability to obtain and maintain Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access.  Please note that your current active Q or Top Secret clearance with DOE or another agency does not guarantee DOE SCI access approval; if you are denied access, you may be subject to reinvestigation of your existing Q or Top Secret Clearance. 

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

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We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

We invite you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Reasonable Accommodation

Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory.  If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please use our online form to submit a request. 

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