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High Performance Computing System Engineer

Entry Level | Full-time
Information Technology/Computing | livermore, CA | 08/23/2022

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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 essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Job Description

We have an opening for a High Performance Computing (HPC) System Engineer to support one of the largest supercomputer centers in the world.  You will work in a challenging and team-oriented environment supporting Livermore Computing’s (LC) high performance computing clusters. You will apply fundamental knowledge of HPC systems and contribute to technical projects using creativity and imagination.  This position is in the Livermore Computing Division 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.

In this role you will 

  • Administer and deploy multiple Linux-based HPC, Infrastructure and Parallel file system servers and clusters.
  • Contribute to the deployment, configuration, and management of high-speed cluster fabrics for computer and storage networks.
  • Conduct installations of software releases, patches of the operating system, and third-party utilities with emphasis on overall system security.
  • Improve the quality of service for end users working with system administrators, Hotline, and Operations staff.
  • Analyze, diagnose, and respond to system problems and user questions in person, via email and trouble ticket system, while collaborating with other team members.
  • Troubleshoot and determine root cause of system issues with limited complexity.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.2 level

  • Manage and deploy multiple RAID controllers and disk enclosures systems.
  • Analyze performance and implement moderately complex strategies to improve the operation and efficiency of the computer, network, file system, and disk sub-systems.
  • Develop and maintain programs and scripts that aid in the operation and automation of administrative tasks.

Qualifications

  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Fundamental experience with Linux/Unix systems including installation, configuration, networking, backups, updates and patching, and system security.
  • Understanding of programming and scripting languages, such as, C/C++, Java, Perl, Python, and bash/csh/ksh.
  • Experience with version control and configuration management systems, such as, git, Ansible, and cfengine.
  • Experience with disk and storage systems, such as, host based RAID controllers, software RAID and vendor RAID systems.
  • Experience with virtualization environments, such as KVM and VMware vSphere ESXi 6.7/7.x.
  • Experience using and developing solutions and plugins for host monitoring systems, such a,s Splunk or Nagios.
  • Sufficient communication and interpersonal skills necessary to effectively work with members of the system administration group, application developers, LC staff, and end users.
  • Ability to serve on a rotating off-hours on-call list.

Additional qualifications at the SES.2 level

  • Comprehensive knowledge of HPC environments and HPC technologies, such as, Infiniband, Slurm, Lustre.
  • Experience with local, parallel, and distributed file systems, such as, Ext4, XFS, NFS, ZFS, Lustre and GPFS.
  • Ability to work with limited direction in a dynamic environment with competing priorities.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science or related field.
  • Experience developing software with C/C++ or Python within Linux or UNIX environments.
  • Experience with Container technologies (e.g., singularity, docker, podman) and Kubernetes,

Additional Information

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

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2022 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

Security Clearance

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.  If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing candidates and employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. We value and hire a diverse workforce as it is a vital component of our culture and success. 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.

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

Reasonable Accommodation

At LLNL, 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 submit a request via our online form

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