1+ months

Systems / DevOps Engineer

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California 94720
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

Systems / DevOps Engineer - 90289

Organization: NE-NERSC


Berkeley Lab’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC, https://www.nersc.gov/) is seeking a versatile Systems and DevOps Engineer to help build and manage our Linux systems infrastructure.


NERSC operates some of the world’s largest supercomputers and storage systems to solve today’s most challenging computational problems. Scientists worldwide conduct their projects here with sponsorship from the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. In this position, you’ll help build and manage systems that complement the supercomputing environment: web services, databases, container and virtual machine platforms, authentication, identity and access management, and others.


This is a great opportunity to learn about large-scale computational research while putting your systems engineering and DevOps skills to use. You’ll join a group of systems and software engineers who manage services coupled to the supercomputing environment and will work closely with many others throughout the organization on a variety of projects.


If you are interested in science, have systems management experience, and would enjoy working in a fast-paced, creative environment with a bright and diverse group of colleagues (not to mention a beautiful view from our building in the Berkeley Hills), we want to hear from you!


Key Responsibilities:

Work with other staff to build and manage Linux system and storage infrastructure

• Develop strategy in collaboration with other group members

• Troubleshoot and solve complex, highly technical problems

• Install, upgrade, and secure equipment and services

• Develop and refactor scripts and other code for automating systems management

• Coordinate project teams or other initiatives (such as the rollout of a new service or system, or a major equipment or software upgrade)

• Work with researchers to deploy services using our Kubernetes-based container cloud platform


Additional responsibilities as needed:

• Engage with colleagues at Berkeley Lab and other national research facilities to collaborate on shared solutions

• Present new developments at science conferences and industry meetings


How To Apply

Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.


Learn About Us:

Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities.  To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab- Click Here (https://hr.lbl.gov/).


Berkeley Lab (LBNL, http://www.lbl.gov/) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.


Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4 (https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/PayTransparencyNondiscrimination.html).  Click here (https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/ofccpost.htm) to view the poster: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law".


Required qualifications:

• Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience and a minimum of eight years of related experience

• Four or more years of experience managing Linux systems

• Experience installing, configuring, and securing web services (such as Apache, nginx, Tomcat, and others)

• Deep experience in at least one of the following areas of specialization:

   - container technologies (such as Docker or Kubernetes)

   - virtualization technologies

   - identity and access management

   - database administration, tuning, and troubleshooting

   - networked storage systems

   - backup technologies

• Familiarity with automated provisioning systems (such as Chef or Foreman)

• Familiarity with configuration management systems (such as Ansible or Puppet)

• Ability to work with users to interpret needs, exercise judgment, and develop sustainable solutions

• Keen technical problem-solving skills

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

• Creative, positive, and collaborative work style

• Ability to work both independently and in groups in an energetic, diverse environment

• Ability to coordinate projects

•  Participation in 24x7 on-call rotation


Additional desired qualifications: 

• Experience in additional areas of specialization, as listed above

• Experience in software engineering or complex scripting

• Experience managing network equipment


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.



• This is a full-time career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

• This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

• Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


Posted: 2020-05-22 Expires: 2020-07-21

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