Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Linux Systems Administrator

Location: Livermore, CA
Category: Technicians/IT
Organization: Computation
Posting Requirement: External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 102644
Job Code: Systems & Network Associate (393.1) / Systems & Network Sr Associate (393.2)
Date Posted: August 10 2017

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Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have an opening for a Linux Systems Administrator to provide advanced technical computer support for systems in a heterogeneous environment to solve a variety of complex technical problems in a timely manner.  This position is in the Computer Systems Support (CSS) Division matrixed to the Global Security (GS) Computer Support Unit (CSU) in the Computation Directorate.

This position will be filled at either the 393.1 or 393.2 level depending on your qualifications.  Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Manage the operations of the Linux storage environments.
- Perform Linux installations, configurations, upgrades and ongoing maintenance activities on bare metal hardware and virtual environments, installation of software releases, patches of the operation system and utilities, third-party products, and open source software.
- Perform installation of software releases, patches of operating systems and utilities, third-party products, and open source software.
- Support data and process migration between internal systems.
- Support cross platform authentication and application deployment e.g. (Active Directory, Dell-Quest Authentication, and Docker).
- Manage Puppet infrastructure, distributing and enforcing standard configurations.
- Collaborate with management, customers, and team members to evaluate and recommend procurements of Linux hardware and software.
- Implement, support, and maintain multi-platforms, including Splunk, Nagios and other performance/monitoring technologies and utilize tools to monitor and support systems.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the 393.2 Level
- Diagnose, troubleshoot, and resolve complex system and network related
- Serve as a technical leader, internal and external consultant in area of expertise, provide highly advanced technical assistance to the use community and collaborating with customers in the design of their computing environment.
- Implement highly advanced designs produced in collaboration with data scientists and infrastructure architects.

- Bachelor’s Degree in a Computer or Engineering related field or equivalent combination of technical training and experience.
- Broad and in-depth knowledge with technical experience in Linux operating systems and related hardware.
- Experience with complex troubleshooting.
- Demonstrated ability to set priorities and independently resolve complex problems in a fast-paced environment.
- Demonstrated ability to exercise effective customer support skills in a diverse user community with wide levels of computer literacy.
- Demonstrated interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills, with ability to work independently and interact with a multi-disciplinary staff in a team environment.
- Experience and knowledge of the skills needed for a customer support role to include a focus on listening, rapport-building, friendly and approachable nature, courtesy and patience, and negotiating and influencing skills in a diverse user community with wide levels of computer literacy.
In Addition at the 393.2 Level
- Highly advanced knowledge of and significant technical experience with Linux operating systems, virtual environments, and/or related hardware.
- Experience mentoring employees in technical skills.
- Significant experience as a technical lead on projects, achieving positive results, and driving projects to closure, on time and on budget.

Desired Qualifications
- Broad and in-depth knowledge and technical expertise with enterprise support tools for management, patching, backup or software distribution, Linux operating systems and computer security concepts and practices, and computer network hardware/software protocols and principles.
- Experience with writing intermediate to advanced shell scripts.
- Experience with one or more of the following technologies: SPLUNK, Tenable Security Scanner, Nessus, Puppet/Chef or equivalent, Nagios, RHEL 6 and RHEL 7, RHN Satellite, PKI authentication, Active Directory, Scripting, GIT, BIND, DNS, Perl, CSH/BASH, Docker, and other container technologies.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.

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.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.


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

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance. The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.

LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. 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, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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