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Advanced/Senior Technology Engineer

Job ID 2377 Date posted 11/19/2020

Brookhaven National Laboratory ( delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University.

Organizational Overview

CSI (Computational Science Initiative) Scientific Data & Computing Center has an opening for an Advanced/Senior Technology/Engineer. Responsibilities of the successful candidate will include:  supporting off-line computing activities, operating storage systems, deployment and monitoring data transfer protocols over the WAN, integrating an operational federated identity management system and participating in the evaluation and adoption of new technologies.

Position Description

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is the scientific extreme scale Data Laboratory in the US. With over 125 PB of archived data, the Scientific Data & Computing Center (SDCC) at BNL hosts the largest scientific data archive in the US and the 3rd largest worldwide. In contrast to many others, this is an active archive were we continuously reuse all the data in the archive. In 2017 we analyzed 500PB of data on-site. This data comes largely from the many scientific user facilities that we support at BNL such as the unique nuclear physics experiment at RHIC, the brightest synchrotron in the world at NSLS II, the largest Tier 1 center for the LHC Atlas experiment, the Japanese particle physics experiment Belle II, the Center for Functional Nano Materials and the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement program.  As a result, we have a lively, fast-growing data science research program at BNL, with a specific focus on the challenges presented by the analysis, interpretation, and use of data at extreme scales and in real-time. The data science program is accompanied by significant computational modeling research effort, in support of the design, planning, analysis and interpretation of experiments and their results. The Computational Science Initiative (CSI - []) provides the laboratory wide umbrella for these activities, bringing together computer scientists, applied mathematicians and domain scientists to carry out leading-edge research, convert research results into practical solutions that advance domain science and provide the necessary computing infrastructure services and training to support efficient operation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Integrate and operate hardware and software systems
  • Optimize and maintain high-performance storage systems in support of data analysis activities
  • Deploy and operate monitoring tools in support of data movement activities
  • Assist with integration and operation of a federated identity management (FIM) system
  • Assist in the evaluation and adoption of new  technologies

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in physics, computer science or related discipline with 5+ years’ experience
  • Prior experience with:
    • Linux system administration and modern data analysis tools
    • High-performance disk (Lustre, GPFS, etc) storage systems
    • Data analytics and system performance monitoring tools (ELK, Grafana, etc)
    • Deployment and operation of FIM (Active Directory, FreeIPA, openLDAP, etc) tools and services

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience with:
    • Jupyter notebook and JupyterHub
    • Cllaborative tools (Gitea, Mattermost, DropBox, Confluence, Slack, etc )
    • Software and services such as:
      • Virtualization and container software (RHEVM, Singularity, Docker, Kubernetes, OpenShift, etc)
      • Configuration management and version control software (Puppet, Cobbler, Ansible, etc)
      • Data transfer and network access protocols (GridFTP, Globus Online, Ssh, NX, VNC, etc)
      • Batch scheduling software (HTCondor, Slurm, etc)
      • Object-oriented storage (S3, Swift, Ceph, etc)
  • Willingness to perform physically demanding work occasionally
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in a collaborative environment with time-sensitive deadlines

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

  • · Medical Plans
  • · Dental Plans
  • · Vacation
  • · Holidays
  • · Life Insurance
  • · 401(k) Plan
  • · Retirement Plan
  • · Paid Parental Leave
  •   Swimming Pool, Weight Room, Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab.We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.Please contact us to request accommodation.

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