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Technology Architect

Job ID 3121 Date posted 04/21/2022

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. BSA salutes our veterans and active military members with careers that leverage the skills and unique experience they gained while serving our country. Our organization fully supports service members transitioning from active duty to civilian life and pledge’s our commitment to actively hire veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Military personnel who have been formally trained or have relevant experience obtained while in service may meet educational requirements and are encouraged to apply for job opportunities at BSA.

Organizational Overview

The mission of the Scientific Data & Computing Center is to provide computational support for BNL scientific programs.

Position Description

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is the scientific extreme scale Data Laboratory in the US. The Scientific Data & Computing Center (SDCC) at BNL hosts data generated from the many scientific user facilities on BNL site such as the nuclear physics Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), the brightest synchrotron in the world at NSLS II, or from the LHC Atlas experiment at CERN (Switzerland), the Belle II experiment in Japan, the Center for Functional NanoMaterials and the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement program.  As a consequence of BNL’s fast-growing data science research programs, the SDCC is a very lively organization developing solutions and providing the necessary computing infrastructure to support BNL’s science mission.

The SDCC has an opening for a Senior Technology Engineer/Technology Architect to contribute to support of RHIC and ATLAS computing activities. In this position you will be responsible for federated access to the SDCC resources, supporting off-line computing farms and storage systems, and participating in the evaluation and adoption of new technologies. This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Integrate and operate a heterogeneous scientific computing hardware and software system

  • Optimize and operate high-performance storage systems in support of distributed data analysis activities  

  • Design, integrate and operate a federated identity management (FIM) system compatible with community-driven standards in authorization for distributed scientific computing infrastructures

  • Lead in the evaluation, adoption and integration of new technologies in support of SDCC activities

  • Collaborate with technology suppliers, user community, staff and external collaborators to monitor, and optimize reliability and performance of the SDCC distributed computing infrastructure

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in physics, computer science or related discipline or equivalent experience

  • A minimum of 8 years full-time relevant experience

  • Experience with high-performance storage systems (Lustre, GPFS, etc) or container/virtualization technologies (RHEVM, Docker, Kubernetes, Singularity, etc)

  • Experience deploying and operating secure, Internet-facing services and collaborative tools

  • Experience with database operations, troubleshooting, and tuning

  • Experience with automation, testing, and validation of services

  • Experience with Federated Identity Management tools and services (LDAP,Co-Manage, InCommon, x.509 certificates, sci-tokens, etc) in support of distributed computing infrastructures

  • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative environment with time-sensitive deadlines

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience with collaborative tools (Git, Mattermost, DropBox, Confluence, Slack, Jira, etc )

  • Experience with data analytics (Jupyter notebooks, JupyterHub) and system performance monitoring tools (ELK, Grafana, etc)

  • Experience with software and services such as:

  • Configuration management and version control software (Puppet, Cobbler, Ansible, etc)

  • Data transfer and network access protocols (Globus Online, webdav, ssh, NX, VNC, etc)

  • Object-oriented storage (S3, Swift, Ceph, etc)

  • Software development experience (Python, C/C++, Java) 

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Ability  to perform physically demanding work occasionally (replacing server components, moving servers within the data center, connecting network cabling among servers, inventory and organize replacement hardware parts)


  • Occasional travel (foreign and domestic) is required

  •  Appointment level will be commensurate with qualifications and experience

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, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)

  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan

  • 401(k) Plan

  • Flexible Work Arrangements

  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs

  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation:  Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Ping Pong, Softball, Tennis)

Brookhaven Science Associates requires proof of a COVID-19 vaccination for all employees. Proof of full vaccination as recognized by the CDC and/or WHO, inclusive of the two-week waiting period, is required at the start of your employment.

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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