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High Performance Computing (HPC) Systems Engineer (Early Career)

Company: Sandia Corporation
Location: Livermore
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Job Description:

Posting Duration

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the 'posting date'. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking an experienced an IT Computing Infrastructure/High Performance Computing (HPC) Engineer to manage mid-sized computational clusters and storage arrays. This role offers the exciting opportunity to collaborate directly with researchers on the optimization of computational jobs and management of massive amounts of experimental data.

This position is responsible for the design, purchase, and installation of new compute clusters as well as the operation of existing clusters including hardware, software, account management, and fulfillment of cyber security requirements. The successful candidate will rely on a strong foundation in Linux and will bring a passion for learning new things in support of important research in chemical reactions, combustion, engines, and reacting flow science.

Qualifications We Require

Bachelor's degree in a relevant field; or eight years' relevant experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience maintaining high-performance computing clusters Solid understanding of Linux operating systems (RHEL, Centos, Ubuntu) Knowledge of hardware and operating systems, including system architectures, network infrastructures, and client-server principles Selected applicants will be required to pass a Job Placement Assessment before beginning the job to ensure that they can perform the essential physical requirements, with or without accommodations.
Ability to hold a U.S. DOE Q security clearance

Qualifications We Desire

Experience operating in a scientific computing environment Excellent verbal and written communication skills Experience maintaining system software, including performing software builds, software upgrades, and patch installation as needed Experience with disk and storage systems, such as host-based RAID controllers, software RAID and vendor RAID systems (Network Appliance, LSI, DDN) Batch cluster resource management: Torque, SLURM, PBS, etc.

About Our Team

The Plasma & Reacting Flow Science department at Sandia primarily works on projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science to address needs surrounding both high temperature and low temperature plasma phenomena, combusting flows, reacting gas-solid interfaces, uncertainty quantification (UQ), and related topics such as scientific machine learning. We operate state-of-the-art experimental laboratories, conduct work at the DIII-D tokamak reactor, and utilize both local computer clusters and the DOE Leadership Class supercomputers to conduct massively parallel simulations.

Position Information

This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.

About Sandia

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation's premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide Extraordinary co-workers Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world Career advancement and enrichment opportunities Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home) Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:

These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

Essential Functions

Selected applicants will be required to pass a Job Placement Assessment before beginning the job to ensure that they can perform the essential physical requirements, with or without accommodations.

Keywords: Sandia Corporation, Livermore , High Performance Computing (HPC) Systems Engineer (Early Career), Other , Livermore, California

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