Los Alamos National Laboratory Sr. Solutions Architect (Solutions Architect 3/4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico


Job Title Sr. Solutions Architect (Solutions Architect 3/4)

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name XIT-ISS/Institutional Systems Services

What You Will Do eXperience Information Technology (XIT) division is seeking an energetic and customer-focused Solutions Architect for the XIT Institutional Systems Services (XIT-ISS) group. XIT-ISS consists of approximately 65 professionals, technicians, and students. The successful candidate will support a variety of Cloud and virtualization efforts and the zero/thin client technologies on the unclassified network. The successful candidate will work in XIT-ISS supporting customers and will support the programmatic and mission support needs across the laboratory.

This position will be filled at either the Solutions Architect 3 or Solutions Architect 4 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

Solutions Architect 3 Responsibilities (SA-3) ($96,600 - $161,300)

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Designing, integrating, and supporting a large-scale UNIX/Linux/Windows environment

  • Automating and testing virtual machine images in a CI/CD or DevOps pipeline using tools such as Jenkins and Packer

  • Designing, developing and maintaining virtual and cloud architectures

  • Providing technical leadership in hardware and software activities within a cloud environment. This includes software-defined networking, cloud storage, virtual machine development and deployment, or experience with container technologies such as Kubernetes and Docker

  • Using configuration management technologies such as Ansible, Puppet, and Cloud Formation

  • Writing system administration automation utilities using shell scripts, Perl, Python or C/C++ Working with a technical team under time constraints

  • Designing, deploying, testing and maintaining systems following hardware and software security practices

  • Researching, documenting, and communicating current and future technologies

  • Answering technical questions and taking corrective action

  • Documenting systems and network configurations, researching new hardware and software methodologies, and being cognizant of emerging technologies and trends, such as zero/thin client technology

  • Interacting with customer and peers in a professional and responsive manner, including mentoring, coaching, or giving presentations

Solutions Architect 4 Responsibilities (SA-4) ($116,900 - $197,000)

In addition to the above, the successful candidate will perform the following, including but not limited to:

  • Serving as principal architect providing innovative hardware, software, and networking solutions within a complex UNIX/Linux/Windows diskless computing environment

  • Providing outstanding service to customers by developing custom automated installation and configuration management tools to solve complex problems

  • Providing innovative solutions for significant and complex IT issues that span multiple disciplines, including hardware, software, data management, security and networking.

  • Demonstrating senior technical leadership that brings various organizations, teams/individuals together with a common goal to create an efficient, cost effective performance-based solution to a particular problem/need.

  • Leading complex projects from inception through implementation, including project management, documentation, and training of users, system administrators, or others who may maintain or use the end products.

  • Mentoring and training fellow team members in advanced Linux system administration.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Ability to quickly learn state-of-the-art technologies in related disciplines

  • Strong Linux operating system skills.

  • Demonstrated experience performing system administration on production Linux systems including experience building, configuring, and maintaining production Linux servers and workstations.

  • Extensive experience managing a large network or having a leadership role that impacts a large number of systems, including centralized configuration management of computers in heterogeneous environment (UNIX/Linux/Windows).

  • Experience scripting automated tasks in a Linux supported language (e.g., Bash, C, Perl, Python, Java, or similar scripting languages) and programming experience.

  • Experience configuring and maintaining UNIX services (Kerberos, NFS, SSH, Samba, etc.).

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in configuration management methodologies, and Storage Area Network (SAN) environments.

  • Demonstrated experience with the administration of virtualization and cloud computing systems.

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in design, configuration, implementation and the support of diskless clients and servers to include imaging and central management.

  • Experience utilizing a work ticket management system to distribute work, gather metrics, and efficiently respond to customer requests.

  • Knowledge of project management principles to set project scope, schedule, priorities, and deliverables.

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and relationship building skills with an ability to work with all levels of management, cyber security personnel and customers.

Additional Job Requirements for Solutions Architect 4 :

In addition to the requirements outlined for the Solutions Architect 3 above, the Solutions Architect 4 requirements include:

  • Exhibited knowledge and experience in working with equipment vendors on specifications and requirements of large-scale system procurements.

  • Demonstrated industry leadership and expertise in the area of virtualization and cloud computing.

  • Demonstrated ability to initiate large-scale projects to solve technology challenges.

  • Demonstrate capability of understanding the complete picture of an end-to-end solution for large complex systems. This includes facilities, archive, storage, networks, clusters, and clouds.

  • Extensive experience and advanced knowledge of virtual and cloud technologies such as OpenStack, VMware, Kubernetes, Docker, and AWS.

  • Demonstrated experience with collaboration across organizational boundaries.

  • Demonstrated experience providing technical leadership to others.

  • Demonstrated experience managing IT services.

  • Expert knowledge and demonstrated experience with modern Configuration Management and tools.

  • Expert knowledge and demonstrated experience with modern networks and network services.

  • Experience in defining and collecting metrics to demonstrate project progress.

  • Proven ability to work as part of a team and demonstrated experience providing technical knowledge.

Desired Skills :

  • Demonstrated in-depth experience with OpenStack, VMware, Xen, AWS, GCP, or Azure.

  • Practical experience in programming using Python, C, or C++.

  • Practical experience with accelerators such as GPUs.

  • Practical experience deploying software defined networks.

  • Practical experience with object storage such as AWS S3.

  • Experience in anticipating needs for hardware and software environments.

  • Extensive experience in Linux with complete understanding of configuration files, modifying kernel parameters and building a new kernel, and automated installations.

  • Ability to create reliable/repeatable procedures for production use.

  • Practical experience and advanced knowledge of Ethernet switches, routing, TCP/IP, configuration of NICs and routers, VXLAN, and overlay networks.

  • Record of settings direction and goals for yourself and other staff.

  • Demonstrated experience in leading multi-person projects to meet scope, schedule, and budget.

  • Demonstrated experience in formulating and presenting results to technical audiences and readerships.

  • Experience managing computers in a DOE or DOD classified environment.

  • Active DOE Q clearance.

Solutions Architect 3

Education Required: Typically requires a minimum of 10 to 15+ years of related experience. At this level, post-graduate coursework may be desirable.

Solutions Architect 4

Education Required: Typically requires a minimum of 15 to 20+ years of related experience. At this level, postgraduate coursework may be expected.

Notes to Applicants: Please provide a comprehensive cover letter that details how you meet the qualifications for the position.

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements

  • for access to classified matter.

  • Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

Our employees are our greatest asset, which is why we provide a comprehensive benefits package that offers health coverage for you and your eligible family members today and retirement plans for a brighter tomorrow. A healthy workforce is paramount to a successful organization. We offer an incentivized wellness plan and preventive care to encourage and reward good basic health choices. Also, for your financial wellness, we provide a tax-deferred 401(k) retirement plan, with a company match and service based contribution.

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Contact Details

Contact Name Gonzales, Andrea Jo

Email andreag@lanl.gov

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Req ID: IRC69890