Hardware/Software Systems Integration Specialist (Computing System Professional 3/4)

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Computing Systems Professional 3 or Computing Systems Professional 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.

Come join the best and brightest minds in the world at one of the most innovative and creative multidisciplinary research institutions! The Computer, Computational, and Statistical Sciences Division (CCS) is seeking a Computing Systems Professional to support, lead, and expand its hardware and software systems. In this role you will establish and administer servers and the software stack supporting research needs for the division on both internal and external facing networks. You will also take the lead in assessing, planning, and optimizing computer resources for emerging research efforts and visiting researchers in conjunction with evolving needs, and as technology and institutional requirements change and intersect. The successful candidate will also participate in research efforts around novel hardware performance and its software stack requirements. This position also serves in the role of the CCS Organizational Computer Security Representative.

The Computer, Computational, and Statistical Sciences (CCS) Division is a vibrant scientific and engineering organization that works in multiple mission areas of Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Division focuses on research and development in fundamental computer science, computational physics, methods and algorithms, high-performance computing, statistics/machine learning/data science, applied mathematics, and beyond Moore's law computing technologies such as quantum and neuromorphic.

In CCS Division we foster career development in alignment with diversity, inclusion, and belonging where all staff have a voice in helping the organization deliver on our missions while supporting the needs of our staff.

Computing Systems Professional 3 ($101,700-$168,200)

In this Computing Systems Professional 3 role you will have opportunities to facilitate and participate in computing research and development activities. You will apply your knowledge of building, configuring, administering, and troubleshooting production Linux computer/support systems and peripheral devices. The position requires strong command-line Linux operating system skills, working knowledge of, or experience with, hardware and software security best practices, and experience scripting in Bash, Perl, Python, or similar languages. These systems will require the installation and administration of production Internet application server technologies (e.g., Confluence, Redmine, CDash, and license management solutions) using Linux system services and resources such as Apache, MySQL, and PostgreSQL. Given the dynamic research environment and policy requirements you will formulate and test hypotheses, investigate alternative solutions, and recommend solutions to technical problems. Your knowledge and experience will also allow you to participate in research on fundamental topics related to the use and performance of leading-edge hardware technology.

Computing System Professional 4 ($112000 - $186,700)

In addition to the Computing Systems Professional 3 activities, you will be involved in strategic planning and technology rollouts to prepare CCS networks and systems for future hardware and software adoption and to protect our infrastructure from emerging threats. You will lead efforts to ensure that Division resources are adequate for future demands. You will develop formal coordination mechanisms and communications with key decision makers at LANL. You will review user training and participate in inspections and audits of networks and systems.




What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:



  • Knowledge of building, configuring, administering, and troubleshooting production Linux computer systems and peripheral devices.
  • Experience with Ethernet networking, including VLAN configuration, administration, and management, as well as demonstrated experience configuring and managing Ethernet switch and routing hardware.
  • Experience in formulating and testing hypotheses, investigating alternative solutions, and. recommending solutions to technical problems.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team environment, as well as demonstrated ability to initiate, design, and execute projects.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including technical writing.

Additional Job Requirements for Computing Systems Professional 4:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
  • Experience with high-speed network technologies, including administration, management and monitoring of fabrics and various fabric topologies.
  • Demonstrated experience developing, evaluating, and implementing computing technology development plans.
  • In-depth knowledge of computer and information security practices and procedures.

Education/Experience at lower level: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree and 8 years related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. At this level, applicable advanced vendor and/or professional certification is desirable.

Education/Experience at higher level: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree and 12 years related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. At this level, advanced vendor and/or professional certifications are highly desirable and post graduate course work may be expected.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Strong command line Linux operating system skills, working knowledge of or experience with hardware and software security best practices, and experience scripting in Bash, Perl, Python, or similar languages.
  • Understanding of LANL policies and requirements as they pertain to computing security and compliance.
  • Experience with research computing and software technologies as they pertain modern architectures such as vector processors and GPUs.
  • Active DOE Q Clearance.


Work Location: The work location for this position is onsite and located in Los Alamos, NM. All work locations are at the discretion of management.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.

Note to Applicants:

Applicants must submit a CV and a cover letter detailing how they meet the minimum requirements and the desired skills for this position.
Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

§ Dental and vision insurance

§ Free basic life and disability insurance

§ Paid childbirth and parental leave

§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (PTO and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2. Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Selected applicants will be subject to a background investigation conducted by or on behalf of the Federal Government, and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance. and obtaining such clearance requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon the position, additional authorization to access classified information may be required, which may or may not be available to dual citizens. Receipt of a Q clearance and additional access authorization ultimately is a decision of the Federal Government and not of Triad.

*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. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

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

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.

Incentive Compensation Program: Position is eligible to participate in the Triad Incentive Compensation Program. You must be in an eligible position for a minimum of 3 months, before July 1st and remain in an eligible position as of the end of the fiscal year, September 30th. The annual distribution is prorated based on the number of months in the eligible position.
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 regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, 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.