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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Storage System Administrator in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Storage System Administrator



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)

Annual Salary Range: $73,900 - $133,100

Offers will typically be made in the bottom half of the listed range. NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, as well as the position's work location, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee’s salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.

Job Description

The Computational Science Center at NREL is currently seeking a Systems Administrator to work in our Storage Technologies team. In this role, the incumbent will install, configure, and support storage-related products (hardware and software) and services in the Center's data center. This Systems Administrator / Storage Engineer will focus primarily on storage engineering of multiple data-intensive activities that utilize a variety of storage strategies including object storage, block storage, and distributed file systems using high speed interconnects. There is a research component to determine optimal hardware and software configurations in addition to keeping abreast of new technologies and techniques for storage services.

Job Duties:

  • Implement, configure, and maintain specialized storage solutions and environments.

  • Maintain documentation on system capabilities, storage environments, equipment, and procedures for use by other team members.

  • Perform storage administration of data-intensive activities including:

  • Backup management.

  • Installation, tuning, and maintenance of system and storage hardware including servers, disk and tape subsystems.

  • Deployment and maintenance of technologies that provide access to storage resources such as NFS.

  • Independently write, document, and maintain system or storage administration tools and scripts for internal use. Research and obtain storage-engineering tools available outside of NREL as appropriate.

  • Install, configure, test, and maintain innovative storage-related computing hardware and software systems, coordinating with vendors as applicable. Document and report problems to the team, and follow issues through to successful problem resolution.

  • Work with the HPC Operations team in a primarily Linux environment to identify and provide hardware, software, and support services that enable and advance NREL's mission with data-intensive science and engineering goals.

  • Make technical recommendations on system software configuration, hardware configuration, user policies, security procedures, and administration procedures.

  • Monitor systems and inform operations staff of system events (new features, failures, patches) and the impact of these on the user community. Participate in the Operations Team's Change Management process to track changes.

  • Use, develop, and deploy monitoring tools to provide usage reporting and problem alerting.

  • Apply all applicable NREL and DOE policies and procedures to ensure the security and reliability of provided services.

  • Share knowledge with other team members, including training others in your areas of expertise.

  • You will be expected to learn and adapt new technologies.


Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Engineering or related and 2 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, Master's Degree in Computer Science, Engineering or related or equivalent relevant education/experience.


Additional Required Qualifications

General knowledge and application of standards, principles, concepts and techniques in specific field. Some understanding of related IS practices and standards. Skilled in analytical techniques and practices, and problem solving. Skilled in written and verbal communication. Intermediate programming ability with various computer software programs and information systems.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Skills:

  • A solid foundation in Linux systems engineering, storage engineering, and data systems architectures

  • Experience with backup software, SAN concepts, tape drives, and tape libraries

  • Experience with Network Attached Storage solutions

  • Storage zoning

  • Ability to research and formulate hardware designs and act according to the decisions

  • Scripting languages such as Python, PERL, Bash

Additional Preferred Skills and Background:

  • TCP/IP Network environment concepts and management of TCP/IP network equipment

  • Some knowledge of InfiniBand

  • Experience with storage clusters such as Ceph, Swift, or Cinder

  • Sun/Oracle SAMQFS management

  • Experience with parallel file systems commonly used in High Performance Computing clusters such as Lustre or GPFS

  • Some Windows systems administration knowledge a plus

  • Experience in systems administration for data-centric servers and services

  • Experience connecting to monitoring tools such as ZenOss, Nagios, etc.

  • Experience with Ansible a plus

  • Some experience with git DCVS


Benefits Summary

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short- and long-term disability insurance; pension benefits; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; paid holidays; and tuition reimbursement. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Limited-term positions are not eligible for long-term disability or tuition reimbursement.

* Based on eligibility rules

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