Junior Cyber Security Engineer

Oak Ridge National Labs
Oak Ridge, TN
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Oak Ridge National Labs

Junior Cyber Security Engineer

Oak Ridge, TN
SOC / Threat Intel
Jun 23


The Information Technology Services Division in the Business Services Directorate at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking qualified applicants for a Junior Cyber Security Engineer position in the Research and Development Systems Engineering group. The R&D Systems Engineering group exists to facilitate lab goals through systems engineering, integration and support for the research community at ORNL. We run mid-range clusters, servers, workstations and other services where science happens at the lab.



The Junior Cyber Security Engineer is responsible for facilitating infrastructure design, builds and coding for R&D projects. This position will work with a team to provide deployment, automation, monitoring, and management tool infrastructure for researchers. This role will work with senior cyber security research professionals and cyber security operations personnel to advocate and promote IT policies and technologies to researchers who develop code as a part of their projects and with the engineers who manage ORNL’s cyber security infrastructure. The position requires working across multiple teams to produce creative software and hardware engineering solutions to implement large-scale experiments involving computer network defense tools.


Major Duties/Responsibilities

Primary duties include:

  • Support deployment and system administration for ORNL research projects
  • Ensure the availability, performance, scalability and security of production systems
  • Identify automation opportunities to improve project scale-out and delivery
  • Review architecture and offer recommendations for improvements
  • Development of repeatable processes, code and protocols
  • Documentation of work, processes and system configurations for administrative use and use by researchers for scientific publications
  • Continuous process improvement
  • Embrace continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) processes
  • Work with team members to evaluate new technology options and vendor products
  • Configuration Management - i.e. Puppet, Ansible, etc.
  • Collaborate with research teams to ensure new environments meet requirements
  • Identify and document IT best practices that will improve the systems deployment function
  • Work with senior team members to communicate complex technical concepts to small to medium groups of scientists and engineers
  • Design, implement and support technical solutions within the enterprise cyber security operations group
  • Ensure the secure and effective operation of computing systems through compliance with ORNL procedures and IT Internal Operating Procedures
  • Troubleshoot system problems quickly and effectively
  • Work with other systems engineers and vendors to resolve hardware and software issues
  • Manage and monitor systems performance
  • Install and configure software, both commercial packages and various open source packages.
  • Maintain documentation/notes on software builds and installs
  • Off hours support may be required



Basic Requirements

  • Associate degree in System Administration, Cyber Security or related technical subjects or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A minimum of 1 year of experience managing UNIX/Linux/Windows Systems.
  • A minimum of 1 years utilizing configuration management and automation tools such as Git, Jenkins, Ansible, Puppet or other CI/CD pipeline tools.
  • Familiar with most and proficient in at least one of the following: Bash, C, C++, MATLAB, Python, and PERL.



Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Cyber Security or related technical subjects or equivalent combination of education and experience with 5 years of experience managing UNIX/Linux Systems.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience managing UNIX/Linux Systems.
  • Strong knowledge of multiple operating systems.
  • Experience with RHEL7+, Windows Server 2016, VMware 6+.
  • Knowledge of networking fundamentals including TCP/IP, traffic analysis, common protocols and network diagnostics
  • Experience with performance and diagnostic tools for benchmarking, analysis and tuning of systems, networking and storage
  • Experience with Nagios, Zabbix, Solarwinds, Ganglia, and other network and device monitoring systems
  • Previous experience working in a government, scientific, or other highly technical environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills suitable for user support and ability to work well with peer system administrators
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to balance complex research and security requirements



Special Requirement

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.


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