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Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN, United States (on-site)
30+ days ago
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States (on-site)
30+ days ago



As a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has an extraordinary 80-year history of solving the nation's biggest problems. We have a dedicated and creative staff of over 6,000 people! Our vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is to cultivate an environment and practices that foster diversity in ideas and in the people across the organization, as well as to ensure ORNL is recognized as a workplace of choice. These elements are critical for enabling the execution of ORNL's broader mission to accelerate scientific discoveries and their translation into energy, environment, and security solutions for the nation.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:


The Research Computing Support Division in the Information Technology Services Directorate (ITSD) at ORNL is seeking qualified applicants for a Research Software Build and Release Engineer position on the DevOps Engineering Team. The DevOps Team facilitates the delivery, operation and monitoring of developed applications for R&D projects. We operate within an Agile Scrum workflow and work with researchers to provide automation solutions.

Our Stack and Workflow
  • Work planning and documentation - Jira/Confluence
  • Code repository, CI/CD - Gitlab
  • Configuration and Package Management - Helm, Ansible, Spack
  • Container System/Orchestration - Apptainer, Kubernetes, Rancher
  • Monitoring, Analytics and Visualization - Prometheus, Grafana, Elasticsearch, Checkmk
  • Other technologies utilized/supported include, but aren't limited to Rook/Ceph, Selenium, nginx, Guard, and Checkmarx depending on program needs

What does our ideal teammate look like and what will you be doing?

The DevOps Team strives to enhance research excellence and enable seamless delivery at ORNL by partnering with research organizations. Our success is measured by the additional capabilities, cost savings, and optimizations we provide to our research partners. To achieve this, we are expanding our team and offering new capabilities. Our goal is to allow researchers to focus on their projects rather than IT concerns.

As part of this role, the Research Software Build and Release Engineer will:
  • Directly collaborate with a research team to develop a suite of applications.
  • Provide support for continuous integration and delivery, configuration management, and release management throughout the SDLC.
  • Coordinate with the team to identify, track and address priorities, conflicts, dependencies, and risks associated with releases, while ensuring alignment with proper processes.
  • Collaborate with the HPC engineering team to optimize solutions for performance and scalability in HPC environments. Collaboration with colleagues across the organization is imperative to ensure the delivery of secure solutions in compliance with Internal Operating Procedures.

All team members contribute to ORNL's mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace - in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.

This position will require regular on-site presence. We optimize our workflows and monitoring solutions to take advantage of our 24/7 operations staff, which significantly reduces the need for off-hours support.

Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree and 5 years of related professional experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • 3 years' experience leading software development lifecycle (SDLC) processes.
  • Experience using configuration management and automation tools including Git, Jenkins, Ansible, Puppet, or other CI/CD pipeline tools.
  • Moderate fluency in C/C++ and Python, and the usage of different compilers including cmake.
  • Experience documenting and producing build/release documents.
  • Experience using package managers for software build processes such as Anaconda and Spack.
  • Demonstrated experience producing technical documentation.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Active DOE Q Clearance.
  • Experience developing tools for use on multiple operating systems.
  • Experience with automated code review tools such as Sonarqube or Checkmarx.
  • Experience building, utilizing, and managing containers in a Linux environment.
  • Experience with performance and diagnostic tools for benchmarking, analysis and tuning of systems, networking, and storage.
  • 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 peers.
  • Demonstrated ability to balance complex research and security requirements.

Special Requirements:
  • Visa Sponsorship : Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
  • Q clearance: 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.

Benefits at ORNL:

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain talented people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible work hours, to help you and your family live happy and healthy. Employee amenities such as on-site fitness, banking, and cafeteria facilities are also provided for convenience.

Other benefits includethe following: Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Contributory Pension Plan,Life Insurance, Disability Benefits, Generous Vacation and Holidays, Parental Leave, Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection, Employee Assistance Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Wellness Programs, Educational Assistance, Relocation Assistance, and Employee Discounts.

If you have difficulty using the online application system or need an accommodation to apply due to a disability, please email: or call 1.866.963.9545.

For Hybrid eligible positions:

In addition, we offer a flexible work environment that supports both the organization and the employee. A hybrid/onsite working arrangement may be available with this position.


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

If you have trouble applying for a position, please email

ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 70529686
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States
  • Position Title: Research Software Build & Release Engineer (Hybrid Eligible)
  • Company Name For Job: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Job Function: Accounting/Finance

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