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IT Professional – Advanced Computing
CO - Golden
Position Type
Limited Term (Fixed Term)
Hours Per Week
Working at NREL
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation's primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
From day one at NREL, you’ll connect with coworkers driven by the same mission to save the planet. By joining an organization that values a supportive, inclusive, and flexible work environment, you’ll have the opportunity to engage through our ten employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.
NREL supports inclusive, diverse, and unbiased hiring practices that promote creativity and innovation. By collaborating with organizations that focus on diverse talent pools, reaching out to underrepresented demographics, and providing an inclusive application and interview process, our Talent Acquisition team aims to hear all voices equally. We strive to attract a highly diverse workforce and create a culture where every employee feels welcomed and respected and they can be their authentic selves.
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Job Description
The Complex Systems Simulation and Optimization Group in the NREL Computational Science Center has an opening for a full-time advanced computing professional with competencies in scalable advanced computing and cloud frameworks, who will enable the effective utilization and creation of scalable accelerated applications, software, and/or workflows in support of clean energy research with on-premise hardware and in the cloud.

The successful candidate will collaborate with NREL staff and researchers on efforts to effectively carry out research and development from the atomic to the national scale utilizing NREL’s advanced computing capabilities in a hybrid cloud setting. They will be part of small teams, guiding technical leadership in identifying, designing, implementing, deploying, and supporting solutions for research and development on advanced, scalable, accelerated computing hardware, which may require consideration of parallel application and workflow deployment and support, cloud architectures, computer hardware and library performance, and/or advanced programming requirements.

Job duties and responsibilities of the position include:
  • Operations and research support: identify, configure, debug, deploy, and support frameworks and workflows on scalable, accelerated advanced computing hardware and cloud architectures centered on simulations, optimization, and machine learning.
  • Collaboration with researchers: Collaborate with scientists, engineers and analysts on enabling utilization of advanced, scalable computing systems for NREL mission goals.
  • Hybrid Cloud pathways: design, implement, support and document multiple pathways toward supporting python at scale on NREL hybrid cloud including mpi4py on advanced networks.
  • Containerized workflows: design, develop, implement, and support containerized workflows in a hybrid cloud setting.
  • Design, develop, implement, and support web technology deployment that rely on scalable compute and data intensive workflows.
  • Workflow architecture: architect scientific, engineering and analysis workflows for hybrid-cloud setting including advanced scalable frameworks and systems.
Basic Qualifications
Relevant Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Master's Degree and 3 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant PhD or equivalent relevant education/experience. Complete understanding and wide application of principles, concepts and techniques in specific field. General knowledge of related IS disciplines. Strong leadership and project management skills. Skilled in analytical techniques, practices and problem solving. Advanced programming, design and analysis abilities with various computer software programs and information systems.
  • Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
Additional Required Qualifications
Preferred Qualifications
  • An interest in renewable energy, energy efficiency and supporting technologies; wind, solar, vehicles, biomass, hydrogen, buildings, batteries, and electric grid technologies.
  • Background and experience in managing software dependencies in HPC and Cloud environments with commons tools such as Modules, Conda, Spack, and containerization.
  • Background and experience in developing workflows, including job scheduler integration, data management of big datasets, data movement, and data availability/sharing with remote users and systems.
  • Experience in python software libraries and frameworks including high performance mpi4py.
  • Experience programming in Python and Unix Shell.
  • Experience with hybrid cloud computing including Amazon Web Services and dynamically scaling execution of compute intensive workloads in the cloud.
  • Experience in containerization and scaling including Docker and Apptainer.
  • Experience with database architecture and administration including PostgresSQL and MongoDB.
  • Experience with utilizing NodeJS, JavaScript and other Web technologies.
  • Software engineering expertise coding and testing patterns, version control and CI/CD, engineering software platforms and large-scale simulation, learning and data workflows especially using open-source tools.
Job Application Submission Window
The anticipated closing window for application submission is up to 30 days and may be extended as needed.
Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)
Job Profile: IT Professional III / Annual Salary Range: $95,500 - $171,900
Job Profile: IT Professional II / Annual Salary Range: $79,600 - $143,300
NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, 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.
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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If you are offered employment at NREL, you must pass a pre-employment drug test prior to commencing employment. Unless prohibited by state or local law, the pre-employment drug test will include marijuana. If you test positive on the pre-employment drug test, your offer of employment may be withdrawn.
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