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Network Automation Engineer

Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have an opening for a Network Automation Engineer with expertise in enterprise network engineering, operations, and software development as we transition towards virtualized and software driven networks. You will be involved in the design and development of network automation software, design, and troubleshooting of complex network infrastructures. This position is in the Enterprise Infrastructure Services Division (EIS) within the Liv IT Department in the Computation Directorate.

This position will be filled at either the 393.1 or 393.2 level depending on your qualifications.  Additional job qualifications (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Develop software/frameworks to automate network device configuration and deployment and network fabric deployment including the creation of customer self-service interfaces.
- Provide direction in the evaluation, recommendation, and implementation of campus and data center networks utilizing modern networking overlay technologies including eVPN, VXLan, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), etc.
- Support COTS network software and monitoring tools (e.g. SolarWinds, NetMRI, AKiPs, etc) and their integration with custom software applications.
- Support and troubleshoot existing campus and data center network infrastructures.
- Introduce and articulate highly advanced networking concepts in network design solutions to influence strategy and future direction of enterprise networks.
- Apply knowledge and experience in formulating network design solutions and implementation methodologies including solving complex production and/or implementation issues.
- Understand and define network requirements and solutions to meet customer needs, interfacing with LLNL customers.
- Collaborate with management, customers, and team members to ensure completion of project deliverables.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the 393.2 Level
- Collaborate with customers to design network automation solutions customized for their environments.
- Diagnose and resolve highly complex network automation problems.
- Develop complex network security, monitoring, and management solutions for program specific needs.

- Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, or related field or an equivalent combination of education, technical training, and related experience.
- Strong background in network engineering and network automation or software development with at least five years of experience supporting large scale enterprise or service provider infrastructure.
- Knowledge in software development, preferably in Python or Java.
- Knowledge of Computer Science fundamentals, data structure, algorithms, object-oriented design and systems architecture.
- Experience in testing and automation of SDN solutions at scale.
- Expertise in Cisco IOS to configure and manage network systems
- Familiar with Software Defined Networking technology and controllers with demonstrated ability in automation and strong debugging skills within similar environments; knowledge of IP Networking, datacenter network technologies, packet forwarding architectures and internet routing protocols (BGP, OSPF, ISIS MPLS, GRE, IPSec, VxLAN, Dot1Q, QinQ, 40G/100G futures, netflow/Jflow, SNMP etc.).
In Addition at the 393.2 Level
- Substantial experience developing complex software for the automation or provisioning of infrastructure.
- Work independently to resolve problems, develop original solutions, and configure network monitoring tools and network management tools.
- Advanced software development skills.

Desired Qualifications
- Two or more vendor specialized certifications such as Cisco, Palo Alto Network, Splunk, F5, etc.
- Knowledge of Linux or UNIX environments with a good understanding of networking concepts.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.


Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance:  This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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