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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Cloud Computing Engineer II in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Cloud Computing Engineer II



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 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.

NREL’s Computational Science Center uses advanced computing capabilities to address scientific and engineering challenges in fields ranging from condensed matter physics and nonlinear dynamics to computational fluid dynamics. The High Performance Computing Systems and Operations Group in the Computational Science Center is hiring a talented individual who can support scientific research, data-sharing, web applications and field research work leveraging Amazon Web Services (AWS). This candidate must have an interest in making a difference in the world by helping to optimize, secure and support cloud environments at NREL.

To best support our growing cloud environment, we seek someone who understands and can help implement cloud best practices and develop automations to improve availability, performance, security and cost efficiency. This position will predominantly involve systems management, service and security automations and user support. This candidate will work closely with project developers and the cloud team to help identify, troubleshoot and address issues affecting cloud deployed infrastructure and projects. The candidate will work as a member of the cloud team to improve existing infrastructure and implement new capabilities in support of operations. This position involves learning and working with a wide array of technologies at all tiers of a software and infrastructure stack.

​Working as a member of the cloud team, you will be responsible for managing your tasks across multiple projects/deadlines, moving internal projects/initiatives to completion, contributing to our infrastructure as code repositories, working with cloud team members on standards, patterns and practices, and providing operational support for projects deployed to the cloud. To best support these efforts a successful candidate should have a background in DevOps, good problem-solving skills, communication skills and a background in some of the following: infrastructure as code, systems monitoring, systems or database administration, log management, cloud security, utilizing ticketing systems, performance tuning and automation.


Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related and 2 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, Master's Degree in Computer Science 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. Must be able to obtain an HSPD-12 badge/credential. Must have demonstrated experience in DevOps, preferably in a cloud environment. Must have experience with one or more cloud service providers (for example, AWS, google, Azure – Microsoft).

Preferred Qualifications

To best provide these services to the lab we use the following tools, so familiarity with some of them is preferred, but not all are required:

  • Code: Git, Python, Node.js, Bash, JSON, YAML, AWS SDKs

  • Database Systems: Postgres, MySQL, RedShift, MongoDB/DocumentDB

  • Configuration Management: Ansible, AWS Systems Manager

  • Infrastructure: AWS CloudFormation, AWS CDK (Python)

  • Instance OS: mix of Linux and some Windows, Linux-based Docker support

  • Familiarity with and the commitment to stay educated on Amazon Web Services.


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

Submission Guidelines

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at NREL you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.


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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. With locations in Golden and Boulder, Colorado, and a satellite office in Washington, D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States.

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