Applications Operations Engineer


On Site
USD 132,810.00 - 170,556.00 per year
Full Time


Enterprise software
Software deployment
Operating systems
Software security
Functional testing
IT operations
Operational efficiency
Tier 2
Tier 1
Identity management
Tier 3
Security clearance
Computer science
Software engineering
Information Technology
Organizational skills
Programming languages
Process improvement
Production engineering
Lifecycle management
Requirements management
Risk management
Business intelligence
Employee engagement
Amazon SES
Cyber security
Regulatory Compliance
Design of experiments
Analytical skill
Microsoft Windows

Job Details

Company Description
Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States' security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory's mission.

Pay Range

$132,810.00 - $170,556.00 Annually for the SES.2 level
$159,330.00 - $204,636.00 Annually for the SES.3 level

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.
Job Description
This position requires an on-site presence multiple days a week, and therefore will have limited telecommuting options.

We have openings for multiple Applications Operations Engineers (AppOps Engineers) to support the Strategic Deterrence Applications (SD Apps) organization. As part of a team of developers, engineers, and other technical staff, you will have primary responsibility for the configuration, administration, and operational maintenance of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) and custom-developed enterprise application software in close collaboration with SD IT. These positions are in the Applications, Simulation, and Quality Division within the Computing Directorate.

These positions will be filled at theSES.2 or SES.3 level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

You will
  • Work with solution architects and software engineers to select and implement solution components and software deployment models for COTS and custom-developed enterprise application software.
  • Deploy, update, administer, and maintain operations of enterprise applications for a diverse, multi-disciplinary customer base.
  • Configure server operating system and application software parameters, perform application security hardening, integrate with infrastructure services (such as database, authentication, logging, and monitoring services), and develop scripts to automate execution of these tasks.
  • Establish and maintain database connections and integrations with other enterprise applications and services, and troubleshoot related technical problems.
  • Manage application upgrade schedules, tracking complex system dependencies and cybersecurity requirements, negotiating downtime with stakeholders, and performing related integration and functional testing.
  • Implement and/or configure application monitoring and analyze and address related performance and security issues, including vulnerability remediation as required.
  • Work with system administrators, technical operations, and platform engineering staff to develop and implement approaches to improve operational efficiency and compliance.
  • Provide advanced Tier 2 applications support and function as backup to Tier 1 applications support staff and systems, database, and/or application administrators and as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities at the SES.3 Level
  • Manage complex integrations with enterprise identity management, authentication, authorization, and auditing services and provide related consultative support to other AppOps Engineers.
  • Design and implement custom features and modules to extend application functions using established APIs and/or API gateways.
  • Provide comprehensive Tier 3 applications support and consult with Tier 4 support as needed.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a US DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Technology, or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Broad experience in analytical troubleshooting and organizational skills with demonstrated ability to independently triage and resolve complex technical problems, while managing competing priorities.
  • Proficient interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, necessary to effectively collaborate as part of a cohesive, multi-disciplinary team.
  • Broad and in-depth knowledge of and technical experience deploying and maintaining enterprise applications running on Windows and/or Linux operating systems in bare metal and/or virtual environments.
  • Experience with a range of modern computing technologies and practices, including high-level programming languages and related frameworks, SQL and/or NoSQL databases, common integrated development environments, and Agile and waterfall development methods.
  • Comprehensive experience writing how-to guidelines and presenting tailored training information in a hybrid environment and/or mixed security networks.
  • Familiarity with and/or proficiency in writing scripts to automate complex tasks, including batch, shell, Python, and/or YAML scripts.

Additional Qualifications at the SES.3 Level
  • Advanced experience informing and implementing application security plans or authoring application core service descriptions. Experience configuring application components to security configuration standards (CIS, STIGs, or equivalent).
  • Significant experience configuring COTS applications for use with SSO and knowledge of Identity and Access Management standards and protocols, such as SAML, OAuth, and OIDC.
  • Significant experience leading and documenting independent work, advising management on topics like process improvement and industry best practices opportunities, and demonstrated advanced communication skills needed to partner with power users and stakeholders in architecting, delivering, and supporting COTS-based solutions.

Qualifications We Desire
  • Master's degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Technology, or related field.
  • Significant experience supporting enterprise applications in a fast-paced production engineering environment, including but not limited to product data/lifecycle management, requirements management, schedule management, and enterprise risk management applications, and business intelligence and analytics, data virtualization, and visualization tools.
  • Familiarity with application containerization and/or relevant professional technical certifications.
Additional Information

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?
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  • Flexible Benefits Package
  • 401(k)
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
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Security Clearance

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.If you are selected, wewill initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if youmeet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must 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.

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