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Cloud Engineer

Job ID: req1905
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Facility: Frederick: Ft Detrick
Location: PO Box B, Frederick, MD 21702 USA

The Frederick National Laboratory is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and operated by Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.  The lab addresses some of the most urgent and intractable problems in the biomedical sciences in cancer and AIDS, drug development and first-in-human clinical trials, applications of nanotechnology in medicine, and rapid response to emerging threats of infectious diseases.

Accountability, Compassion, Collaboration, Dedication, Integrity and Versatility; it's the FNL way.

 Position Overview:


The Information Technology Operations Group, part of Enterprise Information Technology, is responsible for information technology infrastructure, including high performance computing, enterprise storage and advanced telecommunications at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research.


As a Frederick National Labs for Cancer Research (FNLCR) Cloud Infrastructure Engineer, you will provide technical leadership and be responsible for establishing the direction for the IT cloud architecture, standards, design and implementation approaches for the FNLCR application systems and/or infrastructure hosted in the cloud. Creates, evaluates and implements plans and design proposals for high impact IT solutions and their use involving leading edge cloud technologies and methods considering key factors such as their long-term effectiveness (service delivery and cost), practicality, technical limitations and criticality. Leads or contributes to cloud designs applied to all aspects of business systems and/or infrastructure prototypes and eventual implementation. Performs work of high complexity and derives logical processes based on cloud platforms. Engages in performance/integration testing, problem analysis, business and technical analysis. Engage with multiple functional groups to comprehend client challenges, prototype new ideas and new technologies, and help to create solutions to drive the next wave of innovation. Possesses broad and deep cloud skills across disciplines, serving as a mentor to others.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Deliver cloud and hybrid cloud engineering designs to successfully meet the strategic needs of the company and assist in modernizing efforts, integrating existing policies, procedures and standards
  • Offer guidance in application migration from on-prem data centers to AWS Cloud with related AWS cloud services
  • Translate organizational level business requirements and use cases into capabilities verified to meet the requirements
  • Design cloud provider independent models that map business services to cloud application stacks
  • Continuously manage, monitor, and update models as business needs evolve and additional cloud services become available
  • Assist product owners, solution architects, and application architects in designing scalable, highly available, secure, cost-effective solutions that leverage cloud and hybrid services
  • Nurture cloud computing expertise internally to drive our core DevOps and cloud philosophies
  • Ensure compliance with the change control process and Architecture Standardization
  • Writing and maintaining clear documentation about system design, release and implementation plans, and develop and maintain internal documentation
  • Be a collaborative team player to define, design, develop, test, deploy, and support cloud solutions
  • Actively communicate with your manager and team
  • Bring creative and innovative thinking to your work
  • Manage your project priorities, deadlines, and deliverables


To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

  • Possession of Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or four (4) years relevant experience in lieu of degree.  Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • In addition to the education requirement, a minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience
  • Two (2+) years proven hands on experience working with cloud-based technologies, AWS, Azure and Google
  • Proficient in AWS cloud services such as EC2, CloudFront, Lambda, IAM, S3, etc.
  • Strong understanding of cloud and infrastructure components (server, storage, network, data, and applications) to deliver end-to-end cloud infrastructure designs and recommendations
  • Proficient with cloud technologies such as CloudFormation and Terraform to automate deployments
  • Two (2+) years of experience in a system administration cloud engineer role
  • Two (2+) years of experience with multiple operating systems, including UNIX, Linux, and Windows 2008 and 2012
  • Two (2+) years of experience in designing, implementing, or consulting concerning distributed applications
  • Experience with Cloud IaaS environments using IaaS platforms, including Amazon Web Services, MS Azure, Google Cloud, or Oracle
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Able to estimate time and tasks necessary to complete a project
  • Excellent communication & interpersonal skills
  • Understands and can articulate the technical ideas to non-technical people
  • Experience with Microsoft Identity services, including Active Directory Domain Services or Federation
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect– Professional
  • Three (3+) years experience designing, executing and supporting AWS Cloud with hands-on experience
  • Three (3+) years experience with Infrastructure & Application architecting in AWS Cloud including IaaS, PaaS and SaaS
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Able to estimate time and tasks necessary to complete a project
  • Excellent communication & interpersonal skills
  • Understands and can articulate the technical ideas to non-technical people

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) | Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V) | Drug Free Workplace (DFW)