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DevOps Engineer II - Allen Institute for Neural Dynamics

Department: Neural Dynamics - Scientific Computing

DevOps Engineer II - Allen Institute for Neural Dynamics

The mission of the Allen Institute is to unlock the complexities of bioscience and advance our knowledge to improve human health. Using an open science, multi-scale, team-oriented approach, the Allen Institute focuses on accelerating foundational research, developing standards and models, and cultivating new ideas to make a broad, transformational impact on science.

The mission of the Allen Institute for Neural Dynamics is to answer fundamental questions about brain function. Specifically, how does our brain build our understanding of the complex world around us to guide the flexible behaviors that address our biological needs? The answers will be in terms of defined neuron types interacting across the whole brain and body, requiring us to develop next-generation neurotechnologies and employ a team-based approach for discovery neuroscience. Knowledge, data, and tools will be widely shared, in part to support the development of therapies for brain disorders.

We are seeking a skilled DevOps Engineer to help build, test, and deploy a cloud-first data platform that enables multiple scientific teams collecting peta-scale biological datasets to share data with the neuroscience community adhering to FAIR standards. The ideal candidate will be familiar with best standards and practices around platform engineering, release automation, secrets management, and CI/CD in a cloud environment.

The Allen Institute believes that team science significantly benefits from the participation of diverse voices, experiences, and backgrounds. Progress in science benefits from multiple perspectives. We are committed to increasing diversity across every team and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for this role.

Essential Functions

  • Collaborate with program managers, scientists, and engineers to translate requirements into effective platform engineering solutions
  • Create and maintain CI/CD processes
  • Automate software releases
  • Facilitate the creation of test environments
  • Help transfer on-premise workflows into containerized cloud services

Note: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This description reflects managementís assignment of essential functions; it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in computer science, computer engineering, or relevant field; or equivalent combination of degree and experience
  • 1 year of equivalent experience

Preferred Education and Experience

  • 2-4 years of experience in DevOps, system administration, or similar role
  • Experience defining infrastructure with Cloudformation, Ansible, or Terraform
  • Experience working with tera- and peta-scale biological data
  • Experience deploying applications in one of AWS, GCP, or Azure 
  • Experience with the Agile methodology
  • Experience with scripting languages (Bash and Python, Golang a plus)
  • Experience with CI/CD implementation (Jenkins, Gitlab, or equivalent)
  • Experience with Github and Docker (Kubernetes a plus)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Cloud certifications

Physical Demands

  • Fine motor movements in fingers/hands to operate computers and other office equipment

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • This role is currently working onsite and is expected to work onsite for the majority of working hours. The primary work location for this role is 615 Westlake Ave N., with flexibility to work remotely on a limited basis.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • In keeping with our focus on employee safety, all employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. All employees will be required to keep their vaccination status up to date according to CDC guidance and our policy.

Additional Comments:

  • **Please note, this opportunity does not offer work visa sponsorship**

It is the policy of the Allen Institute to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the Allen Institute will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.





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