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Infrastructure Engineer III

Department: Cell Science IT

Infrastructure Engineer III Ė Allen Institute for Cell Science

*We highly value the ability to communicate clearly in written form; applicants are strongly encouraged to include a brief cover letter explaining their interest in the role and elaborating on their experience*

The mission of the Allen Institute for Cell Science is to create multi-scale visual models of cell organization, dynamics, and activities. Our approach encompasses large scale data collection, observation, theory, and predictions to understand cellular behavior in normal and pathological contexts. As a division within the Allen Institute, the Allen Institute for Cell Science uses a team-oriented approach, focusing on accelerating foundational research, developing standards and models, and cultivating new ideas to make a transformational impact on science.

We are seeking a talented and enthusiastic individual to join the Software Engineering Team as an Infrastructure Engineer. This person will work in a collaborative environment to build and maintain the infrastructure that powers our high-throughput data pipeline and enables analysis of our multi-petabyte data set.

The ideal candidate for the position will have the following qualities:

  • Enjoys working closely with teammates, towards a common goal
  • Is comfortable interacting with scientists, learning about their work as well identifying and explaining how modern compute infrastructure can further enable that work
  • Is curious and enjoys learning new tools, techniques and technologies relevant to operations and software engineering
  • Enjoys developing clean, maintainable code with an eye towards excellence, and considers both the short-term and long-term impact of their technical decisions

The Allen Institute believes that team science significantly benefits from the participation of diverse voices, experiences and backgrounds. High-quality science can only be produced when it includes different perspectives. We are committed to increasing diversity across every team and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for this role.

Essential Functions

  • Create, deploy and maintain AWS Cloud infrastructure using Terraform
  • Define Linux system configuration in code using Ansible; write automated tests to validate configuration-as-code using Molecule framework
  • Review systems and infrastructure pull requests; follow Allen Institute standards for software development and code deployments
  • Manage and integrate on-premises and cloud storage systems
  • Take primary responsibility for infrastructure stability and performance; collaborate with developers to investigate issues that arise with applications running in production and staging environments
  • Support and maintain CI/CD, database, logging and metrics infrastructure
  • Communicate effectively through written documentation and presentations as well as informal interactions with co-workers
  • Work together with stakeholders and senior engineers to scope work and set timelines; proactively identify and help mitigate risks to project scope and timeline when needed to ensure milestones and deadlines are achieved
  • Participate in on-hours support triage rotation, approximately one week out of every three months
  • Work together with stakeholders and senior engineers to scope work and set timelines; proactively identify and help mitigate risks to project scope and timeline when needed to ensure milestones and deadlines are achieved

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

  • Bachelorís Degree or equivalent combination of degree and experience
  • 2 years of experience in a devops, system administration or similar role
  • Production experience with common infrastructure-as-code/configuration-as-code frameworks, such as Ansible, Chef or Terraform
  • Deep production experience using code to configure one of: Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud or Microsoft Azure
  • Experience writing scripts and automating tasks in a common scripting language
  • Minimum 3 years of experience administering common Linux distribution such as Ubuntu or Red Hat
  • Experience with relational database management

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Experience defining infrastructure with Ansible and Terraform
  • Experience deploying complex infrastructure with multiple AWS products
  • Experience developing scripts in Python and Bash
  • Experience with large-scale Ubuntu deployments
  • Experience managing PostgreSQL and MongoDB
  • High-performance computing experience, ideally on a public cloud
  • Production experience with Kubernetes; EKS experience strongly preferred

Work Environment

  • Open office seating
  • May enter laboratory environment, including potential exposure to lasers, biohazards

Physical Demands

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

Position Type

  • This role is currently able to work both remotely and onsite in a hybrid work environment. We are a Washington State employer, and the primary work location for all Allen Institute employees is 615 Westlake Ave N.; any remote work must be performed in Washington State.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

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

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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