Cloud Computing Engineer

Updated: 27 days ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS


Posted: 23-May-24

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Type: Full-time

Salary: Open


Information Technology

Internal Number: JR26336

Location: Chicago, IL

Job Description:

  • Helps build and operate the Chameleon experimental platform (â‹www.chameleoncloud.orgâ‹): specific tasks may range from integrating state-of-the-art technologies such as disaggregated hardware or IoT devices, evaluating and extending open-source systems and tools such as OpenStack, and new feature development -- to system upgrades and maintenance, or implementing security controls.

  • Works directly with users as a technical consultant to answer their questions, troubleshoot issues, and see how the work is impacting their science daily.

  • Collaborates with scientific application groups nationwide and works with stakeholders to gather and analyze requirements for developmental programs. Receives a moderate level of guidance to design applications to meet University and business requirements.

  • Shares experiences with wider community by contributing to papers as part of a research team that regularly publishes in various academic venues.

  • Works with stakeholders to gather and analyze requirements for developmental programs. Receives a moderate level of guidance to design applications to meet University and business requirements.

  • Supports and maintains existing applications. Works with web developers and responds to requests from users.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Advanced degree in mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering, or a related field strongly preferred. .


  • Demonstrated programming experience (development, debugging, and maintenance).

  • Experience with IaaS cloud systems, such as OpenStack or Amazon Web Services, and relevant technologies.

  • Experience with system administration and relevant technologies (e.g., Ceph, MariaDB).

  • Interest and experience in systems research and working on challenges that donâ™t have obvious solutions.

  • Demonstrated contributions to open-source software.

  • Experience with distributed systems, performance analysis, and resource and/or data management systems.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of Unix/Linux.

  • Python programming skills.

  • Familiarity with system administration tools (e.g., Ceph, MariaDB) and DevOps tools (e.g., Jenkins, Ansible) and virtualization or containerization technologies (e.g., KVM, Docker).

  • Familiarity with front-end technologies, portal development, and Jupyter.

Preferred Competencies

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to think and work independently to develop exceptional technical solutions.

  • Ability to identify similar or complementary commercial or academic solutions and read scientific literature to fill in knowledge gaps as needed.

  • Ability to prioritize and manage workload to meet critical project milestones and deadlines.

Working Conditions

  • Ability to work in a collaborative (potentially remote) team environment. 

  • Ability to work on a flexible schedule which will include occasional late night and/or weekend hours.

  • Sense of humor appreciated.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (preferred)

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