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Computational I.T. Engineer

Date: Feb 2, 2021

Location: Lynchburg, VA, US

Company: BWX Technologies

At BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BWXT), we are People Strong, Innovation Driven. Headquartered in Lynchburg, Va., BWXT provides safe and effective nuclear solutions for national security, clean energy, environmental remediation, nuclear medicine and space exploration. With approximately 6,400 employees, BWXT has 12 major operating sites in the U.S. and Canada. We are the sole manufacturer of naval nuclear reactors for U.S. submarines and aircraft carriers. Our company supplies precision manufactured components, services and fuel for the commercial nuclear power industry across four continents. Our joint ventures provide environmental remediation and nuclear operations management at more than a dozen U.S. Department of Energy and NASA facilities. BWXT’s technology is driving advances in medical radioisotope production in North America and microreactors for various defense and space applications. Follow us on Twitter at @BWXTech and learn more at



BWXT is currently seeking a Computational I.T. Engineer for its Lynchburg, VA – Ramsey Place location!


BWXT is People Strong, Innovation Driven - be part of BWXT’s innovation hub. BWXT’s Advanced Technologies (AT) researches, designs, and develops innovative new nuclear reactors, nuclear rocket propulsion systems, and radioisotope production systems for both internal and external customers. AT is seeking a Systems Engineer to join our team to assist in the development of these systems.


BWXT Advanced Technologies is seeking a Computational I.T. Engineer with a strong background in LINUX System Administration and High Performance Computing. This position will be located in the Lynchburg, VA, Ramsey Place office. The successful candidate will be responsible for the oversight, maintenance, and operation of multiple LINUX systems, including various type of servers, workstations, and high performance computing systems. As a Computational I.T. Engineer, the person will also be responsible for working with the end users to install, configure, and maintain software applications to support their needs, including engineering applications, web servers (.e.g, for GitHub), and application servers, while balancing those needs against system security and corporate IT policy requirements. This will require regular interaction with IT leadership and coordination with Cyber Security personnel to ensure that all of the necessary policies are implemented to provide appropriate levels of system security. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated and seasoned LINUX system administrator that is interested in achieving excellence and works effectively with minimal supervision. If you are looking for a career where your experience is valued, innovative thinking is fostered, and barrier-free teamwork is embraced every day, then this opportunity is for you. 


Job Description/Duties:

  • Maintaining the various LINUX systems, including performing updates, adding and removing users, maintaining security group assignments for projects on the various systems, and assessing, maintaining, and installing software packages as required.
  • Working with end users to properly install and configure new approved software on the systems and set up appropriate access restrictions to maintain license compliance when necessary.
  • Set up new systems when needed for applications or projects.
  • Configure and maintain the security profiles for the systems, including firewalls, user and group security designations, SELINUX profiles, and the implementation of appropriate encryption methods for communication between the systems and on the systems themselves.
  • Works with local management and staff to assist them with efforts to maintain compliance with Cyber Security requirements and supports internal and external audits associated with Cyber Security compliance, including remediation of compliance issues found during audits.
  • Coordinates the activities of users, Systems Administrators, and local Network Administrators to help ensure that all LINUX system policy and security requirements are met.
  • Participate in the strategic planning process to transform the LINUX computational architecture as threats, regulatory requirements, and the business needs change.


Job Qualifications/Requirements:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required.  Preferably in a Computer Science or Computer Engineering program.
  • Must possess at least ten (10) years of related experience. 
  • Must have experience with LINUX system architectures, including technology infrastructure, data, and applications.
  • Must understand best practices for LINUX system administration, and should have a working knowledge of databases, applications, and externally hosted solutions.
  • Must be familiar with LINUX scripting, package maintenance and update processes, network configuration, file systems, user account management, and group and system security policies.
  • Must be familiar with server system hardware and firmware configuration, maintenance, troubleshooting, and upkeep.
  • Must have a working knowledge of the application of security policies on LINUX systems, including SELINUX and DISA STIGs.
  • Must have working knowledge with LINUX in High Performance Computing environments.
  • Must have working competence with the installation and use of engineering design applications in LINUX environments.
  • Must have excellent communications skills in order to effectively interact with end users, local Management, and Information Technology (IT) personnel.
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality when working with sensitive information.
  • Must be a US Citizen with no dual citizenship.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) or Department of Defense (DOD) security clearance, whichever is required.


Additional Desired Skillsets:

  • Understanding of the Dell iDRAC interface to manage and maintain system integrity and performance.
  • Experience with the configuration and management of LINUX systems and job scheduling and cluster management software in High Performance Computing environments, particularly with SLURM.  Bright Cluster Manager experience highly desired.
  • Working knowledge of parallel processing environments (OpenMPI, MPICH, etc.) with both standard and Infiniband networks.
  • Working experience with the configuration and use of parallelized engineering applications in a HPC environment.
  • Certification as a Red Hat System Administrator or Engineer.
  • Prior experience in the nuclear energy industry with an understanding of software quality assurance controls.



U.S. Citizenship, with no dual citizenship is required for this position. 

<span 9pt="">Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Position requires U.S. citizenship with (no dual citizenship) ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance which involves an extensive criminal and financial background investigation, drug test and previous employment reference verifications.

BWXT supports diversity and is committed to the concept of Equal Employment Opportunity. We have established procedures to ensure that all personnel actions such as recruitment, compensation, career development, benefits, company-sponsored training and social recreational programs are administered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or veteran status.


Nearest Major Market: Lynchburg
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia

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