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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory IT Engineer 2 in Saint Paul, Minnesota


The Computing and Information Technology Directorate works to re-imagine how digital technologies can simplify the research experience, enable data-driven insights for decision makers, and accelerate PNNL’s research missions.

Our Middleware and Database team is seeking a highly skilled Cloud Data Specialist to join our Cyber Security & Digital Operations directorate's Cloud Data team. Essential duties include database administration and business collaboration to design, develop, implement, maintain, and support our Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) product suite with Cloud-based automated solutions. Candidates will possess a deep understanding of enterprise-level IT database architecture and can challenge the team to innovate various database and cloud-based SaaS solutions. Additional responsibilities include governance, security, and compliance to support business operations and data analysis requirements.

Success in this role means delivering results through strong technical skills, communications, and collaboration with a relentless focus on what’s best for our users and the business.


Applies engineering and technical solutions to the installation, design, maintenance, backup & recovery, and security for on-premises and cloud-based databases such as SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, and AWS RDS. Supports the installation and operation of an Enterprise ERP solution ensuring data governance, security and compliance while safeguarding data privacy and mitigating risks. Automates tasks to provide efficient processing.

Other responsibilities include:

· Classify data by sensitivity and maintain an inventory of stored data.

· Identify and assess security risks and vulnerabilities.

· Encrypt data at rest and in transit.

· Implement strong authentication and access controls.

· Deploy intrusion detection/prevention systems and keep software updated.

· Use role-based access control and principle of least privilege.

· Monitor user access and activity.

· Ensure compliance with relevant regulations.

· Implement data retention policies and audit trails.

· Protect individuals' data with anonymization or pseudonymization.

· Obtain consent for data processing and provide transparency.

· Train employees in security best practices and raise awareness.

· Monitor security posture continuously and update policies as needed.

· Participate in peer reviews and provide feedback.

· May consult with and lead cross-functional teams.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA and 2 years of relevant experience -OR-

  • MS/MA -OR-

  • PhD

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a complex Enterprise environment of 6,000+ users

  • Experience managing Microsoft SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, and AWS RDS

  • Experience in task automation using PowerShell, Bash, Python, or other languages

  • Knowledge of Cloud environments such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, Google Cloud Platform

  • Demonstrated ability to self-direct, prioritize, and manage multiple tasks and priorities

  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to collaborate effectively in cross-functional teams

  • Demonstrated ability to solve challenging technical problems with innovative solutions

  • Customer service oriented and approachable

  • Exceptional communicator with both technical and nontechnical audiences

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Not applicable.

Additional Information

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.


  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance with 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.

  • Drug Testing: All Security Clearance positions are Testing Designated Positions, which means that the candidate selected is subject to pre-employment and random drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 months can be demonstrated.

Testing Designated Position

This position is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). The candidate selected for this position will be subject to pre-employment and random drug testing for illegal drugs, including marijuana, consistent with the Controlled Substances Act and the PNNL Workplace Substance Abuse Program.

About PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3-hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at careers@pnnl.gov .

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

If you are offered employment at PNNL, you must pass a drug test prior to commencing employment. PNNL complies with federal law regarding illegal drug use. Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal drug. If you test positive for any illegal controlled substance, including marijuana, your offer of employment will be withdrawn.

HSPD-12 PIV Credential Requirement

In accordance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) and Department of Energy (DOE) Order 473.1A, new employees are required to obtain and maintain a HSPD-12 Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Credential. To obtain this credential, new employees must successfully complete and pass a Federal Tier 1 background check investigation. This investigation includes a declaration of illegal drug activities, including use, supply, possession, or manufacture within the last year. This includes marijuana and cannabis derivatives, which are still considered illegal under federal law, regardless of state laws.

Mandatory Requirements

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries, you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Rockstar Rewards

Employees and their families are offered medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, health savings account, flexible spending accounts, basic life insurance, disability insurance, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, tuition assistance, supplemental parental bonding leave, surrogacy and adoption assistance, and fertility support. Employees are automatically enrolled in our company funded pension plan and may enroll in our 401k savings plan. Employees may accrue up to 120 vacation hours per year and may receive ten paid holidays per year.

  • Research Associates excluded.

**Once eligibility requirements are met.

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Minimum Salary

USD $96,000.00/Yr.

Maximum Salary

USD $144,000.00/Yr.