Axle Informatics

Sr. HPC DevOps Engineer

Job Locations US-MD-Rockville
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(4/21/2021 5:46 PM)
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Axle Informatics is a bioinformatics and information technology company that offers innovative computer services, informatics, and enterprise solutions to research centers and healthcare organizations around the globe. With experts in software engineering, bioinformatics and program management, we focus on developing and applying technology tools and techniques to empower decision-making and accelerate the discovery in translational research. We work with some of the top research organizations and facilities in the country including multiple institutes at the National Institutes of health (NIH).


Axle Informatics is looking for a Sr. HPC DevOps Engineer with high experience in process automation, CI/CD pipelines and GitOps procedures to support a next-generation scientific computing environment for today's and tomorrow's needs in high-end data analysis and extreme-scale computing at NIH-NCATS.  This candidate will play a lead role in our strategic efforts to support scientific computing needs. The candidate will help the Scientific Computing team to design and implement features and solutions relevant to multiple aspects of data analytics, to identify business problems, and, to provide solutions to the scientific community and partners at NCATS.


  • Develop, maintain, and enhance solutions that automate manual processes within business functions. Specifically, solutions that automate workflows for development and planning, onboarding, approval, and handover
  • Act as the DevOps SME for full-stack scientific computing platform
  • Work to have best in class DevOps, CI/CD and GitOps procedures & tools
  • Partner with solution architects on solution design and alignment with development standards and best practices
  • Advise on business opportunities for automation and recommend solutions to common business problems
  • Provide support on all bespoke applications and solutions and provide timely production issue response and resolution
  • Provide regular updates on work planned, in-progress, and completed
  • Produce design artifacts and documentation that depicts solution / software design and code base
  • Provide comprehensive testing and coordinate user acceptance testing activity. Provide functional testing, as needed
  • Perform daily, weekly, and monthly reviews and analyses of current processes using operational metrics and reports
  • Understand and communicate the operational impact of any changes to solutions
  • Build, maintain, and scale on-prem and cloud environments
  • Enthusiasm to automate everything


  • Bachelor’s degree in appropriate field of study required (Computer Science, Information Systems, or equivalent) or 10+ years relevant work experience
  • 5+ years of experience with DevOps methodologies and software development tools such as Docker, Kubernetes, Ansible, Jenkins, Prometheus, Chef or Puppet
  • Strong experience with developing CI/CD DevOps pipelines; experience working in a continuous software delivery CI/CD environment with other teammates
  • Experience with containers and container orchestration platforms
  • Must be a Python scripter!
  • Strong experience with programming & scripting in Bash, Python, Perl, R, Scala, Java, C or C++
  • Strong DevOps and cloud experience (AWS, GCP, Azure); experience with designing, developing, deploying, and testing in hybrid on-prem and cloud ecosystems; experience with deploying cloud-native solutions
  • Experience with GIT or similar configuration management (CM) repository
  • Knowledge of cyberoperations, cybersecurity or DevSecOps
  • Enjoys working directly with customers and end-users to define and tease out software requirements


  • Experience building solutions in Linux based infrastructures
  • Experience with designing, building, and implementing automation tools, including Ansible, Chef, or Puppet
  • Experience with Infrastructure as Code tools, including CloudFormation or Terraform
  • Experience with development operations processes and tool chain and common technologies such as Jenkins, Git, Ansible, Maven, Puppet, etc.
  • Bash and Python scripting
  • Cloud ecosystems (AWS, GCP, Azure)
  • In-depth experience building out K8s clusters
  • In-depth experience in containerization technologies by including orchestration platforms
  • Experience with data integration tools
  • Ability to work independently and with others
  • Extremely organized with strong time-management skills
  • Understanding of enterprise architecture principals and willingness to learn rigorous modeling methodologies
  • Strong communication skills including verbal, written, and presentation capabilities
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, multi-task, and engage collaboratively with multiple functions
  • Demonstrated track record of leadership, initiative, and multi-functional project management
  • Skills and proficiencies in software design, analysis, software maintenance, process improvement, big picture thinking
  • Active contributor in one or more open-source communities preferred
  • Experience with application performance analysis and monitoring, including ELK stack preferred
  • Experience with common data platforms such as Apache Spark & Hadoop, Snowflake preferred
  • Familiarity with High-Performance Computing and overall scientific computing systems preferred


  • 100% Medical, Dental & Vision premium coverage for Employees  
  • Paid Time Off (Including Holidays) 
  • Employee Referral Bonus  
  • 401K Match 
  • Tuition reimbursement and professional development opportunities 
  • Flexible Spending Accounts:
    • Healthcare (FSA)
    • Parking Reimbursement Account (PRK)
    • Dependent Care Assistant Program (DCAP)
    • Transportation Reimbursement Account (TRN)

The diversity of Axle’s employees is a tremendous asset. We are firmly committed to providing equal opportunity in all aspects of employment and will not tolerate any illegal discrimination or harassment based age, race, gender, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, covered veteran status, sexual orientation, status with respect to public assistance, and other characteristics protected under state, federal, or local law and to deter those who aid, abet, or induce discrimination or coerce others to discriminate.


Accessibility: If you need an accommodation as part of the employment process please contact: 

                                              Email: careers


Disclaimer: The above description is meant to illustrate the general nature of work and level of effort being performed by individual’s assigned to this position or job description. This is not restricted as a complete list of all skills, responsibilities, duties, and/or assignments required. Individuals may be required to perform duties outside of their position, job description or responsibilities as needed.


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