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Software Test Engineer 2

Company: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Location: Richland
Posted on: May 12, 2024

Job Description:

Protecting U.S. residents and visitors is among our nation's highest priorities. As adversaries gain access to sophisticated technologies and materials, the threats grow more dynamic and complex-from cyber and nuclear to chemical and biological weapons of mass effect and other forms of terrorism. The PNNL national security mission employs our researchers, tools, and technologies to play a key role in advancing the ability to identify and secure nuclear materials, detect weapons of mass effect, manage nonproliferation treaties, secure our nation's borders, and protect critical infrastructures. PNNL's scientific discovery and capabilities-rooted in innovative theory, methods, algorithms, and tools-are enabling stronger, more resilient technologies and systems to safeguard national security. Coupled with decades of radiological and nuclear materials expertise, advanced computing and threat analysis capabilities, and a broad fundamental science base, we are identifying and countering emerging threats that have significant impact at home and around the globe.
Join a group of 90 software engineers using the latest technologies to solve the hardest problems for our nation. We are seeking a software test engineer II to design, build, and deploy automated test solutions for scalable data pipelines and analytics/machine learning solutions.
A day in the life of a software test engineer at PNNL might start by reviewing any open pull requests on the group's Git repository or checking for any failed deployment builds on your current projects. As you're finishing up your second cup of coffee, you attend a pair-programming session with a teammate to implement a cypress automated test to verify a new background-service within the API. After a productive half-hour, they have a clear path forward and can continue.
You begin the next assigned work-ticket, which involves putting together a new build in Bamboo or GitLab to simplify common build/test/deploy procedures. Next, you might study user requirements for the new project you're on before honing your creativity skills and designing a cypress UI test. Satisfied with your test, you send them out for review and reflect on another productive and exciting day applying your skills to make the nation more secure.
Missing some of these skills or experiences? That's okay. If you have relevant technical expertise, are highly driven, and are very motivated to learn these technologies and tackle these domain problems, let's talk.
How We Work

  • Diverse and flexible projects - Flexibility to choose and move between projects

  • Agile development environment - Scrum meetings, standups, demos, and retrospectives

  • Partners - Work with government, academic, industry, and other partners to solve problems

  • Locations - Richland, WA with partners and collaborators in Seattle, WA and Washington, D.C.

  • Team Sizes - Typically around 5-10 members, although projects can be more than 100 or just a few members

  • Team Compositions - Our teams include cloud engineers, machine learning engineers, data scientists/domain experts, UI/UX designers, front-end developers, scrums masters, product owners, and most importantly, users

    Critical Technologies to Understand

    • Programming & Scripting - JavaScript with, Python

    • Compute - IoT/ICS, Fargate/EC2, ECS/Docker, EKS/Kubernetes, EMR

    • Development - Cypress Test Automation, Git/Gitlab, Agile, Atlassian, CI/CD, IDE

    • Data and Storage - S3, Athena, Postgres, Elasticsearch/OpenSearch, Dynamo, Redshift, MongoDB, SQL, phpMyAdmin

    • Pipelines - IAM, Cognito, Nifi, Airflow, Dagster, Spark, Lambda, Beats, Splunk

    • Analytics - Dask, Numpy & Pandas, DataBricks, SageMaker, Tensorflow/Keras, PySpark

    • Tools - Jira, Confluence, Bitbucket, Bamboo, GitLab

      Minimum Qualifications:

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

      • MS/MA -OR-

      • PhD

        Preferred Qualifications:

        • Experience programming in JavaScript for use with testing framework

        • Experience verifying ad-hoc reports for PNNL Management and DOE customers

        • Experience setting up and running Bamboo builds for reporting of automated test results

        • Prepares information and documentation necessary to support software test cycles

        • Ability to get and maintain a Q Clearance and higher

          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 .
            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.
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            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 $102,200.00/Yr.
              Maximum Salary
              USD $153,300.00/Yr.

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