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Research Computing Cloud Engineer

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The Office of Information Technology encourages applications for a Research Computing Cloud Engineer! The Cloud Engineer is a key contributor to the development of secure cloud environments for researchers including designing and implementing compute environments that meet federal standards. The Cloud Engineer deploys and manages cloud infrastructure and applications that enforce federal controls across multiple cloud and hybrid cloud platforms. This will include providing solid customer service, consulting and hands-on assistance where needed to research application and infrastructure owners ensuring compliance standards are met. The Cloud Engineer will work in a highly collaborative environment with the Enterprise Cloud Architect, mentoring research application owners and teammates while learning multi-functional skills to support a range of technologies.
This position carries a general expectation to respond to critical issues and incidents that arise outside of normal business hours within a reasonable time frame, as established by the position’s supervisor. This expectation is consistent with commitments RC has made with customers that many of its services will have “best effort” coverage outside of regular business hours.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

  • CIO Information Technology will be valued by campus as a strategic, inclusive and innovative partner in advancing learning and discovery in order to enable CU Boulder to be a premier public university.
  • CIO Information Technology enables campus priorities by providing high-value IT services and solutions. 
  • Trust, as a foundation for how we engage with one another and with campus partners, along with 
  • Avid curiosity in how to better support the campus and our stakeholder’s while 
  • Fostering empowerment and authentic engagement among ourselves and 
  • Celebrating inclusivity that promotes a sense of belonging while acknowledging that each person is unique and valued. 
  • CIO Information Technology will advance learning and discovery by delivering high-value reliable IT services and solutions that:
    • Provide a fluid and adaptable academic and student experience 
    • Enable research competitiveness and 
    • Deliver core infrastructure and enterprise IT services for business effectiveness.
Based on our departmental goals and our commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence, CIO Information Technology particularly welcomes applications from candidates whose knowledge, skills, and abilities, and desire to contribute to an inclusive campus environment, will help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Cloud Engineering:
  • Develop, integrate, test, and deploy the secure public cloud service including Infrastructure as Code, Continuous Integration and Deployment and Application components.
  • Contribute to the engineering and implementation of a secure public cloud infrastructure.
  • Implement and maintain cloud systems, integrating the required CMMC security controls.
  • Leverage scripting, automation, and configuration management tools to accelerate compliance and adoption of the secure cloud environment.
  • Participate in technical planning activities and provide analysis on how to implement plans and the impact of plans to budget and staffing and existing infrastructure.
  • Implement, manage, and tune cloud-specific security toolsets and processes.
  • Document system security plan and operational procedures.
  • Investigate, test, evaluate and recommend new technologies to support organizational, program and strategic objectives.
Technical Consulting with Research Teams:
  • Consult with research application owners to assist in adapting their applications to a compliant public cloud environment.
  • Collaborate with research application owners, the Office of Information Security, the Cloud Architecture team as well as Enterprise Services Messaging and Collaboration Team to understand application and network architecture and-behavior and design adequate controls.
Operational Support and Monitoring:
  • Assist other team members in supervising the secure research cloud landing zone, research applications and hybrid system components for threats and provide response support to address active events.
  • Perform daily, weekly, and monthly security and compliance validation activities as needed.
  • Resolve service incidents in a timely manner while continually striving to identify and eliminate the root cause of incidents.
  • Raise security incidents to central security operations team.
Professional Development:
  • This position will maintain professional expertise in the field by reviewing trade publications lists, studying the latest vendor trends, reviewing pertinent mailing lists, and attending seminars, training sessions and conferences.
  • This position will identify and elect relevant training opportunities that would be most beneficial to the organization.

What You Should Know

  • This position is in a hybrid work situation.
  • Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. 
    • New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

  • Salary: $94,000 - $104,000.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related field. A combination of education and related experience may be substituted for the degree on a year for year basis.
  • 2 years experience with cloud services and technologies.
  • 2 years of experience in scripting and automation or application development.
  • At least 1 year experience managing systems to meet compliance controls (e.g. FISMA, NIST, HIPAA, PCI-DSS, etc.).

What You Will Need

  • Ability to work independently and be proactive to ensure proper availability of systems/services.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills with the ability to diagnose and fix technical issues.
  • Strong collaborative skills and ability to work with colleagues to solve sophisticated problems.
  • Strong customer service and relationship skills.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Azure experience and certifications (e.g. Azure Administrator, Azure Developer, AZ-500).
  • Other cloud system operations experience (e.g. AWS, GCP).
  • Cloud Workload Protection Platform (CWPP) or Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) experience.
  • Experience monitoring and managing the security operations of enterprise systems and applications (CloudWatch, CloudTrail, Azure Monitoring, Security Center, Sentinel, Log Analytics).
  • Experience with IT security, networking, system design and data privacy standard processes.
  • Experience with UNIX, Linux, Windows or database administration in a research or research environment.
  • Understanding of networking, DNS and DHCP.
  • Understanding of firewall and load balancing technologies.
  • Experience with Infrastructure as Code tools (Terraform, CloudFormation, etc).
  • Experience with at least one development or scripting language.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.
We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by August 17, 2022 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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