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Lab Engineer - Data Center Operations



Arizona, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 11, 2024

Lab Engineer – Data Center Operations

  • Engineering
  • Arizona
  • Full-time


As a Lab Engineer at VAST Data, you will play a critical role in the setup, maintenance, and troubleshooting of our data center operations. This position requires a deep understanding of both hardware and software systems, including VMware, Linux, and basic networking. The ideal candidate will have hands-on experience with data center environments, PXE/network booting, OS imaging, rack design, and scripting.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Rack Maintenance: Manage the physical infrastructure of the data center, including adding and removing hardware and optimizing rack design.
  • Troubleshooting: Perform troubleshooting at the software layer, addressing issues related to VMware, Linux, and networking. Conduct low-level BIOS/bootloader/hardware debugging as needed.
  • Environment Setup: Build and configure environments based on specifications gathered from requests from internal or external customers, ensuring all systems operate correctly and efficiently before hand-off.
  • Liaison Work: Act as a key contact between onsite and offsite IT departments or other key departments involved, facilitating communication and coordination to ensure continuity and efficiency of operations.
  • Communication: Maintain strong communication channels with team members and other departments, providing clear and concise information on technical issues and project statuses.
  • Lab Uptime: Ensure that the lab remains up and stable under normal operating conditions, and bringing hardware back up to it’s previous known state as part of hardware rotations


  • Technical Skills:
  • Proficient in VMware and virtualization technologies.
  • Strong understanding of Linux operating systems.
  • Knowledge of basic networking, including PXE/network booting and imaging.
  • Familiarity with data center rack design and maintenance.
  • Soft Skills: Excellent problem-solving abilities, strong communication skills, and the ability to work independently or as part of a team.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience in scripting with languages such as Bash, Python, or otherwise.
  • Automation/Orchestration via ansible or similar orchestration platforms

Location: Phoenix, AZ