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Cloud Engineer

Southern Research
Birmingham, AL
Start date
Apr 5, 2024

Job Details

Cloud Engineer 

General Summary

The Cloud Engineer is responsible for developing/maintaining cloud strategies, evaluating cloud applications and hardware, and organizing cloud systems to meet the operational needs of the organization. The Engineer will design and implement cloud solutions including servers, storage and network infrastructure, ensuring the smooth functioning of cloud systems with minimal downtime. The Engineer will evaluate and select cloud providers, establish best practices for cloud adoption, and work with IT teams to monitor cloud privacy and address technical issues. This Engineer must stay updated on cloud computing technologies and trends, and effectively communicate complex cloud reports to management and IT partners.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Create and execute cloud computing strategies by designing, developing, and managing cloud infrastructure and assets to help a business meet its goals
  • Create a well-informed cloud strategy and manage the adaptation process
  • Evaluate cloud applications, hardware, and software
  • Develop and organize cloud systems
  • Work closely with IT security to monitor the company's cloud privacy
  • Respond to technical issues in a professional and timely manner
  • Offer guidance in infrastructure movement techniques, including bulk application transfers into the cloud
  • Identify the top cloud architecture solutions to successfully meet the needs of the company
  • Lead the organization through cloud adoption and establish best practices
  • Work closely with DevOps team members, not only for strategic planning, but also for the technical work of building, deploying, and migrating applications within an organization's computing cloud.
  • Collaborate with developers to make sure that preliminary requirements of a build are met before continuing to design and integrate the project
  • Vet and select cloud providers and third-party services
  • Responsible for on-premise VMware and SAN infrastructure

Requirements/Minimum Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of experience designing, executing, and supporting IT cloud solutions
  • Proven work experience as a Cloud Engineer/Architect or similar role
  • Positive attitude and a strong commitment to delivering quality work
  • Excellent knowledge of cloud computing technologies and current computing trends
  • Effective communication skills (written and verbal) to properly articulate complicated cloud reports to management and other IT development partners
  • Relevant training and/or certifications as a Cloud Engineer/Architect

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, computer engineering, information technology or relevant field
  • Relevant industry certifications, such as Microsoft Azure or AWS.
  • Candidates with on-premise VMware and Dell servers and storage experience a plus

Core Values

Cultivating human connection – putting people first.  We know that every individual makes a difference and that no one can do it alone.  We believe the world's most powerful resource is human potential.  We are an inclusive and courageous team where innovation and diversity of though go hand in hand.  We understand that relationships move at the speed of trust.

Operating with precise execution – measuring what matters and owning results as a team.  We leverage data to drive decisions that advance science.  We recognize the importance of a stable foundation coupled with an agile mindset.  We hold ourselves accountable and take pride in our work.  We give and receive candid feedback as a gift that keeps us growing.

Harnessing relentless curiosity – our unstoppable, innovative force.  We are driven to ask sharp questions and push the boundaries of knowledge.  We use creativity and critical thinking as catalysts for finding solutions that change lives.  We learn by doing, consistently striving to improve our relationships, training, methodologies, questions and results.

Stewarding a healthy community – implementing sustainable operations for a safe, engaging environment.  We don't compromise on safety and health for our employees, customers or community.  We believe a healthy community begins with inclusive economic opportunities.  We respect the dignity of the patients we ultimately serve.  We are motivated to serve communities that are underserved and markets that are overlooked.

Job Specific Behaviors

Relationship Orientation – Develops positive relationships by making others feel their concerns and contributions are important.

Continuous Learning – Proactively seeks performance feedback and identifies approaches to improve personal and others performance and learning.

Tolerance for Stress, Ambiguity & Change – Demonstrates flexibility in applying different approaches to changing work demands.

Effective Communication – Creates a team environment in which information flows freely and decision making is based on a win-win philosophy.

Customer Focus –Responds to customer's needs in a manner that provides added value and generates significant customer satisfaction.

Compliance – Applies an understanding of legal precedents, policies and practices to protect the interests of the organization.

Cross-team Collaboration – Ensures integration and cooperation across organizational boundaries.

Service Development, Delivery, Refinement and Quality – Manages service delivery to ensure high levels of customer impact and satisfaction.  Constantly focuses on the continuous improvement of services and processes.

Physical Demands

  • This position is typically located in an office environment
  • Ability to sit/stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to work on a computer for extended periods of time
  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs

Certifications, Licenses & Registrations

Relevant industry certifications, such as Microsoft Azure or AWS desired


MOVING SCIENCE. Our experts turn what couldn't be done into what we can't live without. By translating research into innovation, we act as catalysts that save lives and cultivate Birmingham's biotech scene. We are conduits between Science and Society. With precision, we transform ideas into discoveries. We see possibilities before they exist and activate scientific progress that is purposeful. We move science, because the promise of a brighter future moves us. We work with more than 150 industry and academic partners to drive scientific discoveries. From drug discovery to development, to carbon capture and environmental health sciences, every layer of our scientific and professional teams serve a fundamental role in moving science. We're making Birmingham the biotech hub of the southeast. Coming in 2024, our new biotech center will feature 60,000 sq. ft. of commercial wet labs, A/BSL-3 space and data science facilities. Our team will grow 125 scientific jobs and help shape the future of biotech in Alabama. We're investing in renovations of 40,000 sq. ft. of facilities including vivarium space and launching a new clinical diagnostics lab.

Company info
(205) 581-2000
2000 9th Avenue South

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