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Cloud Engineer

Location: Boston , Massachusetts
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Cloud Engineer
6+ month contract 



The Harvard Medical School Department of Information Technology is seeking a talented Cloud Engineer with a strong background, and preferably certification in Amazon Web Services (AWS), focusing on managing environments that must meet federal security standards. The Senior Cloud Engineer will be responsible for supporting the HMS IT Secure Research Computing Environment (SRCE), a FISMA certified AWS cloud infrastructure environment, enabling the groundbreaking biomedical research of some of the world’s foremost scientific investigators.  


  • Oversee operational activities of the SRCE – deployment, monitoring, reporting, patching, and compliance, in partnership with HMS architecture, devops and research computing teams
  • Utilize best-practice cloud security designs to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the secure environment
  • Manage a continuous integration and deployment methodology for AWS based technologies
  • Manage full application stacks from the OS through custom research applications using AWS
  • Provide high-level support on technical computing issues to end users and developers
  • Document complex technology, data protection, confidentiality, and data residency solutions
  • Play a key role in the planning, implementation and growth of the SRCE
  • Drive continuous improvement of the SRCE through process, architecture, and cost-saving refinements



  • 5+ years of combined cloud engineering experience with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and/or Google Cloud
  • A Bachelor’s degree or 5+ years of IT consulting experience as a technologist in Customer-facing roles



Critical to this position is the ability to work independently and to make decisions at the appropriate time, taking into account the needs of the situation, priorities, constraints and the availability of necessary information all in support of the core research computing mission.

  • A strong conceptual and practical understanding of cloud security controls, principles and best practices
  • Experience and understanding of legal and regulatory standards (PCI, FedRAMP, CCPA, GDPR, etc.) as they pertain to a secure computing environment
  • 2+ years of experience in healthcare systems and authorities operations (FISMA, FedRAMP) architecture/designs
  • Experience with configuration, updating and deployment of AWS Landing Zone
  • Experience with AWS technologies which may include IAM, EC2, EBS, ELB, RDS, RedShift, S3, Glacier, Route 53, Gateways, VPCs, CloudWatch, Lambda scripts, CloudFormation, VDI, Appstream 2.0, Control Tower, Service Catalog
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate is a plus
  • Experience  supporting large-scale enterprise IT cloud projects
  • Hands-on experience with distributed resource management and virtualization technologies
  • Experience communicating technical issues to executive level audiences
  • Experience with the following technologies is a plus:
    • Puppet / Foreman / Terraform
    • Containerization technologies: Docker, Singularity, Kubernetes, Amazon ECS
    • Open-source databases: MySQL/Mariadb, Postgres, including SaaS variants
    • Scripting languages, such as Bash, Python and PowerShell
    • GitHub/GitLab and git workflows
    • AWS Service Work Bench
    • Qualys, Checkmarx
    • Splunk
  • Experience creating, deploying and managing Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates
  • Experience with Azure Synapse, MySQL and Postres SaaS offerings
  • Experience with Azure Active Directory (AAD) integration with other Azure offerings
  • Experience utilizing AWS and Azure endpoints to connect on-premise resources to the cloud




  1. Demonstrated self-starter who can operate independently without supervision and ability to “ramp up” quickly in both technology and business processes
  2. Works inter-dependently toward enterprise goals and objectives by deep collaboration with the community
  3. Works well under pressure and can shift readily between the “big picture” and the small but crucial details, knowing when to focus on each.
  4. Provide strategic guidance to develop new technological approaches and applications, being up-to-date on technical trends and innovations which would benefit HMS.
  5. Has capability to contribute through others to increase success of projects.



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