Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Batavia, Illinois 60510
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

We Are:

Fermilab is America’s best-in-class laboratory for particle physics and accelerator research, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. We support discovery science experiments in Illinois and at locations around the world, including deep underground mines in South Dakota and Canada, mountaintops in Arizona and Chile, and the South Pole!

We are strategic risk takers, innovators, and collaborators. We are engineers, scientists, technicians, administrative professionals. We are 1,800 employees advancing knowledge for the benefit of humankind. Fermilab has been at the forefront of particle physics for more than 40 years. We build world-leading accelerators and detectors to conduct some of the most advanced particle physics experiments possible. We collect and analyze the data from those experiments with some of the most powerful computers in the world. We conduct this research on a 6,800-acre prairie, 35 miles outside Chicago, a treasure that has been designated a National Environmental Research Park.

Fermilab’s Core Computing Division seeks an experienced Database Administrator (DBA) to join their team. The selected candidate will apply their advanced skills in database administration in support of the Laboratory's mission by supporting our scientific and non-scientific communities. This individual will act as a main contact and liaison for database system and operational problem investigations providing guidance and training to less experienced team members.

You Will:

  • Design, create, develop, modify, implement and administer business and/or scientific databases ensuring the integrity and accessibility for the acquisition, storage, and retrieval of data.
  • Develop specifications for several large, inter-related projects and implement them and provide oversight of their implementation.
  • Contribute to and lead database maintenance efforts, regularly collecting requirements and information from vendors and users for specific projects and ongoing operations.
  • Analyze and define data requirements and specifications.
  • Be responsible for quality control by auditing database integrity to ensure accurate and proper use of data.
  • Interact with management to develop database strategies to support the Lab’s mission.
  • Interact directly with users to resolve data conflicts or database performance problems.
  • Select methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for acquiring results.
  • Provide direction for entire project or project team.
  • Provide coordination between multiple projects or teams.
  • Analyze and define data requirements and specifications.
  • Analyze and plan for anticipated changes in data capacity requirements.
  • Develop and administer data standards, policies and procedures. 
  • Provide technical leadership and expertise within the team and to outside project teams when requested. 
  • Communicate and describe work details and relevant technical matters, in written and oral form. 
  • Identify and resolve complex problems. 
  • Author progress reports and technical proposals. 
  • Contribute to and lead projects of moderate scope or phases of larger projects and interact with other project layers, as assigned. 
  • Instruct, direct, and check the work of others in a group. 
  • Be responsible for operational and/or maintenance activities for one or more specific projects as assigned. 
  • Abide by and be responsible for performing all duties as assigned and in accordance with all environmental, health and safety regulations and practices pertinent to this position. 


We Are Looking For:

  • High School diploma with 8+ years of meaningful experience. Bachelor’s degree with 3+ years of recent experience successfully installing, patching, tuning and administering Oracle databases, preferred.
  • Oracle Applications DBA experience with e-Business Suite (EBS) and/or PeopleSoft a big plus.
  • Knowledge of other database platforms (SQL Server, PostgreSQL, My/SQL, MariaDB or MongoDB) a plus.
  • Proficient in UNIX/Linux shell scripting.
  • Proven ability to learn and become effective with new technologies and applications.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills plus the ability to effectively communicate with all levels in the organization.
  • Proven mastery of troubleshooting techniques and ability to solve problems quickly.
  • Demonstrated ability to create innovative solutions.
  • Excellent decision-making skills at all times.
  • Willingness to foster an environment of learning, progression and accountability.
  • Ability to function as an effective team member.

Physical Activity and Work Conditions

Human Factors: Mental Concentration, Sitting, Standing, Tight Work Schedule, Visually Demanding

Fermilab is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Underrepresented groups/Women/Disabled/Veterans are encouraged to apply


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