Cloud Computing Engineer III

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Location: Main Campus (Orlando)
Categories: Information Systems/Technology, Research/Grants

Classification Title:

Cloud Computing Engineer III

Job Description:

This position supports Knight Shield, a secure environment established at UCF to meet federal IT compliance requirements that is managed and operated by the Institute for Simulation and Training in support of researchers across the university. Responsibilities include building and monitoring highly resilient, secure, compliant, automated, cost-effective cloud computing environments following all applicable compliance standards, including but not limited to NIST 800-171, NIST 800-53, HIPAA Security Rule, DISA STIGs and SRGs. This position is customer-focused and will work closely with researchers for gathering requirements, collaborating with IT Teams on campus for setting up Windows/Linux environments and supporting applications for research projects.

Position responsibilities include:

  • Deploy, manage, and operate scalable, highly available, and fault tolerant systems on Azure and AWS, using systems engineering, network engineering, multi-region and multi-account design strategies to deliver well-architected cloud solutions for compliance needs, with boundary protection, data protection, and operational security management.

  • Write and maintain technical documentation of various environments. Write procedures, standards, and help draft policies needed to meet regulatory requirements. Provide artifacts and documentation needed for compliance and risk assessments, reports and audits.

  • Gather and document researcher requirements and provide design and architectural recommendations for implementation, deployment, and provisioning cloud resources. Provide cloud budgetary estimates for research proposals. Assist researchers in application deployments, and maintenance. Share training resources with researchers to help with their cloud environments.

  • Monitor configuration changes; create and maintain tools and scripts to manage deployments and configurations. Continually evaluate and identify tools, frameworks and technologies to support, improve and secure the overall solution delivery.

  • Build and maintain automation scripts using Azure Resource Manager and AWS CloudFormation or similar for infrastructure administration and operations. Set up Virtual Private Cloud resources, subnets, network access control lists, and security groups. Perform OS updates, software deployment, script creation, and backups, as necessary.

  • Resolve support tickets for researchers running Windows, Linux, and applications in the cloud.

  • Monitor resource utilization on the cloud and provide cost-saving recommendations (e.g. reserved or spot instances) based on use case or research workloads.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Institute for Simulation and Training (IST)

Work Schedule:

Monday- Friday; 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Schedule may vary as required.

Type of Appointment:


Expected Salary:


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's or Master's degree and 4+ years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The preferred candidate will have at least one of the following security certifications: Security+, AWS Certified Security, MS Azure Security Engineer, ISC2 CCSP, SSCP, CISSP Associate or others relevant to the position.

  • Advanced knowledge of Azure and AWS technologies like AMIs, CloudFormation templates, EC2, EBS, S3, EFS, ELB, CloudWatch, CloudTrail, Lambda, VPC, RDS, DMS, etc. for AWS; and Microsoft server operating systems, Azure AD, Azure Files, Blob Storage, Managed Disks, Site Recovery, ADConnect, VNet, Virtual Machines, Container Instances, Functions, Resource Manager, PowerShell , etc. for Azure.

  • Experience in VPC / VNET design best practices, IAM / Roles definition, OS tuning/configuration, provisioning automation, service management, and operations.

  • Experience managing cloud security against an established framework like NIST 800-171, NIST 800-53, FISMA, etc.

  • Experiencing building secure host baselines using established benchmarks like DoD STIGs or CIS.

  • Intermediate knowledge of wired and wireless networking protocols, e.g. TCP/IP, DHCP, DNS, SNMP, and HTTPS protocols.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to articulate solution architecture to researchers and executives.

  • Superior analytical, problem-solving, and trouble-shooting skills.

  • Advanced technical skills for engineering of systems, frameworks, workflows, tools.

  • Excellent collaboration skills, working as a team member, and motivating others.

Additional Application Materials Requirements:

If you are selected as the final candidate for an employment opportunity here at UCF, both your position and salary will be significantly based upon the information that you have provided in your application for employment. We urge you to please take the time to complete the application in its entirety.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

US Citizenship required as the position must manage and guard access to research project related Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and security information (Export Controlled) as it pertains to various federal agencies and sub-agencies.

Must be willing to get Security Clearance if required as job responsibilities evolve.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.


The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.


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