Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Research Scientist

Date: Sep 14, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 11628 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security. We are seeking an Artificial Intelligence  and Machine Learning Research Scientist who will support the Cyber Resilience and Intelligence Division in the National Security Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  This is a part-time (casual part-time) position.   The Cyber Resilience and Intelligence Division provides new methods, tools, and strategies to detect and mitigate adversarial attacks on critical infrastructure and protections and informs national agencies about the nature, extent, and severity of adversarial actions​ with the goal of improving the US cyber and physical security posture.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Provide technical insights for program and project development
  • Lead teams to define and execute sponsor requirements
  • Interact with sponsors and funding agencies from project conception, proposal writing, and project execution
  • Mentor early career staff through both formal project, task, and technical leadership.
  • Deliver ORNL's mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace - in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or a related field and a minimum of 12 years experience in government service and private industry. A combination of education and experience may also be considered.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience leading teams and performing research in artificial intelligence / machine learning, specifically for biometrics, digital forensics, and computer vision for national security applications
  • Proven track record managing and executing funding at both relatively low levels (<1 full time equivalent) to larger efforts (10+ full time equivalence)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory 
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs


This part-time position can be executed remotely if the candidate has the proper experience and proven track record of success including working in a remote or hybrid position, but the position will require occasional travel to ORNL or to sponsor sites.


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Q clearance with SCI: This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain an Secret Compartmented Information (SCI) clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.  In addition, due the SCI, you may be also be subject to random polygraph testing.  


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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