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Director, Artificial Intelligence Programs

Date: Sep 9, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 7835 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking a Director of Artificial Intelligence Programs to lead laboratory research, development and application of AI and machine learning (AI/ML) to solve problems of national importance.  Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy laboratory located near Knoxville, Tennessee with a broad mission in science and engineering.  ORNL delivers world-class scientific facilities, including DOE’s Leadership Class Computing Facility and the Spallation Neutron Source.  The AI Program Director will lead efforts to deliver a foundational AI/ML capability supporting ORNL’s broad mission and deliver world-class solutions in computer and computational science, neutron science, materials science, biology and health science, nuclear engineering, isotopes, manufacturing, energy, and climate science. 


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Lead ORNL’s Artificial Intelligence Initiative, which is funded through the Laboratory’s Directed Research and Development Program
  • Set laboratory strategic objectives and priorities for AI/ML research, and act in both a managerial and technical capacity in providing project leadership.  
  • Engage with human resources and other laboratory leaders to hire and retain a world-class diverse AI/ML workforce.
  • Work with scientists and engineers across ORNL and other DOE laboratories to demonstrate advancements in AI in science and engineering applications.
  • Work with colleagues at DOE and other DOE laboratories to develop a national strategy and research program to deliver an AI capability for science.



Basic Qualifications: 

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics or related STEM discipline.
  • 6+ years of relevant research experience.
  • Established track record of research in artificial intelligence or machine learning
  • Demonstrated success in program development.
  • Experience in leadership and management, including both staff and program leadership.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. and 10-12+ years of relevant experience preferred. 
  • Extensive experience in developing, planning, organizing, leading and managing activities of a major organizational unit within a major R&D facility, including a working knowledge of policies and guidelines that relate to administration and management of complex R&D organizations.
  • Extensive experience managing large projects with multi-million-dollar budgets.
  • Excellent communication skills and technical expertise at the highest levels of scientific enterprise.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in collaborative, interdisciplinary teams.
  • Interest and ability to work with colleagues in a wide range of science and engineering disciplines.


ORNL Ethics and Conduct: 

As a member of the ORNL scientific community, you will be expected to commit to ORNL's Research Code of Conduct. Our full code of conduct, and a statement by the Lab Director's office can be found here:


Benefits at ORNL:  

UT Battelle offers an exceptional benefits package to include matching 401K, Pension Plan, Paid Vacation and Medical / Dental plan. Onsite amenities include Credit Union, Medical Clinic and free Fitness facilities.   



UT Battelle offers a wide range of relocation benefits for individuals and families to make it easier to come and work here. If you are invited to interview, please ask your Recruiter about relocating with ORNL. 




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.

Nearest Major Market: Knoxville