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Front End Scientific Software Engineer

Date: Mar 10, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 10341 


Overview and Purpose:

The Computational Earth Sciences Group (CESG) in the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division (CSED) is seeking a Front-End Scientific Software Engineer to perform data discovery and user interface software engineering for the next generation Earth System Grid Federation 2 (ESGF2). ESGF2 is a global peer-to-peer network of data servers that collect and distribute Earth system model simulation output from modeling centers all over the world. In this role, you will collaboratively design, develop, implement, and deploy algorithms and software to support ESGF2 for the US Department of Energy (DOE) Earth and Environmental Systems Sciences Division’s Data Management Program. Our division (CSED) focuses on transdisciplinary computational science and analytics at scale to enable scientific discovery across the physical sciences, engineered systems, and biomedicine and health. We develop community applications, data assets, and technologies and provides assurance to build knowledge and impact in novel, crosscut-science outcomes.

Our group focuses on world-class research and development in Earth system modeling; model-data integration, large scale data management, analytics and machine learning; and model benchmarking at DOE’s Leadership Computing Facilities (LCFs) and its National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). We have specific strengths in numerical methods, simulation, and analysis focused on terrestrial hydrology and biogeochemistry, atmospheric and ocean dynamics, aerosols, regional climate, ice sheets and sea level rise, and the global carbon cycle.


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with a diverse and multidisciplinary team of software architects and engineers, computational scientists, and Earth system modelers across DOE labs in developing and deploying a deep stack of software to support ESGF2
  • Design, develop, and implement software for user interfaces for data discovery and transfer and data workflows assuring provenance and integrity
  • Develop technical papers and documentation and support user needs with documentation, tutorials, and hackathons
  • 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:

  • B.S. degree and a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience or an M.S. degree and 4+ years of relevant experience.  Degree area should be in in computer science, computational science, or related technical area.
  • Prior experience developing data management tools or user interface software


 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience designing and developing web-based user interfaces with JavaScript and related tools
  • Experience with Python and Jupyter/JupyterHub
  • Familiarity with collaborative development methodologies and development automation tools
  • Knowledge of large scale scientific data management, discovery, distribution, and archiving, as well as FAIR data principles and the Open Science practices
  • Knowledge of commonly used data file formats and conventions (e.g., netCDF, HDF, CF), geographic information system formats, geospatial transformations, and OGC standards and resources
  • Strong motivation to support DOE and international researchers through innovative solutions
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse and multidisciplinary scientists and engineers
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to report regular progress and support user documentation, tutorials, and hackathons


Benefits at ORNL: 


ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain talented people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible work hours, to help you and your family live happy and healthy. Employee amenities such as on-site fitness, banking, and cafeteria facilities are also provided for convenience.

Other benefits include: Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Contributory Pension Plan, Life Insurance, Disability Benefits, Generous Vacation and Holidays, Parental Leave, Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection, Employee Assistance Plan, Flexible

Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Wellness Programs, Educational Assistance, Relocation Assistance, and Employee Discounts.





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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