Lead Full Stack Software Developer (Hybrid Eligible)

Date: Apr 12, 2024

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12520 



Dive into the heart of innovation with a role that's more than just a job—it's a mission. As a full-stack software developer with us, your technical acumen and enthusiasm for innovation will not only shape the next wave of software development but will also revolutionize the way scientific data is managed and shared. In our collaborative oasis of innovation, you'll propel research that transcends disciplines, making strides in scientific discovery. Seize the chance to grow, inspire, and be inspired, making meaningful contributions to science and technology.


In this pivotal role, you will be leading development on our open data repository (Constellation) that redefines scientific data publishing and sharing at leadership-class scale.  While proficiency in Drupal/PHP/Python, data-centric applications, distributed architectures, and microservices architecture is desirable, a tenacious appetite for learning is our cornerstone requirement. You'll join a cohort of multi-disciplinary team of experts, united by a dedication to elevate data across a scientific ecosystem. Together, we tackle some of the most compelling challenges, leveraging state-of-the-art technology and developing innovative solutions. This role is nestled within the Data Lifecycle Technologies group of the Advanced Technologies section at the National Center for Computational Sciences, part of the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  


As a beacon of ingenuity within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratories, ORNL boasts an illustrious 80-year legacy of tackling global challenges head-on. With a vibrant community of over 6,000 dedicated professionals, we're not just envisioning the future; we're manifesting it. Our strategic vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is at the core of our ethos, ensuring that ORNL is not just a premier workplace but a diverse crucible of ideas, fostering excellence and innovation across every endeavor. These principles are the bedrock of our mission to expedite transformative scientific discoveries into tangible solutions for energy, the environment, and national security.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Lead development of software applications and science-based systems.

  • Responsible for technical project management throughout the entire software development lifecycle.

  • Responsible for operational software maintenance.

  • Working with software vendors to integrate solutions at our facility.

  • Harden and deploy research applications and data services at our facility.

  • Collaborate with other research and technical professionals to develop new capabilities that execute on ORNL’s leading data and compute infrastructures.

  • Collaborate with users of our software to resolve technical and logical issues.

  • Support multiple technology projects at the same time.

  • 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:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or software engineering, with a minimum of 8 years of programming experience OR Master’s degree in computer science or software engineering, with a minimum of 7 years of programming experience.

  • Proficient or expert technical knowledge with Python, Drupal, PHP and REST APIs.

  • Proficient or expert technical knowledge with containers (e.g., Docker) and container orchestration (e.g., Kubernetes, OpenShift).

  • Expert with CI/CD practices, test methodologies.

  • Experience with architectural design principles and patterns.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Growth mindset.

  • Proficient or expert technical knowledge of MariaDB, SEO, and indexing.

  • Proficient with OAuth, OpenID Connect.

  • Proficient with Globus API.

  • Knowledge of and/or best practices in security tools for monitoring operational software, reporting vulnerabilities.

  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in a collaborative setting.

  • Strong problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to think critically.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs.


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 the following: 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.


If you have difficulty using the online application system or need an accommodation to apply due to a disability, please email: ORNLRecruiting@ornl.gov or call 1.866.963.9545.




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.

We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

If you have trouble applying for a position, please email ORNLRecruiting@ornl.gov.

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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