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Research Professional - Digital Signal Analysis and Algorithm Development

Date: Nov 18, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8107 


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 a technical professional who will support the Signals Collections and Analysis Group in the Nuclear Nonproliferation Division (NND), National Security Sciences Directorate (NSSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  


The successful candidate will support existing and develop new research efforts in signal processing and analysis, with an emphasis on the development of novel algorithms to interpret results from complex, multimodal data streams, including RF, optical, and acoustic signals. This work will involve the identification and testing of candidate analysis methods, as well as the development of custom data analysis software packages to augment existing capabilities. The successful postdoctoral associate will be a highly motivated and creative problem solver to satisfy signal analysis needs for challenging nonproliferation problems.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Perform processing and analysis on multimodal, high-speed time-series data streams using existing methodologies
  • Develop software platforms using novel methodologies for custom analysis requirements
  • Prepare and provide reporting on analyzed data for customer review
  • Develop statistically defensible algorithms to identify and characterize complex signals sampled in noisy environments
  • Provide feedback on attributes and quality of collected data to support hardware development efforts
  • Conceive, write, and submit proposals to develop and expand a research program investigating novel signal analysis methods to satisfy mission objectives


Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in computer science, physics, electrical engineering or a related field, or an MS in similar fields with 3+ years’ experience
  • Demonstrated expertise with digital signal processing in the time- and frequency-domain
  • Experience with scientific analysis and programming software such as C, Python, MATLAB, Igor, or comparable equivalent
  • Experience in developing software analysis platforms using the programming languages mentioned above
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A demonstrated background in productive and creative research efforts


 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with RF signals analysis
  • Experience with signal processing as applied to communications
  • 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 complex research environment requiring adaptability to satisfy sponsor and mission requirements


This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a 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.


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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