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Research Scientist, Architectures

Date: Jan 13, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 7716 


We are seeking multiple computer scientists in the area of emerging architectures and performance. The positions will be in the Advanced Computing Systems Section within the Computer Science and Mathematics (CSM) Division. CSM delivers fundamental and applied research capabilities in a wide range of areas, including applied mathematics and computer science, experimental computing systems, scalable algorithms and systems, artificial intelligence and machine learning, data management, workflow systems, analysis and visualization technologies, programming systems and environments, and system science and engineering. The Architectures and Performance Group investigates emerging computing architectures for future scientific HPC and AI workloads and develops methods and tools for evaluation.


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

We are seeking recognized leaders in their areas of technical expertise that will initiate, and perform independent R&D on an ongoing basis.  

Responsibilities for the positions include working closely with the project team to create, evaluate, and publish novel research ideas, supervise and mentor students, and collaborate with our partners and sponsors. Research activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Study and research the performance, power, resiliency and productivity of contemporary and future high-performance computer systems under various HPC and AI/ML workload characteristics.
  • Rapid prototyping and evaluation of experimental systems, including hardware, software, tools, and applications, and being proficient developing hardware and software systems, such as an adaptive runtime system, scalable performance tool or FPGA implementations.
  • Publishing papers in high-quality refereed conferences and journals, such as SC, ISC, IPDPS, MICRO, ISCA, HPDC, DAC and IEEE TPDS.
  • Actively collaborating with industry, academia, government labs, and applications developers in a variety of venues.
  • Contributing to research proposals and reporting to major funding agencies.


Basic Qualifications Required:

  • Requires a Ph.D. in computer engineering, computer science, computational science or a related discipline
  • 2+ years of relevant research experience.
  • An established track record of research in an area relevant to one or more areas of expertise of the group.

Previous experience in ONE or more of the following areas:

  • Computer system-level research, including high-performance computing and cluster-based scalable systems, and heterogeneous computing.
  • Emerging architectures including reconfigurable computing, open ISA, data-flow architecture and system-on-chip.
  • Node-level programming environments such as C/C++ with experience in CUDA, SYCL, HIP, OpenCL, OpenACC/OpenMP compiler directives;


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge on contemporary AI/ML solutions such as DNN;
  • Knowledge on system-level implications of AI/ML workloads, such as data and model parallelism.
  • The ability to take initiative on research insights to bring them to fruition through publication or demonstration on mission applications.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills, and strong personal motivation.
  • The ability to work in a dynamic, interdisciplinary team. 


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.

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