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Research Scientist, Quantum Networking

Date: Jun 23, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8008 


We are currently seeking a Research Scientist in the areas of software driven capability networking. This position is part of the Autonomous and Complex Systems Group in the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division.  Our group designs, develops and deploys software-driven, advanced technologies to support instrument, quantum and high-performance networking capabilities. Examples include control-plane for control and data network paths for electron microscope systems, interconnecting quantum networking laboratories, and Virtual Infrastructure Twins (VIT) to support orchestration codes for instrument and container placement and execution.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Participate in new and ongoing research in instrument networking, quantum networking, instrument and computing federated systems, and AI/ML methods for these domains.
  • Formulate and design novel physical and virtual networking solutions to problems of national interest and plan and execute the research and development, and testing necessary for the practical implementations and operations of those solutions.
  • Propose and contribute to multiple R&D projects in the areas listed above.
  • Interpret, report, and present research concepts and results to national audiences at all levels.
  • Work with customers independently or in teams to develop requirements and proposals, conduct research, and produce working prototypes for demonstration.
  • Write peer-reviewed papers, technical reports, and proposals for internal and external release and must represent the organization by giving technical presentations in large public forums.


 Basic Qualifications:


  • A Ph.D. in computer and electrical engineering, computer science, networking or a directly related field.
  • 2+ years of experience in design, analysis, implementation and experimentation for capability networking beyond Ph.D.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Five or more years of networking work experience at a tertiary institution or in an appropriate industry, university or government laboratory.
  • Independent research competence as demonstrated by national and/or international peer-reviewed publications and a sustained publication record.
  • Experience in software and hardware networking design, implementation and testing.
  • Experience with physical networking devices and connections, including switches, routers and hosts.
  • Familiarity with and implementation of cybersecurity best practices.
  • Experience with network virtualization and software defined networking (SDN) methods, including mininet, containernet and GNS frameworks;
  • Experience with python and high-level programming frameworks for capability networking implementation.
  • Experience with machine learning methods and frameworks for capability networking implementation.


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.   



Relocation to the Knoxville/Oak Ridge, TN area is a requirement for this position.

UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for this position.


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.

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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