Research Scientist, Scientific Data Management

Date: Apr 12, 2024

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12519 



We are seeking a Research Scientist who will focus on research in the areas of scientific data management and scientific data reduction. 

This position resides in the RPD Workflow Systems Group in the Data in the Artificial Intelligence Section, Computer Science and Mathematics Division, Computing and Computational Sciences Division, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  


As a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory, ORNL has an extraordinary 80-year history of solving the nation’s biggest problems. We have a dedicated and creative staff of over 6,000 people! Our vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is to cultivate an environment and practices that foster diversity in ideas and in the people across the organization, as well as to ensure ORNL is recognized as a workplace of choice. These elements are critical for enabling the execution of ORNL’s broader mission to accelerate scientific discoveries and their translation into energy, environment, and security solutions for the nation.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead high quality, basic and applied research projects and programs in scientific data management, data reduction, workflow automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms on HPC & edge computing devices.

  • Collaborate with internal and external researchers on a wide variety of data and AI/ML research and projects.

  • Collaborate with application scientists inside and outside of the laboratory to advance the scientific mission of the group, laboratory, the Department of Energy and other sponsors.

  • Interact with the appropriate program offices and other agencies to develop and maintain program funding for basic and applied research in relevant areas of data science and AI/ML.

  • Represent group-level work to review committees and outside bodies as appropriate.

  • Write peer-reviewed papers, technical reports, and proposals for internal and external release and represent the organization by giving technical presentations in large public forums.

  • Mentor early career research staff, postdocs and students.

  • Maintain membership in professional, academic, and research organizations.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in computer science, computer engineering or related area with 2+ years of research experience in AI or ML, beyond the Ph.D.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively interact with senior levels of program management.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead large and complex projects.

  • A successful record of developing research partnerships and collaborative relationships with universities, industry, and research laboratories.

  • Experience in high-performance computing and software development.


Letters of Recommendation:

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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.

In addition, we offer a flexible work environment that supports both the organization and the employee. A hybrid/onsite working arrangement may be available with this position.


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.


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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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