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Research Staff in 3D Computer Vision

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Date: Nov 6, 2020

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 1965 


Who are we looking for?

The Resilient Communications and Autonomous Systems (RCAS) Group in the Geospatial Science and Human Security (GSHS) Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking a Research Engineer to conduct research and development (R&D) in 3D computer vision with interest in stereo reconstruction from remote sensing imagery.



Who are we?

ORNL is a global leader in applying emerging technologies, including resilient communications and autonomous systems, to solve various security threats and protect public safety and critical infrastructure.  ORNL has emerged as the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest open science and energy laboratory. Within the RCAS Group, autonomous systems assist humans in quickly making complex decisions in difficult environments, such as natural disasters. When deployed during these unpredictable and arduous conditions, these systems must integrate large amounts of data for mapping or coordination efforts.  By combining expertise in sensors, software, aviation systems, and engineering with unique facilities and training, the group is leading the development of remote, autonomous ground and air systems for commercial and government partners.



Job Duties and Responsibilities:

If you are the right person for this challenge, you will have previous experience in PhD-level research related to 3D computer vision with a background in stereo reconstruction, multi-view geometry and similar R&D areas. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Research and develop applications in 3D computer vision, machine learning, and unmanned systems.
  • Work with researchers, as well as internal and external project sponsors, to capture, understand, integrate, and implement their requirements in developed hardware and software.
  • Collaborate with a highly diverse and multidisciplinary team – from photogrammetrists, geographers, mathematicians, physicists, computer scientists, and engineers – in research, development, integration, testing, and deployment.
  • Conduct research and report results in open literature journals, technical reports, and at relevant conferences.



Basic Requirements:

  • A MS in engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics, natural sciences or related discipline with at least 3-5 years of experience beyond graduate work.
  • Comfortable working as part of a team.
  • At least 2 years of experience developing software related to a field involving 3D computer vision.
  • 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.



Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate in English to a scientific audience.
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative and frequently interacting teams of researchers.
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs.
  • Past hands-on involvement in significant autonomous systems, navigation systems, photogrammetry, computer vision, geomatics, image science, remote sensing, or geospatial research projects.
  • Experience with structure from motion (SfM), simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) or 3D stereo reconstruction including two-view and multi-view methods.
  • Excellent understanding of camera models, image acquisition, feature detection, feature matching, and model fitting.
  • Experience with software development best practices including, but not limited to: Agile development; version control using Git/GitFlow or similar system; and project management via systems like JIRA, Asana, TeamPulse, etc.
  • Experience with OpenCV and other computer vision software libraries.
  • Experience with Linux and Windows operating systems is preferred, experience with OS X is desired. The ability to work from the command line is preferred.
  • Experience with the following languages: C/C++, Python, R, Julia, C#, Java.
  • Experience with geospatial file formats and interoperability standards (e.g., NITF, JPEG2000, LAS, SICD, MISB, OGC web services).



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.

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