Scientific Group Leader, Workflow and Ecosystem Services

Date: Sep 8, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 11348 


Ready to build on your scientific achievements and lead a group in an internationally recognized research and computing institution? Picture yourself in The Advanced Technologies section at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)!


Oak Ridge is seeking a Group Leader for the Workflow and Ecosystem Services team. The group specializes in creating and deploying sophisticated workflow technologies. Its primary goal is to improve the efficiency and dependability of research applications running in distributed large-scale advanced computing environments by developing efficient integration solutions for computation, storage, and visualization resources, while using advanced networking and software capabilities to optimize data movement. The team's main objective is to empower scientists and researchers by enabling them to effectively apply leadership-class and distributed computing resources offered by various DOE computational and observational user facilities. 

The Advanced Technologies section offers scientific, technical, operational, and thought leadership by developing, hardening, and deploying solutions for compute and data intensive computing environments. The section's staff develops and deploys emerging large-scale data science and AI methods for scientific user programs and enables innovation through operational data analytics. Staff members facilitate data stewardship and enriched scalable data access capabilities and develop end-to-end scientific workflow technologies for user programs. They identify technical gaps in the computing and data sciences ecosystems, so they can implement solutions to enable scientific discovery. This job is in the National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) Division at ORNL. NCCS has a deep legacy in High Performance Computing (HPC) operating leadership-class systems, deploying the world’s first exascale supercomputer system (Frontier), and largest parallel file system. 

As a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory, ORNL has an outstanding 80-year history of solving the nation’s biggest problems. With a dedicated and creative staff of over 6,000 people, ORNL’s decadal 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 essential 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 Responsibilities:

  • Develop a vision and implement a cohesive group strategy for offering innovative workflow ecosystem capabilities to position the group and the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) for future success in its mission. 
  • Develop new research directions relevant to OLCF mission and the overall health of the division.
  • Collaborate with scientists outside of the laboratory to advance the scientific mission of our group, laboratory, the Department of Energy and other sponsors. 
  • Provide relevant input to assist the R&D Section Head with staff development while providing direct and impactful mentorship to staff on a regular basis. 
  • Serve as immediate supervisor for staff members in the group. 
  • 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 emerging research staff, postdocs, and students. 
  • Build strong teams across ORNL. 
  • Attract a quality, diverse pool of top candidates and hire staff members who are committed to world-class R&D. 
  • Hold regular scientific/technical group meetings and be present in the labs and workplace. 


Basic Qualifications:

  • Requires a Ph.D. in computer science or a related subject area, and at least ten years of relevant research experience, beyond the PhD. 
  • A track record of workflow tools and technologies development and machine orchestration methods (automated workflows), and HPC. 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Validated experience in leading R&D teams. 
  • Experience leading large-scale R&D projects. 
  • A well-established track record in leading community efforts and events leading to significant community resources. 
  • A strong awareness of DOE and non-DOE agencies research initiatives. 
  • Experience organizing workshops and conferences in an area relevant to one or more areas of expertise of the group. 
  • Authoritative knowledge of modeling and simulation, and benchmarking of parallel and distributed computing systems. 
  • Familiarity with the FAIR data and research software principles. 
  • Ability to learn new technologies. 
  • Outstanding communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and strong personal motivation. 


Benefits at ORNL: 
ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain hard-working 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. 


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. 



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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