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Senior Computer Scientist, Science Ecosystem Libraries and Services

Date: Jun 1, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8167 




Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.


The Data Lifecycle and Scalable Workflows Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking a self-motivated and innovative senior research professional with expertise in deploying science ecosystems with particular attention to scalable software and libraries.  In this role, you are expected to research and develop solutions to address challenges in deploying workflows including our Leadership Computing infrastructure, and across ORNL’s computational and experimental facilities. 



Our Team


Our mission is to empower scientists to succeed by building, incorporating, and delivering advanced tools, libraries, infrastructure, processes, and best practices for organizing their data and workflows.  We are a dynamic and creative group of research and technical professionals that have a passion for data management and enabling science across domains.


Our Organization


This position is part of the Advanced Technologies Section within the National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) Division.  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 NCCS provides state-of-the-art computational and data science infrastructure, coupled with dedicated technical and scientific professionals, to accelerate scientific discovery and engineering advances across a broad range of disciplines. NCCS hosts the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, one of DOE’s National User Facilities. NCCS is currently deploying the U.S.’s first Exascale system.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 


  • Conceive, lead, and manage projects related to computing ecosystems research and development.
  • Contribute to defining and implementing the vision for scalable libraries across distributed infrastructure.
  • Lead engagements across facilities (DOE and other) and vendors to define the next generation science ecosystems. Support engagements with Academia and Industry; Collaborate with internal and external researchers on applying large scale parallel and distributed computing techniques to scientific applications.
  • Engage with leading vendors to incorporate their tools into the facility portfolio.
  • Foster and interact with an active community of R&D professionals to advance science from the edge to Exascale.
  • Present research results to sponsors, peer reviewers, and others and at national and international technical society meetings.
  • Improve science ecosystems libraries and services awareness within ORNL and the DOE environment.
  • Develop research proposals to internal and external funding agencies that solicit new and ongoing work.
  • Publish original work in technical reports, peer reviewed journals, and professional society magazines.
  • Mentor junior staff and students
  • Assist organizing virtual international workflows community events.
  • Interact with industry and government sponsors in pursuit of new and additional research funding.


Basic Qualifications:


  • Ph.D. in computer science or engineering or related field, with a minimum of 6 years of work experience outside of Ph.D.
  • Demonstrated experience with scalable HPC libraries, portability across platforms, and enabling integrated modeling and simulation and data ecosystems.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Strong expertise in systems and software development.
  • Publication and presentation track record that demonstrates significant contributions to the scientific community.
  • Expertise in heterogeneous accelerators libraries.
  • Expertise in scalable network libraries.
  • Advanced knowledge of modeling and simulation, and benchmarking of parallel and distributed computing systems.
  • Ability and interest to learn new technologies.
  • Interest in mentoring colleagues and junior staff to help advance their careers and growth.
  • Resourcefulness, troubleshooting aptitude and attention to detail.
  • Exceptional communication skills, ability to communicate effectively with internal and external collaborators and ability to work in a team environment.
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory.
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to function as a prime or lead technical contact on projects or proposals
  • Demonstrated ability to function independently on a technically complex and diverse set of projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage small to medium sized complex technical programs.
  • Experience mentoring students, postdocs and early career staff.
  • Ability to develop new research proposals.


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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