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Senior Front End Developer

Date: Jun 17, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8062 


The Information Technology Services Division in the Business Services Directorate at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking qualified applicants for a Senior Front-End Software Developer position in the Research and Development Systems Engineering group. The R&D Systems Engineering group exists to facilitate lab goals through systems engineering, development, integration, and support for the research community at ORNL.


Our Team:

We are responsible for facilitating service and capability delivery for R&D projects.  We work as team to provide development, deployment, automation, monitoring, and management tool infrastructure for researchers. We advocate, promote, and facilitate Agile Scrum development practices to researchers who develop or require development of code as a part of their projects.  


What does our ideal teammate look like and what will you be doing?

Our primary goal is to partner with research organizations to enable research excellence and delivery at ORNL. The right person for this challenge will have previous experience in design, development, and management of spatial data platforms, programming scalable services, and front and back-end development and integration, and similar areas. You will have experience and capabilities developing in Software-as-a Service and Data-as-a-Service environments.


Our team views success through the lens of what additional capabilities, services, cost savings, and optimizations we bring to our research partners enabling their success. We want researchers and their projects focused on their delivery and worrying less about their underlying IT.


You will be collaborating with a highly diverse and multidisciplinary team; from photogrammetrists, geographers, mathematicians, physicists, computer scientists, and engineers in research, development, integration, testing, and deployment in areas including spatial computing, real-time data platforms, and machine intelligence systems.  You will support research staff in disseminating results in peer reviewed journals, technical reports, relevant conferences, and open-source software project repos. You will work with researchers and project sponsors to capture, understand, integrate, and implement project and security requirements in developed services and software.


We optimize our workflows and monitoring solutions to take advantage of our 24/7 operations staff, which significantly reduces the need for off-hours support. We also offer a flexible work schedule and utilize Email, Jira, Confluence, Teams, Slack, and other collaboration solutions to stay in contact. Our team currently works remotely most days, but we have space for people to work on campus and will have planning and design meetings on the ORNL campus. 



Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific field with at least 8 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience developing software related to a field involving geospatial computing, big data architectures
  • Strong expertise with JavaScript/TypeScript (ex. Angular, Leaflet, OpenLayers), open-source tools and system, OGC web services, and web development frameworks
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience with spatial enabled database (Postgresql with PostGIS) and executing spatial data queries.
  • 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, etc.
  • Excellent understanding of front and back-end development.



Special Requirement:

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:

  • Past hands-on involvement in software systems, data systems, analytics, computer driven distributed data processing, geomatics, image analysis, remote sensing, or geospatial research projects. 
  • Experience with real-time architectures and other map services software libraries.
  • Strong knowledge of multiple operating systems
  • Experience with the following languages: JavaScript, Python, Java, SQL. 
  • Previous experience working in a government, scientific, or other highly technical environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to balance complex research and security requirements



Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.


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.   

For more information about our benefits, working here, and living here, visit the “About” tab at



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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