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Senior Research Scientist in HPC and AI

Date: Jul 13, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4246 



The National Center for Computational Sciences Division (NCCS) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) operates the world’s fastest high performance computing system, largest parallel file system, and will deploy an Exascale system in 2021.  New discovery science and enhanced instruments are driving the science community towards enabling physics-informed artificial intelligence (AI) as well as AI-informed hypotheses for physics models.  These systems generate enormous volumes of data during scientific campaigns which, when properly analyzed, can offer new insights for the scientific objectives as well as the facility’s operations.

The Analytics and AI methods at Scale (AAIMS) group within the NCCS is seeking driven senior and distinguished research scientists in the areas of intersection of High-Performance Computing (HPC) and AI, including data workflows processing, machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL) at scale. Specific areas of research interest include:

  • Domain-science-informed data science and AI including physical sciences broadly, observational science, applied methods in engineering (manufacturing and related areas), carbon cycle and energy production and delivery, computational genomics, and healthcare informatics.
  • Data analytics pipelines from the Edge to Exascale.
  • Computational performance of AI/ML algorithms, including the ability to use modern computing hardware and software frameworks efficiently.
  • Operational data analytics to enable data-driven intelligence and facility innovation.
  • Visualization of large-scale HPC/AI discovery campaigns.

Major Duties and Responsibilities


Lead and collaborate with internal and external researchers on a variety of extreme-scale AI/ML research and projects.
Integrate and deploy research in AI/ML workflows and algorithms on high performance computing systems.
Lead the delivery of toolkits and new capabilities that execute on ORNL’s leading compute and data infrastructures.
Lead in authoring peer reviewed papers, technical papers, reports, and proposals.
Advance personal and staff contributions in leading professional, academic, and research organizations.
Develop and coordinate division activities in HPC-AI with cross-cutting initiatives in the laboratory by establishing forward-looking centers of excellence.

Basic Qualifications


Ph.D. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Physical or Applied Sciences, or a field closely related to the job duties of this position.
A minimum of 6 years of relevant research experience outside of Ph.D.
Experience leading major projects in laboratory or academic settings.
Strong publication record and record of developing high-impact capabilities and tools.

Preferred Requirements

12+ years of relevant research experience outside of degree

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 generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for this position.

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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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