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Senior Research Software Engineer

Date: Sep 3, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8228 



Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the United States Department of Energy's (DOE) largest science and energy laboratory tasked to provide the United States government agencies and departments with technology and expertise to support national and homeland security needs. 

Our diverse capabilities span scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace. 

We invite applications for the position of Senior Research Software Engineer in the Software Engineering Group within the Computer Science and Mathematics Division.

The Software Engineering group focuses on engineering the next generation of high-quality scientific software.  Our group innovates and inspires the next generation of cutting-edge scientific software, thus enabling Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to host the world’s premier scientific software engineering group and transform science with software-defined solutions that are reliable, usable, and trustworthy.



Job Duties and Responsibilities


  • Contribute to and lead projects in software development.
  • Contribute to and lead scientific papers, reports, and other artifacts.
  • Lead planning and major development efforts on scientific software projects.
  • Lead or collaborate on proposals related to the application of computing in scientific domains.
  • Coordinate, lead and act as a representative of the Laboratory in national and international collaborations related to scientific software.
  • Work closely with stakeholders to meet their software requirements, address bugs, and achieve their scientific goals.
  • Deploy, maintain, and support scientific applications and ecosystems deployed on supercomputers, servers, and cloud platforms in support of scientific projects.
  • Deploy, maintain, and support web applications, servers, and cloud development platforms in support of scientific projects.
  • Establish a roadmap, vision, and strategy for enhancing software quality.
  • Establish Quality and Assurance (QA) best practices and standards (across people, process, and technology) and ensure all necessary practices, tools and templates are appropriately executed to achieve quality assurance operational objectives.
  • Act as a mentor for project members, junior staff, post-graduates, and students to help them grow.
  • Participate in developing the strategic direction of research software engineering at ORNL, DOE programs and project sponsors.



Basic Requirements


  • A minimum of a BS degree and 8+ years of experience or an MS degree and 7+ years of experience, or a Ph.D. and 4+ years of experience. Your degree should be in physics, chemistry, computer science, math, engineering, or a related field.
  • Previous project experience and understanding of multiple programming paradigms (e.g. procedural, object-oriented, data-oriented).
  • Software development experience in computational science, engineering, computer science, or applied math. Knowledge of several scientific frameworks for computation and data analysis.


Preferred Requirements


  • MS or PhD degree preferred.
  • Regular presentations or tutorials at relevant conferences.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • The ability to work on a team in a dynamic group environment as the team meets regularly, and practices Continuous Integration, Test Driven Development while collaborating in several multidisciplinary software projects and stakeholders.
  • Prior experience developing or contributing to large, complex software systems. Activity within the broader open-source software community would be looked upon favorably but is not required.
  • Experience with software development life cycle including design, continuous integration using version control, testing, bug fixes, documentation, and deployment.
  • Experience delivering projects using multiple languages, including the following: modern C++, C, Fortran, Java, JavaScript, Python, R, Julia.
  • Experience with scientific libraries and frameworks for computing and data analysis. Previous experience in parallel computing, high-performance computing (HPC) on supercomputing platforms is desired, but not required.
  • Experience writing and implementing manual and automated testing processes and test strategies
  • Experience with code quality metrics, tools for debugging, profiling and static and dynamic quality checks.
  • Experience with DevOps
  • Experience with Agile concepts and practices



Code Sample


An open-source code sample that may be used for evaluation purposes will be required later in the application process. Your code sample should be related in some way to the subject of this post be your sole work to a very high degree (>95%). Code samples will need to be made available on GitHub or a similar sharing platform.



Benefits at ORNL


UT-Battelle offers a quality benefits package, including a matching 401(k), contributory pension plan, paid vacation, and medical/dental plan options. Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, coffee stands, and 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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