Computational Imaging Scientist, R&D Staff Member

Society For Industrial & Applied Mathematics

Oak Ridge, TN

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Requisition Id 8600


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 National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) provides state-of-the-art computational and data science infrastructure for technical and scientific professionals to accelerate scientific discovery and engineering advances across a broad range of disciplines. As an important part of the broader High-Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure, the division also hosts the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility.

We seek to hire a Computational Imaging Scientist to join our Advanced Computing in Life Sciences and Engineering Group within the Science Engagement section of NCCS. In this role, you will participate as a liaison between NCCS and the users of the NCCS computing resources and relevant NCCS vendor partners, providing deep technical expertise in high performance computing that can be applied to a diverse range of scientific disciplines.

Members of the Advanced Computing for Life Sciences and Engineering Group within the Scientific Engagement Section partner with HPC and data analytics users in climate science, geophysics, biology, biomedical sciences, and engineering to enable, promote and optimize the use of, and to maximize the benefits of using the world class facilities provided by NCCS. Members of the group liaise with and represent users and user applications within NCCS, carry out independent research, and provide broad expertise, technical input and service within the division to assist in strategic decision making, future system and infrastructure development, procurement and deployment, and to further the mission of NCCS and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Represent the needs of a broad range of application communities for NCCS planning and decision-making.
  • Forge collaborations with other researchers, both internally at ORNL and externally, on topics of mutual interest. This includes collaborating scientifically with awarded OLCF projects.
  • Develop proposals for computational imaging science research projects.
  • Conduct research and report results in journal articles, conference papers, and technical manuals.
  • Collaborate with other computational and computer scientists to develop, integrate, port, tune, and debug applications to take advantage of the capabilities of the OLCF leadership-computing environment and other NCCS resources.
  • Assist users in moving data and programs into and out of the NCCS environment and help with scheduling applications at scale to meet the scientific needs of the users.
  • Provide technical recommendations to senior staff and users on systems and infrastructure development.
  • Provide expertise in current OLCF procurement activities and assist in capability planning exercises for future OLCF procurements
  • Advise and work with the NCCS Systems and Operations sections to understand the needs of computational scientists in a broad range of domains. Participate directly in formulating policies to maximize scientific productivity of the NCCS compute resources.
  • Participate in community-wide efforts to define the requirements for system software, libraries, and tools to meet the needs of the application users.

Basic Qualifications:

  • A imaging science, computer science, machine learning, data science, mathematics, biology, medicine, or other related field and 2+ years’ relevant experience. A combination of education and experience may also be considered.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in imaging science, computer science, machine learning, data science, mathematics, biology, medicine, or other related field with demonstrated experience developing application codes and/or libraries for high performance computing resources.
  • Experience with numerical methods, machine learning, artificial intelligence, parallel algorithms, MPI, GPU programing, and / or a common scientific computing programming language (i.e., Fortran, C++ and/or C, and python).
  • Parallel software development targeting large-scale computational resources.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • 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

Relocation and Benefits:

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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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