08. December 2014 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Data Analysis Software Engineer
Data Analysis Software Engineer
08. December 2014 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Data Analysis Software Engineer
Data Analysis Software Engineer
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA


The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) operates the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), the United States’ highest flux reactor based neutron source, and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the world’s most intense pulsed accelerator based neutron source. Together these facilities operate 30 instruments for neutron scattering research, each year carrying out in excess of 1,000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences. HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation. To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to: http://neutrons.ornl.gov.

Description of Institution

The Scientific Data Analysis Group (SDAG) is responsible for developing reduction and analysis software in support of SNS and HFIR instruments. This work includes the Mantid Project and the Center for Accelerated Materials Modeling (CAMM). This position will contribute to the development, operation, and ongoing support of these projects through developments on multi-dimensional visualization. The position also offers freedom to research and develop new tools and techniques for data analysis, processing, reduction, and visualization of experimental, model, and simulation data.

Job description

Major Duties/Responsibilities

  • Support the scientific mission of the SNS by designing, developing, and maintaining reliable software to facilitate neutron data analysis.
  • Support the mission of the Scientific Data Analysis Group by providing data reduction and analysis solutions for our users.
  • Provide documentation and user training for software. Maintain code in a central repository utilizing a version control system. Develop software using software engineering practices.
  • Will be expected to participate in research programs that involve using their computational expertise in the analysis of results from materials studies with neutrons.
  • Ensure and monitor compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements. Promptly identify ESH and QA issues and communicate them to project and division management, ESH and QA contacts, and/or subcontractor contacts as appropriate.
  • Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.

Work Directions and Interfaces

Position reports to one of the three team leads. The specific team will be determined based on the successful candidate’s interests and skill set. Works closely with members of Scientific Data Analysis Group and other members of the Neutron Data Analysis and Visualization Division, and interfaces with external scientific users and instrument scientists at SNS, HFIR, and other technical groups. Collaborates with software developers at other facilities and from the user community. Possess strong commitment to team environment dynamics with the ability to contribute expertise and follow leadership directives at appropriate times as well as work independently.

Requested Profile

Qualifications Required

Bachelor’s degree in computer science, physics or related field with 5 or more years of relevant experience, or a Master’s degree and 3 or more years of relevant experience. Demonstrated experience in developing reliable and efficient collaborative software in a scientific environment is required. Must show a record of strong software development expertise and an understanding of scientific data analysis. Demonstrated experience in multiple programming languages, including

C/C++ and python is required. Experience with software engineering practices of using version control, automated testing,
and configuration control management systems is required. Understanding of reliable software design practices, distributed software systems and computer networks and the ability to work and communicate effectively with teams of scientists, engineers, and technicians is required.

Qualifications Preferred

  • A PhD degree in computer science, or physics, chemistry or other materials related research field and 1 or more years of relevant experience.
  • Experience developing software at a scattering user facility is preferred.
  • Experience in materials research using scattering techniques is preferred.
  • Experience contributing to open source projects is preferred.
  • Experience with C++, Qt, and boost::python is preferred.
  • Experience working with and developing around Paraview is preferred.
  • Prefer a candidate with strong software development expertise and an understanding of scientific data analysis.

How to Apply

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.

We accept Word(.doc, .docx), Excel(.xls, .xlsx), PowerPoint(.ppt, .pptx), Adobe(.pdf), Rich Text Format(.rtf), HTML and text files(.txt) up to 2MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

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Notice: If the position requires a Security Clearance, reviews and tests for the absence of any illegal drug as defined in 10 CFR 707.4 will be conducted by the employer and a background investigation by the Federal government may be required to obtain an access authorization prior to employment and subsequent reinvestigations may be required.

If the position is covered by the Counterintelligence Evaluation Program regulations at 10 CFR 709, a counterintelligence evaluation may include a counterintelligence-scope polygraph examination.

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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