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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Research Software Engineering / NB50641816
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Job Location: Oak Ridge, TN

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the United States Department of Energy's 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 postdoctoral appointments in research software engineering within the Computer Science and Mathematics Division.This position is part of ORNLs Scientific Software Initiative, which provides scientific software development expertise to the Laboratory, by providing software engineering and development services across the Laboratory in a broad range of areas and topics. The Initiative supports the mission of the Laboratory by creating a community for software professionals at the Laboratory to connect people, projects, and interested parties; by providing software engineering expertise for development, evaluation, quality assurance or other needs; by providing training and continuing education opportunities; by providing fair performance evaluation criteria; by recruiting new software engineering talent; and by mentoring students and early careerscientists and engineers.The Initiative currently contributes to scientific computing projects in advanced materials, advanced manufacturing and 3D printing, astrophysics, batteries, neutron science, nuclear energy, and quantum computing. It also contributes to pure computer science projects. Initiative members are active in the open source community, including the Eclipse Foundation, and most Initiative projects are available on

Major Duties/Responsibilities:
Contribute to the development of open source projects such as the Eclipse Advanced Visualization Project and the Eclipse Integrated Computational Environment. Collaborate on software development on other Java, C++, and Python projects. Simultaneously contribute to software development activities and original research. You may be nominated for committer status on Eclipse projects. Further information on the project can be found at and

Qualifications Required:
Basic Requirements: A Ph.D. in computer science or a related field. Experience in modern object-oriented programming languages including C++, Java or PythonPreferred Requirements: Experience with software development methodologies, such as version control systems like Git and Subversion and knowledge of UML. Large-scale modeling and simulation expertise for visualizing large data sets. Excellent communication and writing skills, and the ability to work on a team in a dynamic group environment as the team meets daily, practices Continuous Integration, collaborates on the source code and has regular deadlines. Prior experience developing or contributing to large, complex software systems. Experience using multiple languages, including the following: C/C++, Java, JavaScript, Python. Applicants with experience only in Fortran 77/90 will not be considered. Experience in high-performance computing, especially, but not limited to hybrid MPI+OpenMP+CUDA environments. Activity within the broader open-source software community would be looked upon favorably, but is not required. Experience with modern graphics libraries like Direct3D, OpenGL, WebGL, Regular presentations or tutorials at relevant conferences. A track-record in developing detailed documentation in multiple formats and experience with documentation generation using tools like Javadoc and Doxygen.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. It should be object-oriented, contain five or more classes, show a sophisticated understanding of the project and be your sole work to a very high degree (>95%). Samples in Fortran are not acceptable. Ideally the code sample would be made available on GitHub or a similar sharing platform, although submissions by email are fine too.Applicants cannot have received the most recent degree more thanfive years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. This appointment will initially be for 24 months with a possibility of an extension of up to 12 months. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and availability of funding.UT-Battelle is recognized by our employees and the community as an inclusive environment where diversity is valued and individuals and teams are inspired to contribute fully to the organization's success. ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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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