Section Head, Advanced Computing Methods for Physical Sciences, Engineered Systems & Health Sciences
Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Location: Oak Ridge
Posted on: April 8, 2021
Section Head, Advanced Computing Methods for Physical Sciences,
Engineered Systems & Health Sciences We are seeking 3 Section Heads
in the areas of Advanced Computing Methods for Physical Sciences,
Engineered Systems and Health Sciences in the Computational Science
and Engineering Division (CSED). Selection will be based on
qualifications, relevant experience, skills, and education. CSED
focuses on transdisciplinary computational science and analytics at
scale to enable scientific discovery across the physical sciences,
engineered systems, and biomedicine and health. It provides
foundations and advances in quantum information sciences to enable
quantum computers, devices, and networked systems. It develops
community applications, data assets, and technologies and provides
assurance to build knowledge and impact in novel, crosscut-science
outcomes. Purpose The R&D Section Head will provide Research
and Development (R&D) leadership to a thematic area of science
and technology that integrates several thematically aligned R&D
groups consistent with ORNL's aspiration to be the world's premier
R&D institution and ORNL's science culture. The R&D Section
Head works closely with the Division Director and section Group
Leaders to establish and implement the science and technology
directions for the section; support the Group Leaders to ensure
their success and the success of the R&D groups as
world-recognized leaders in their fields; ensure that staff members
understand business opportunities; identify links to current and
future funding opportunities and R&D programs; develop and
implement consistent processes for the peer-review of proposals
consistent with lab standards; model proper Environment, Safety,
Security, Health, and Quality practices; and ensure a diverse and
inclusive work environment where every employee feels safe, heard
and appreciated-a workplace that sets an example for the broader
community Research We seek Scientists/engineers/analysts who have
significantly advanced knowledge/technology in their respective
field. They will initiate, lead and deliver R&D programs and
initiatives on an ongoing basis. Their work directly impacts the
present and future of the laboratory in significant ways within one
or more of the following sections. Advanced Computing Methods for
Physical Sciences Delivers multiscale, multi-fidelity computational
models and systems using algorithms and analytics for the physical
- Computational earth sciences - Develops extreme-scale models
and data analytics methods applied to Earth system modeling. Leads
and contributes development of E3SM, UM, ILAMB, LIVVkit, MAPES, and
- Computational chemistry and nanomaterials sciences - Delivers
nanomaterials and chemistry science at the forefront of the field
through high-performance computing. Leads and contributes to
development of QMCPACK, DCA++, ML methods for instrument
- Multiscale materials - Delivers multiscale material models to a
broad range of energy, transportation, and advanced manufacturing
applications. Houses specific strengths in thermomechanics
(Sierra/Truchas), phase-field (MEUMAPPS/AMPE/PRISMS-PF), molecular
dynamics (LAMMPS), and DFT (MGmol)
- Quantum Information Science - Leverages experimental expertise
in the implementation of quantum sensors, networks, and algorithms
in quantum hardware platforms and testbeds to demonstrate quantum
- Quantum Computational Science - Develops the fundamental
quantum computer science, algorithms, and software interfaces
needed to fully leverage quantum computers as accelerators to
advance scientific discovery Advanced Computing Methods for
Engineered Systems Develops scalable and coupled algorithms for
engineering, cybernetics, autonomous and complex systems
- Scalable algorithms and coupled physics - Creates performance
portable applications, supporting algorithms, and libraries for
coupled physics simulations on LCF. Leads development for Kokkos,
CoPA/Cabana/ Picasso, deal.ii, ArborX/DTK, C++ standards committee
- Computational systems engineering and cybernetics - Leads
computational modeling techniques for large-scale dynamical systems
with applications in scalable control systems. Develops solutions
for sensor data aggregation and data-driven methods for approaches
for learning, control, and optimization. Leads modeling and
simulation tools including Adevs, THYME, RL-HEMS, GEB, IoT-driven
distributed control systems, SDR, SBT, HIT-HD, NAERM and
- Multiphysics modeling--and Flows - Leads high fidelity modeling
and numerical tools development for fluid dynamics and complex flow
physics, including turbulent, multiphase and reacting flows, fluid
structure interactions, and computational mechanics and shock wave
propagation. Delivers large-scale simulation efforts including
DEUCE, stable isotopes, Qiosk, Quilt, Grit, and Pele
- Autonomous and complex systems--- Develops and deploys
disruptive technologies at the extreme scale e.g. multi-modal
sensing and pioneering new algorithms for large laser arrays,
signal processing algorithms and online computing for sensing
- Computational Urban Sciences - Creates data-driven
understanding of complex urban systems from city to global scales.
Leads development for CTwin, HAND, EAGLE-I, data analytics for
building comfort Advanced computing methods for Health Sciences
Delivering scalable computational solutions to biomedical and
healthcare delivery challenges
- Biostatistics and Multiscale System Modeling - Develops
statistical/ML/DL methodology for large scale genomics, text, and
imaging applications; Develops and incorporates AI and data-driven
approaches in the intersections of MD simulations at LCF and
experimental validation (e.g. SNS)
- Multimodal Data Analytics - Leverages expertise in large scale
biomedical informatics and statistical genetics implementations to
build and use tools in the parallel healthcare needs space; Creates
scalable solutions of AI and ML for multi-dimensional, multi-modal
data on HPC environments applied to biomedicine and bioengineering.
Includes privacy, biomedical informatics for both supervised and
unsupervised learning with healthcare data, specifically
phenotyping, information extraction, medical imaging, new outcomes
such as recurrence
- Support Division Director in the operations of the division and
represent Director when Director is not available.
- Work with section Group Leaders to establish, communicate, and
measure critical metrics for success and impact. Benchmark against
the best in the world.
- Actively contribute to shaping the division's, directorate's,
and laboratory's research plans and investments.
- Build strong teams by collaborating across ORNL and securing
external expertise when needed. Leverage ORNL facilities and
resources when developing new projects.
- Work with the Group Leaders and the Division Director to assess
and calibrate individual staff performance across the section.
Evaluate progress regularly, providing feedback and addressing
performance issues in a timely manner.
- Develop and implement Succession Planning with input from Group
Leaders for all critical positions in the section to ensure future
- Ensure groups are recruiting and hiring from a diverse pool of
top candidates who are committed to world-class research and aspire
to be the best in their field. Approve job offers.
- Drive staff promotions and development.
- Address in a timely manner all concerns expressed by staff and
any disciplinary actions.
- Lead by example, using the principles in ORNL's "Research Code
of Conduct" as a guide for proposing, performing, and communicating
research and in dealing with others.
- Employ best practices, such as holding regular meetings, being
visible in the workplace, monitoring budgets, acknowledging
sponsors, and adhering to ORNL business systems requirements
regarding staff requests for foreign travel and submission of
- Coach and mentor staff regarding Battelle's "Safe Conduct of
Research" principles and ensure all work is carried out safely,
securely, and in compliance with ORNL policies, standards, and
- Exemplify a commitment to "One ORNL" by modeling lab
expectations for excellence in research, operations, and community
engagement, and by working cooperatively to leverage capabilities
across the lab. Service
- Serve as direct supervisor for section Group Leaders.
- Counsel/consult/mentor staff and transfer knowledge of
specialized field(s) to a variety of staff, including senior
- Connect staff to your network. Assist Group Leaders (and
R&D staff when appropriate) in setting long-term career goals.
Identify additional mentors as appropriate and engage senior staff
to act in this capacity.
- Be open and transparent in communicating information to your
groups and communicate staff achievements and changes to
stakeholders in a timely manner.
- Work with Group Leaders to ensure staff are participating
actively in professional service (engagement in scientific
societies, workshop and conference organization, peer review,
advisory board membership, etc.).
- Advocate for and support internal and external recognition of
staff achievements. Ensure the Section's external professional
presence is strong.
- Communicate funding/proposal opportunities to staff and support
proposal development as appropriate (mentoring, proposal reviews,
budget preparation, etc.).
- Ensure that staff manage their research projects effectively to
deliver results on scope, schedule, and budget while meeting
scientific, technical, and business expectations.
- Effectively communicate the importance of protecting
proprietary or sensitive information and complying with ORNL
cybersecurity policies and guidelines.
- Recognize and support the contributions and responsibilities of
Group Leaders and Laboratory Space Managers to lab safety.
- To section staff, for the quality and safety of their work
environment and opportunity for professional growth.
- To organization managers, for world-leading science and
technology directions, safe effective, and compliant operations,
ownership of assigned staff, facilities, and equipment, and the
quality of products and services.
- To customer, for the quality of products and service
- Develop a vision and implement a strategy to pursue
world-leading science and technology directions for the
- Hold group leaders accountable for performance
- Act to ensure safe and effective operations
- Hire group leaders Basic Qualifications:
- Requires a Ph.D. with a minimum of 12-year relevant experience
or a M.S. with a minimum of 16-year experience or a B.S. with
20-years of experience.
- Qualified candidates should have demonstrated experience in
leading R&D teams Preferred Qualifications:
- Ph.D. in field related to relevant Section
- Experience managing research projects dealing with
computational and engineering technologies at the largest scales of
computing and data and/or in collaboration with other--technical
- Experience writing successful R&D proposals to multiple
- Demonstrated ability to effectively interact with senior levels
of client management and others involved in technical
- Demonstrated ability to write research plans, technical reports
to sponsors , and proposals and to develop and execute on a vision
for future research relevant to modeling and--simulation.
- A successful record of developing research partnerships and
collaborative relationships with universities, industry, and
- Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to work
independently, outstanding written and oral communication skills,
and good organizational skills. Special Requirements: This position
requires the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance from the
Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace
Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions
require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an
ongoing random drug testing program. Relocation:-- --Moving can be
overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous
relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and
international relocation assistance is available for certain
positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter
(Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.
For more information about our benefits, working here, and living
here, visit the "About" tab at--jobs.ornl.gov. 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
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vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the
candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.
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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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