Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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Research Scientist, Urban Operations Science


We are looking to hire a research scientist to specialize in employing operations research, network optimization, machine learning, and high performance computing with applications in infrastructure systems and smart and connected communities. This position involves applying computational and data science methodologies to understand how changing climate and urban dynamics, coupled with exogenous and endogenous uncertainties, impacts the design and operations of complex and adaptive infrastructure systems. Additionally, the role includes addressing various emergencies, such as extreme events and pandemics. Do you possess expertise in uncovering knowledge through data-driven approaches, excelling in high-performance computing, operations research, optimization, simulation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and statistical learning? Join our team and apply these skills to develop models that optimally tackle diverse urban phenomena.

The Computational Urban Sciences Group consists of a diverse team of scientists engaged in applied research at the crossroads of computing and intricate urban systems within the emerging context of smart cities. This includes areas like energy infrastructures, modernizing the electric grid, improving sustainable mobility, advancing low carbon cities, creating responsive buildings, understanding the evolving impacts of severe weather and climate, and applying data-driven approaches for emergency response and resilience. These advancements are made possible by the growing array of technologies such as big data, modeling and simulation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, visualization, graph analytics, operations research, high-performance computing, and cloud computing. We are searching for someone who will feel at ease collaborating within a closely-knit team and possess the ability to contribute to multiple projects concurrently.

As a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory, ORNL has an extraordinary 80-year history of solving the nation’s biggest problems. We have a dedicated and creative staff of over 6,000 people! Our vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is to cultivate an environment and practices that foster diversity in ideas and in the people across the organization, as well as to ensure ORNL is recognized as a workplace of choice. These elements are critical for enabling the execution of ORNL’s broader mission to accelerate scientific discoveries and their translation into energy, environment, and security solutions for the nation.

Major Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Conduct fundamental and applied research concerning infrastructure systems (such as electric grids, natural gas, and transportation networks), smart and connected communities, urban well-being, and urban emergencies, with a significant emphasis on Operations Research, AI/ML, Simulation, and High-Performance Computing.
Devise innovative ways to address issues of national significance and strategize and implement the vital research and development to practically implement these solutions.
Collaborate with CSED researchers, as well as internal and external project sponsors, to capture, comprehend, incorporate, and actualize their requirements within developed algorithms and software solutions.
Lead and participate in various R&D initiatives. Work both autonomously and within teams to define prerequisites and proposals, conduct research, and generate functional prototypes for showcasing.
Uphold and enrich a robust record of scientific publications and engage in external professional associations.

Basic Qualifications:

PhD in industrial engineering; operations research; management science; or related fields.
2+ years of experience building information systems to support data-driven discoveries, outside of Ph.D.
Demonstrated ability working with big-data, strong publication records, and having built information systems supporting discovery of scientific insights for urban systems.

Preferred Qualifications:

Research experience in power grids, microgrids, building clusters, distributed energy systems, game theory, and optimization.
Direct experience with coordinated data systems, large-scale optimization, and generating data-driven insights.
Knowledge of urban infrastructure system, bi-level optimization, smart building operations, and knowledge of process uncertainty.
Experience in data science, data visualization, geographic information systems, linear programming, integer programming, non-linear programming, high performance computing, and simulation is desirable.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Experience in working with multidisciplinary teams.
Experience with stakeholder engagement and science communication

Benefits at ORNL:

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain talented people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible work hours, to help you and your family live happy and healthy. Employee amenities such as on-site fitness, banking, and cafeteria facilities are also provided for convenience.

Other benefits include the following: Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Contributory Pension Plan, Life Insurance, Disability Benefits, Generous Vacation and Holidays, Parental Leave, Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection, Employee Assistance Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Wellness Programs, Educational Assistance, Relocation Assistance, and Employee Discounts.

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