Job Opportunity with Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Research Software Engineer for Web Applications


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We invite applications for the position of Research Software Engineer for Web Applications  in the Research Software Engineering Group within the Computer Science and Mathematics Division.

What is the Research Software Engineering group?

The Research Software Engineering group is responsible for supporting the laboratory’s mission by developing cutting-edge research software. The group includes interdisciplinary staff with strong backgrounds in the methods of computational science and software engineering and a healthy contingent of postgraduate research associates. The group has successfully developed, deployed, and released projects in advanced manufacturing, advanced materials, astrophysics, fusion energy, geographical information systems, nuclear engineering, quantum communication, and quantum computing. The group’s success is predicated on its ability to work with stakeholders to identify key challenges, and to leverage existing ORNL tools and software, including engaging other members of the research staff to address open-research problems on projects.

  • Contribute to the development of open source software on scientific projects and original research.

  • Develop, deploy, maintain, and support web applications, servers, and cloud development platforms in support of scientific projects.

  • Work closely with partners to meet their software requirements, address bugs, and achieve their scientific goals


Basic Requirements

  • A minimum of a BS degree in computer science, software engineering, or a discipline closely related to web development and 3+ years web development experience outside of BS degree or an MS degree and 1+ year of web development experience outside of degree.
  • Demonstrated experience with HTML, CSS, Javascript and various JavaScript Frameworks, Java, Python, Typescript, and content management systems.

Preferred Requirements

  • Experience supporting scientific applications in computational science, engineering, computer science, or applied math.
  • Experience with multiple software development methodologies and firm knowledge of software development lifecycles.
  • Experience with multiple languages beyond Java, Javascript and Python; tools such as Git and Docker; and modern practices such as test-driven development and continuous integration/continuous deployment.
  • Experience with reactive web frameworks including React or rxjava.
  • Experience with distributed databases, graph databases, big data technologies and implementing data visualization applications is a plus.
  • A track-record in developing detailed documentation in multiple formats and experience with documentation generation using tools like Javadoc and Doxygen.
  • 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 as part of an Agile-based development process.
  • Activity within the broader open-source software community would be looked upon favorably, but is not required.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.

Code Sample

An open source code sample that may be used for evaluation purposes will be required during the application process. Your code sample should be related in some way to the subject of this post, 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.

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.

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About Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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 key science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace.

ORNL Ethics and Conduct

As a member of the ORNL scientific community, you will be expected to commit to ORNL’s Research Code of Conduct. Our full code of conduct, and a statement by the Lab Director’s office can be found here:  https://www.ornl.gov/content/research-integrity 

Benefits at ORNL

UT Battelle offers an exceptional benefits package to include matching 401K, Pension Plan, Paid Vacation and Medical / Dental plan. Onsite amenities include Credit Union, Medical Clinic and free Fitness facilities.    


Moving is stressful and expensive, and UT Battelle offers a wide range of relocation benefits for individuals and families to make it easier to come and work here. If you are invited to interview, please ask your Recruiter about relocating with ORNL.

***Remote working arrangements will be considered with this position.

***ORNL will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.