Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Research Scientist

Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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Requisition Id 12488 



As a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory, Oak Ridge 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.

We are seeking a full-time Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Research Scientist who will support the Cyber Resilience and Intelligence Division (CRID) in the National Security Sciences Directorate at ORNL. CRID provides new methods, tools, and strategies to detect and mitigate adversarial attacks on critical infrastructure and protections and informs national agencies about the nature, extent, and severity of adversarial actions with the goal of improving the US cyber and physical security posture.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Provide technical insights for program and project developments.
  • Lead teams to define and implement sponsor requirements.
  • Interact with sponsors and funding agencies from project conception, proposal writing, and project execution.
  • Mentor early career staff through both formal project, task, and technical leadership.
  • Perform research & development at levels ranging from proof-of-concept development to software / system architecture.


All team members deliver ORNL’s mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace – in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in computer science, electrical engineering, or a related field and 6 years’ experience in government service or private industry. A combination of education and relevant experience may also be considered.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience leading teams and performing research in artificial intelligence / machine learning, specifically for cybersecurity, signal processing, biometrics, digital forensics, and/or computer vision for national security applications.
  • Proven track record managing and executing funding at both relatively low levels (<1 full time equivalent) to larger efforts (10+ full time equivalence).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory.
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within given timeframes and adapt to ever changing needs.


Special Requirements:


Visa Sponsorship:

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


Q clearance with SCI: 

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Secret Compartmented Information (SCI) 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.  In addition, due the SCI, you may also be subject to random polygraph testing.  


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.

If you have difficulty using the online application system or need an accommodation to apply due to a disability, please email: or call 1.866.963.9545.





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.

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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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