Chief Scientist in Signature Discovery
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - Richland, WA

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Organization and Job ID
Job ID: 302045

National Security

Computational & statistical Analytics
Group: Knowledge Discovery & Informatics
Job Description
Are you ready to transform the world through discovery and innovation?

At the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) we work on the biggest challenges in fundamental science and national security every day. Our scientists and researchers work in a collaborative environment, taking courageous and creative approaches to impact our nations most intractable scientific challenges in securing our homeland, reducing our dependence on foreign oil, and protecting our natural resources.
We are currently seeking a Senior Scientist with substantial experience and a passion for mathematical approaches related to the discovery and development of signatures (phenomena of interest) in a broad range of domains.

Through ongoing research associated with PNNLs Signature Discovery Initiative, ( we are developing generalized methods for signature construction, validation and detection.

These methods will make the signature discovery process 1) more efficient by reducing trial-and-error and decreasing the time to discover a signature, 2) more economical, by delivering methods and tools that allow users to reuse, rather than reinvent, the resources needed to construct, detect, and validate signatures, 3) and more rigorous, by providing robust and well-defined processes for signature discovery.
The successful candidate will apply their expertise to broaden existing capabilities in signature development and discovery; establish an integrated approach for signature discovery and application across a wide spectrum of scientific disciplines; and implement a common framework for understanding the lifecycle of how signatures are constructed, validated, and detected in dynamic environments.
In addition to providing internal research leadership, this scientist will direct research, projects and proposals within our growing Signatures client base, along with supporting key business development activities. The Scientist will collaborate with other PNNL senior scientists, research leaders and management in developing strategies for advancing research, lead proposal development, deliver new technologies and capabilities, and interact with key clients.

The successful candidate will also oversee the transition of these concepts to practice within the national/international community.
There will be a review of a candidate's academic and research credentials by an appropriate peer committee before an offer can be extended.
Technical contributions must be recognized as having a substantial impact on advancing the current state of knowledge and understanding in mathematical, scientific, or technical disciplines with a demonstrated track record in innovative research and discovery.
Familiarity with a range of computational/mathematical analytical methods as used in multiple fields, and an orientation towards their generalization and abstraction amongst domains.
Demonstrated leadership, networking, organizational, negotiating, communications, and mentoring skills, coupled with the desire and ability to interact with clients, prepare successful research proposals, and define future research directions.
An established publication record is required, as is a demonstrated track record of successful capability and funding development.
Candidates must be able to represent the Laboratory in signature science at national and international events.
Preferred Education/Credential
A Ph.D. in applied mathematics, statistics, computer science, or an equivalent field with 5 years experience and a substantial publication record is required.

Successful candidates will demonstrate a thorough understanding of and practical experience in the development and analysis of algorithms utilizing statistics, machine learning, systems processing, information theory, and data fusion for signature discovery and application.

Applicants must have clear potential and demonstrated experience in cutting-edge research in mathematics and computational sciences.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace.

All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information.

All staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.
Other Information
This position requires the ability to obtain a federal security clearance in a timely manner.

Which requires:
  • US Citizenship
  • Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.
  • Drug Testing:
All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing.

In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).
Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated

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