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Computer Programmer, Data Management - Computational & Predictive Biology

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Closing date
Dec 22, 2021

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Atmospheric Sciences, Biogeosciences
Career Level
Any Experience Level Considered
Education Level
Associates Degree
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We are seeking a programmer with database experience for on an important role in the ongoing development of tools and systems to manage and automate the flow of information from scientific experiments. The position will be with the data management team in the Computational and Predictive Biology group in the Biosciences Division (BSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The candidate will work with a diverse and talented team of biologists, computer scientists, and developers across a portfolio of DOE funded efforts to understand how biological systems operate in and affect their environment. The candidate will have many opportunities to broaden their knowledge, develop collaborative networks, and broaden their technical skills. This position provides the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research with access to suitable high-performance computing resources and ORNL’s Leadership Class Supercomputer (

Research in BSD is focused on advancing science and technology to better understand complex biological systems and their relationship with the environment. BSD has expertise and special facilities in genomics, computational systems biology, microbiology, microbial ecology, biophysics and structural biology, and plant sciences. Research in the Computational and Predictive Biology group includes methods development and use to investigate, analyze, and model observed phenomena more holistically and precisely and to improve the predictive capabilities of the computational models toward guided discovery and experimental design.

Job Description:

In this role, you will work collaboratively with Biosciences Division researchers to:

  • Develop software to manage the data flow within and between DOE projects
  • Develop systems and pipelines to interact between existing software stacks
  • Develop best practices for FAIR data management
  • Test the interfaces between systems for ease of use, accuracy, and effectiveness
  • Working with management, contribute to ongoing projects in the group

Basic Qualifications:

  • Associate Degree in Computer Sciences, Engineering, Business, Biology or equivalent experience in related fields within the last five years.
  • Software development experience. and preferably a background in scientific programming, data science, computational techniques, and/or computational biology.
  • Programming experience using at least one of Python, PHP, or javascript, C, C++ or Go.
  • Familiar with data analysis and understanding data models, preferably to represent biological concepts.
  • Experience with SQL, preferably postgreSQL
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate in English to a scientific audience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively in large projects, within and between different research teams.

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 (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party 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.


Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest science and energy national laboratory in the Department of Energy system. ORNL’s scientific programs focus on materials, neutron science, energy, high-performance computing, systems biology and national security. ORNL partners with the state of Tennessee, universities and industries to solve challenges in energy, advanced materials,manufacturing, security and physics. The laboratory's science and technology innovations are translated into applications for economic development and global security. The laboratory is home to several of the world’s top supercomputers and is a leading neutron science and nuclear energy research facility that includes the Spallation Neutron Source and High Flux Isotope Reactor. ORNL hosts a DOE Leadership Computing Facility—home of the Titan supercomputer; one of DOE’s nanoscience centers—the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences; the BioEnergy Science Center—one of DOE’s Energy Research Centers; and the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light-Water Reactors, a DOE Innovation Hub.

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