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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Visual Analytics Researcher in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310426

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Computing and Analytics

Group: Visual Analytics

Job Description

  • Established local reputation with specialization in at least one S&E domain. Making key contributions in setting technical direction.

  • Developing and optimizing capabilities at the division level. Developing external reputation. Building effective project teams with membership across a group, S&E domain and/or directorate. Contributing to the local organization through mentorship of junior staff and taking on operational assignments.

  • Selects and develops technical approaches on assignments with occasional oversight on complex problems. Principal investigator or co-Pl on projects or tasks, while integrating capabilities of work team members. Supports scoping, scheduling, and budgeting at a project or major task level. Generates new ideas for proposals and business development opportunities while leading development of technical section of small to medium proposals. Demonstrates ability to acquire funding for self with programmatic impact at the sector and division level. Serves as a role model for quality, safety, and security.

  • Establishing leadership role in professional community including professional societies, other laboratories, academia, and industry. Lead of technical products.

We're a team of visual analytics and human-computer interaction researchers who love making big, complex data useful through new computational methods, great visual design, compelling interaction, support for sound analytic techniques, innovative cognitive modeling, novel human-machine teaming, and solid engineering. We develop new ways for people to benefit from data and care deeply about the intersection between human and computer to solve problems in new ways. We work with partners across PNNL to create solutions for our customers' hardest analysis challenges.

This position is for an early career researcher who is passionate about innovating at the intersections of visualization, HCI, and machine learning. The researcher will contribute to and lead small teams that develop innovative visual analytics prototypes that address challenges across a wide set of national security application domains. The researcher is expected to interact with the international visualization community, publishing in and attending conferences including but not limited to IEEE VIS, ACM CHI, ACM IUI. The position carries the expectation of creating new business in visualization or human-computer interaction research (for instance, through proposal writing) and publishing scientific results in peer-reviewed literature.

The researcher is expected to work side-by-side with other scientists and engineers to apply advanced theories, methods, algorithms, models, evaluation tools and testbeds, and computational-based solutions address complex scientific challenges affecting areas such as energy, biological sciences, the environment, and national security.

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Level II: Leads specific tasks of the project to meet scope, schedule and budget. Expected to contribute professionally, building a professional reputation for technical expertise. Fully applying and interpreting standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies. Contributes technical content to proposals and develops business through excellent project performance.

Level Ill: Manages small to moderate projects and/or major project tasks. Integrates intellectual and technical capabilities of work teams. Enhances technical/professional skills of junior staff through active mentoring and training. Generates ideas for new proposals and participates in business development activities

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 2 years of Experience MS/MA with 0 years of Experience, MS/MA with 0 years of experience or PhD with 0 year of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 5 years of experience MS/MA with 3 years of experience PhD with 1 years of experience

  • Preferred academic coursework the disciplines of computer science, human computer interaction, visual analytics, human factors engineering, or related disciplines.

  • Skilled professional who applies a broad basis of existing theories, principles, and concepts to a specialty field.

  • Technical expert who selects and widely applies principles, theories and concepts in a major field of specialization.

  • In-depth knowledge in areas such as text analysis, graph theory, analysis, & visualization, dimension reduction, machine learning classification & regression, and optimization is highly desirable.

  • Experience with user experience design and evaluation methodologies (e.g,. design of experiments, empirical studies, qualitative studies, statistical analysis)

  • Level Ill: Manages small to moderate projects and/or major project tasks. Integrates intellectual and technical capabilities of work teams. Enhances technical/professional skills of junior staff through active mentoring and training. Generates ideas for new proposals and participates in business development activities.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at 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 BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Directorate: National Security

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Visual Analytics

Opening Date: 2020-02-04

Closing Date: 2020-09-30