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Early Career Data Scientist 1 - Mathematics, Statistics

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Providence County, RI
Closing date
Aug 12, 2022
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The Math, Stats, and Data Science (MSDS) Group within the National Security Directorate is looking for a mid-career scientist with a background in mathematics, statistics, data science, and domain science to contribute to interdisciplinary projects in biology, chemistry, materials science, energy, and national security.

Data scientists in the MSDS group use mathematics, statistics, and data analysis techniques to develop high quality and defensible methods and tools to address critical scientific challenges in national security, energy, environment, materials sciences, and fundamental sciences. In many cases, our research is deployed across a variety of compute architectures to support big data analytics problems. Examples of our capability areas include:
  • Mathematics and Statistics: We rely on deep technical expertise in classical mathematics, statistics, and computational modeling to identify, develop, and defend algorithmic solutions to challenging scientific problems. This spans a wide variety of disciplines including experimental design, optimization, uncertainty quantification, signal processing, functional analysis, spatiotemporal modeling, artificial intelligence, machine/deep learning, game theory, graph theory, and Bayesian modeling. We also have deep expertise in bringing the areas of topology, algebra, and geometry to bear on data science problems. Recognizing that no one tool or model can provide the whole solution, we work together to produce innovative solutions that go beyond what we can do ourselves.
  • Domain Science Driven Solutions: We pride ourselves on choosing the right solution for the problem at hand. This is only possible through close partnerships with domain science experts including biologists, chemists, computer vision experts, geospatial analysts, nuclear chemists and engineers, material scientists, environmental scientists, and natural language processors. Our team understands that domain-specific characteristics should steer solutionswe guide experimental design and study planning, data collection, developing methods and executing analyses, reporting results and providing recommendations, and establishing data archival procedures. Our integral role in developing and executing study lifecycles results in explainable, reproducible, and validated research across the entire breadth of laboratory research including problems in critical-infrastructure analysis, classification of multi-omic functionality, environmental planning, nuclear safety, and national security.
  • Uncertainty, Risk, and Tradeoffs Analysis: We develop and deploy operational decision-making tools in several domains using model-based and data-driven learning. In doing so, we characterize operations, risk, resilience, and deterrence; incorporate adversarial behavior; and optimize solutions under limited resource constraints. We consider real-world uncertainties around supply chains and concepts of operations, imperfect measurements and observations, human intervention, and external impacts. In the face of these challenges, we provide strategic options and alternatives, quantify confidence in our recommendations to manage risks, and provide effective and achievable solutions that support operational objectives.
  • Deployment to Users: At our core, we are applied researchers and provide results and tools to stakeholders including data scientists, subject matter experts, decision, and policy makers. We serve diverse communities and work to communicate effectively by facilitating educational courses, producing high quality papers for peer reviewed publication, and creating user-friendly software tools that can be deployed in a variety of environments.

Data science researchers and practitioners work side by side to apply advanced theories, methods, algorithms, models, evaluation tools and testbeds, and computational-based solutions to address complex scientific challenges affecting a wide range of domains and application areas. Core domain knowledge is beneficial, such as in thenuclear, biological, energy, materials, or chemical science spaces.

The successful candidate will work in interdisciplinary teams to develop and address challenging problems as well as contribute to software solutions, new project ideas, written reports and publications, and technical presentations. Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to work with a diverse team are desired.



Expectations of our early-career data scientists include:
  • Contribute professionally to a diverse team
  • Build their professional reputation for technical expertise
  • Apply and interpret standard theories, principles, methods, tools, and technologies
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work in a collaborative environment
  • Experience with a high-level programming language, such as Python
  • Apply innovative problem-solving skills to solve challenging technical problems
  • Initiate personal direction and goals
  • Stay current with industry and academic developments
  • Passionate and self-motivated with good time management skills
  • Ability to work with different technologies


Minimum Qualifications:
  • BS/BA with 0-1 years of experience
  • MS/MA with 0 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications:
  • MS in mathematics, statistics, or related field

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

No hazardous working conditions / environment are anticipated for this position.

Testing Designated Position

This is not a Testing Designated Position (TDP)

About PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington Statethe dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Labs campus is only a 45-minute flight (or ~3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

Mandatory Requirements

Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination, or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.
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