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Data Scientist -Applied Math, Computer Science, Information Science (Experienced)

Livermore, CA

Job ID: 689593

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Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Salary Range:

$101,400 - $201,400 *Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate¿s experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a data scientist (R&D S&E, Computer Science) with a background in computer science, applied math, and information sciences to join our team!

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Work as part of a technical team conducting innovative research in foundational or applied data science

  • Apply data science capabilities to scientific and engineering applications relevant to Sandia's diverse mission space

  • Publish outstanding new developments in peer-reviewed scientific journals

  • Contribute to the development of open-source software

  • Provide technical, programmatic, and operational leadership for National Security Programs

  • Interact and engage with a diverse set of colleagues

    The selected applicant can be a virtual worker located in any U.S. State or District of Columbia. However, monthly travel to your assigned work location is required.

    Applicants on this requisition may be interviewed by multiple organizations at Sandia National Laboratories.

Qualifications We Require:

  • PhD degree in computer science, applied mathematics, or a related engineering or science subject area

  • Publication record indicative of relevant research expertise

  • Software development experience in C++, C, in addition to Java, Matlab, R, Python, Julia or related languages

  • Demonstrated expertise in methods or applications in one or more of the following areas: counter adversarial machine learning, adversarial machine learning, uncertainty quantification of machine learning

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level and SCI-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills

  • A background in solving practical problems in science and engineering that involve encounters with real-world data

  • Ability to work in collaborative, interdisciplinary research environments on problems comprising diverse application domains

  • Experience in high-performing, distributed, or parallel computing

  • Proven research community leadership through activities such as participation in professional organizations

  • Related professional experience such as work experience or internships in the tech industry, other national laboratories, applied research, or participation in visiting research programs, etc.

About Our Team:

The Secure Learning Algorithms Department advances methods and applications of machine learning, data analysis, and numerical and discrete algorithms, and serves to test and evaluate algorithms for verification and security. The department holds expertise in linear algebraic, matrix and tensor methods, graphs and network science, adversary-aware analytics, and decision-making formulations. Supporting Sandia's Science, Engineering, and Mission partners by enabling uncertainty quantification on extraction of critical insights from data simulations, and experiments, these capabilities complement and leverage existing research in other Sandia organizations. The team generates publications as well as prototypical software analysis tools. Our efforts impact a wide range of domains ranging from national security applications to basic and applied research.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide

  • Extraordinary co-workers

  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world

  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities

  • Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)

  • Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

    World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance and SCI access, both of which require US citizenship. SCI access may also require a polygraph examination. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain these levels of access may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

Job ID: 689593

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  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

Life in California

  • Close proximity to first-tier universities, Silicon Valley companies, and other top research laboratories and facilitiesM
  • Access to California’s finest public and private schoolsM
  • VineyardsM
  • BeachesM
  • State ParksM
  • Sports – Nearby major league franchisesM
  • Art havenM
  • Proximity to SF Bay AreaM

Learn more about Life in Livermore, California

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Sandia is a drug-free workplace. As a national laboratory funded by a U.S. government agency, we are subject to federal laws regarding illegal drug use. Illegal use of a controlled substance, including marijuana even in places where it does not violate state law, may impact your ability to obtain and/or maintain a Department of Energy security clearance, and may result in the withdrawal of an employment offer or termination of employment.

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