Sandia National Laboratories Data Scientist - Computer Science (Experienced) in Livermore, California


We seek a Data Scientist with a background in applied mathematics, computer science, and information sciences. The successful candidate will be a quintessential member of a team advancing the frontiers of theory-guided data science focused on physics and engineering application domains. The ability to interact and cooperate with a diverse set of colleagues is a strong advantage in this position.

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

  • Conduct research in areas that may involve a broad set of techniques, including applied mathematics, Bayesian inference, reduced order modeling, compression, uncertainty quantification, validation and verification, feature extraction, linear/multilinear methods, nonlinear optimization, statistics, and/or machine learning
  • Plan, conduct, and execute work as part of a collaborative, multidisciplinary team of researchers within and extending beyond the Extreme-Scale Data Science & Analytics department
  • Demonstrate technical, programmatic, and operational leadership for high impact to National Security Programs
  • Publish outstanding new developments in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and contribute to open-source software


  • Ph.D. degree in computer science, applied mathematics, or a related engineering or science discipline
  • Publication record indicative of relevant research expertise
  • Programming experience in C++, C, or a related language
  • Strong written- and oral-communication skills
  • A background in solving practical problems in science and engineering that involve encounters with real-world data
  • Demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following areas: applied mathematics, Bayesian inference, reduced order modeling, compression, uncertainty quantification, validation and verification, feature extraction, linear/multilinear methods, nonlinear optimization, statistics, and/or machine learning


  • Experience in high-performance, distributed, or parallel computing
  • Demonstrated experience in high performance computing, modeling and simulation of complex dynamical systems, and analysis of experimental data
  • Experience in python, Matlab, R
  • Experience in SQL, data parsing/preprocessing tools, and data analysis tools
  • Contributions to open source software
  • Demonstrated ability to team in an interdisciplinary R&D environment
  • Demonstrated research community leadership through activities such as participation in student or professional organizations, service on committees, workshop and/or conference organization, and editorial roles

Department Description:

Sandia's Extreme-scale Data Science & Analytics department provides strong expertise in data science and analytics, supporting Sandia's physical sciences and engineering mission partners by enabling the extraction of critical insights from extreme-scale observations, simulations and experiments. Capabilities in the department combine recent advances in applied mathematics and computer science, with expertise in uncertainty quantification, reduced order modeling, linear/multilinear methods, nonlinear optimization, and feature identification techniques. These capabilities complement and leverage existing research in other Sandia departments.

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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

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*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level 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 must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance 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 DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.