Research Scientist (22-041)

Old Dominion University
Old Dominion University Research Foundation
Commensurate with Experience
Posted Date
Aug 12, 2022

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Are you looking to join a growing and exciting Data Science Team? If you are looking for a career opportunity with a unique organization, where your contributions matter, consider Old Dominion Research Foundation, in Norfolk, VA, which is engaged in a unique partnership with Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (JLab, a Department of Energy national lab). As a Research Scientist member of the ODU/JLab Data Science team, you will participate in data science research and development efforts focused on projects related to population health, clinical health, and coastal resilience.

We seek multiple Research Scientists with a PhD degree or greater in Computer Science, Data Science, Applied Mathematics, Computer Engineering, or a closely related technical field. The Research Scientist should have a minimum of 0 to 3 years of experience in applying statistical theory and methods to collect, interpret, and summarize data on projects related to population health, clinical health, and coastal resilience.

The Research Scientist will make predictions and recommend actions based on data. Specific knowledge, skills, and abilities required:

  • Proficiency in Python and familiarity with publicly available technical libraries for data analytic (e.g., scikit-lean), deep learning. Demonstrated ability to work with large datasets and mine relevant information for use in AI/ML applications. Demonstrated ability to develop approaches and solutions to complex problems in the forms of proposals, software, documents, or other work products. Proactive, highly motivated self-starter with demonstrated experience with contributing and leading tasks on major projects with multi-disciplinary teams. Must be able to operate computer equipment in an office or laboratory environment. Ability to clearly communicate and report the progress on tasks and projects. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively work on project teams. Peer-reviewed publication record in Computer Science, Data Science, Applied Mathematics, Computer Engineering, or a closely related technical field.


  • Work on all elements of data science workflow (data preprocessing, analyzing data using exploratory mathematics and statistical techniques Generative and data reduction machine learning methods Anomaly/fault detection Causality methods Apply and develop methods to include uncertainty quantification for scientific research project Determines solutions to problems and provides clear reports on project progress and completion. Recommends various technology options or approaches for system and processes improvements in terms of performance, efficiency, cost or safety. Publish research results in highly visible, peer-reviewed venues (conferences & journals) Develop and maintain high quality software for data science projects (machine learning & uncertainty quantify) Interact with internal and external researchers and domain scientists for collaboration purposes Participate and potentially lead technical presentations on the work Other duties as assigned.

To apply, visit  then click on the employment tab and follow the link. Specify position #22-041. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. AA/EOE/M/F/D/V/DFW.

Old Dominion University Research Foundation is an equal opportunity employer (AA/EOE/M/F/Disability/VETS/Drug Free). We pledge our full support to equal employment opportunity for all persons as we recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical and/or mental disability, genetic information, age, protected veteran status or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local law


Old Dominion University, located in the City of Norfolk in the metropolitan Hampton Roads region of coastal Virginia, is a state-assisted, Carnegie doctoral/research-extensive institution that serves its students and enriches the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world through rigorous academic programs, strategic partnerships, and active civic engagement. Its 24,000 students, including over 6,000 graduate students, form a diverse and multicultural community in six academic colleges. Through a collaborative and innovative approach to education and research, the University focuses on student learning and addresses critical needs in the professions. ODU’s programs are offered on the main campus, at higher education centers in the region, and at numerous distance learning sites.

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