Data Scientist 3 – Mid-Career Cheminformatics Professional job vacancy in Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, WA 99354)

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Company name : Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Location : Richland, WA 99354
Position : Data Scientist 3 – Mid-Career Cheminformatics Professional

Description :

The Chemical and Biological Signatures Group (CBS) is an interdisciplinary group of approximately 50 biologists, chemists, and engineers that solve research and development problems related to chemical and biological detection and forensics. Much of the work involves trace detection in complex samples including environmental, food, or biological samples, and is directed toward national security missions to prevent and counter acts of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Key challenges include: identifying the appropriate signatures, sample collection/preservation and preparation, development of detection and analysis technologies, and development of approaches and analytical methods for high confidence measurements. CBS is seeking a computationally oriented chemist/cheminformatics scientist with an interest in leading multidisciplinary teams and solving real-world problems in cheminformatics. The successful candidate will be a highly motivated, capable researcher with significant hands-on experience focused broadly on the identification and characterization of chemical signatures that are of concern to national security sponsors, including metabolomic signatures. They will be expected to publish papers/reports; to develop relationships with national security sponsors that will lead to longer term opportunities for leadership and personal growth; and to interact with internal and external stakeholders to grow PNNL’s capabilities.

Designs, develops, and implements methods, processes, and systems to analyze diverse data. Applies knowledge of statistics, mathematics, machine learning, data modeling and high performance data architectures, software development, and advanced computing to integrate and prepare data; invent and implement computational methods for complex, high-dimensional, and high-volume data analysis; and make discoveries from structured and/or unstructured data. Produces software to support exploratory data analysis from complex and high-dimensional datasets. Designs, develops, and evaluates models and algorithms that lead to optimal value extraction from data. Demonstrates ability to transfer skills across application domains.

Minimum Qualifications:

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

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated expertise applying computational chemistry and cheminformatics techniques to various assignments in a research and development environment
Demonstrated expertise in computational and/or statistical aspects of chemistry and cheminformatics
Knowledge of analytical chemistry, specifically mass spectrometry
Data analysis expertise with one or more omics data types (genomics, proteomics, or metabolomics)
Proficiency in multiple scripting languages (e.g., Python, R)
Experience in machine learning, deep learning and other data science techniques
Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively across multiple disciplines to solve complex problems
Demonstrated ability to direct small, dynamic, multi-disciplinary research teams
Significant record of peer-reviewed publications and presentations at conferences, or an equivalent demonstration of productivity in technical open or classified reports
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment:

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

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.


U.S. Citizenship
Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance with 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.
Drug Testing: All Security Clearance positions are Testing Designated Positions, which means that the candidate selected is subject to pre-employment and random drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 months can be demonstrated.
Testing Designated Position (TDP):

This position is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). The candidate selected for this position will be subject to pre-employment and random drug testing for illegal drugs, including marijuana, consistent the Controlled Substances Act and the PNNL Workplace Substance Abuse Program.
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 State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s 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.

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