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R&D Computational Social Scientist


Sandia National Laboratories

Background of Organization

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Contact Person Asmeret Naugle
[email protected]
Position Title R&D Computational Social Scientist
Job Location Albuquerque, NM
Position Description This position will focus on foundational and applied research in computational social science.   You will be working as part of an interdisciplinary team to provide research, data analysis, and simulation for social science applications.  You should have familiarity with machine learning, data analysis, system dynamics simulation, and/or agent-based simulation.  Other topics that support computational social science research, such and complexity metrics and causal inference, are also likely to be integrated into the research and experience with or interest in such topics is desired.  SNL Job Title: Computer Science.
Required Skills
  • Advanced degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Statistics, Machine Learning, or related field plus a bachelor’s in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience
  • Your experience includes machine learning, data analysis, system dynamics simulation, and/or agent-based simulation
  • You are able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance
Desired Skills
  • PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Statistics, Machine Learning, or related field
  • Experience with simulation, including system dynamics modeling
  • Experience with data analysis and machine learning
  • Interest in working on social science topics
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary teaming environment
  • Ability to be self-directed and lead research projects
  • Strong organizational and critical thinking skills
About Our Team
The Machine Intelligence department focuses on cutting-edge research in machine learning and artificial intelligence for national security applications.  Our mission is to research, develop, and deploy methods that are credible, robust, and help decision makers in a variety of domains.  Specific focus areas include rigorous uncertainty quantification for machine learning, computational social science, geospatial analytics, open-source analytics, and open cyber research. 
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.

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 Edited by BB 08-07-19