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Theoretical and Computational Postdoctoral Scholar

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL) Advanced Light Source (ALS) Division has an opening for a Theoretical and Computational Sciences Postdoctoral Scholar to work on accelerating materials discovery using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning techniques (AI/ML). A broad range of scientific backgrounds will be considered for this role.

The ALS is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national scientific user facility whose excellent scientific reputation, expert staff, and capabilities in the soft x-ray, hard x-ray, and infrared regimes attract more than 2,000 academic and industrial users each year in disciplines spanning physical, chemical, materials, biological, energy, and Earth sciences. It is one of five Berkeley Lab user facilities that serve a combined 14,000 users annually. The co-location of these user facilities – including the Molecular Foundry Nanoscale Science Research Center and the NERSC scientific computing center, as well as Berkeley Lab's outstanding programs in materials and chemical sciences, among others – offers a prime environment for collaborative science. The ALS has been a global leader in soft x-ray science for more than two decades and is currently undergoing a large-scale upgrade (ALS-U) that will endow the facility with state-of-the-art x-ray capabilities. It's an exciting time to join our growing team!

What You Will Do:
  • Develop data management, analysis and visualization software for a variety of scientific data sets 
  • Develop AI/ML tools for multi-modal scientific data sets 
  • Contribute to multiple open source projects
  • Provide technical leadership in the area of scientific data analysis

What is Required:
  • PhD degree in the Physical Sciences, Material Science, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science or related discipline, or equivalent in years of relevant experience.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse team of scientists and engineers 
  • Experience and a strong interest in scientific software development or research software engineering
  • Demonstrated record of scientific excellence through publications, talks, or software deliverables.
  • Experience contributing to a scientific software project in a team environment, which might include co-developing an internal project or contributing to community-based open source software

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience using the open source scientific Python software stack for data analysis
  • Knowledge of AI and ML principles and practices
  • Contributions to open source scientific software projects 
  • Experience creating data analysis methods and procedures
  • Demonstrated record in collaborative software development, especially in distributed teams. 
  • Experience in data acquisition and analysis at a synchrotron light source, neutron source, or another major scientific user facility 
  • Familiarity with widely used AI/ML libraries such as scikit-learn, PyTorch, and TensorFlow

For full consideration, please apply by November 14, 2022. This position will remain open until filled.  

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  • This is a full-time, 2 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.
  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
  • Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates and depends on years of experience post-degree.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
  • Work will be performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

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