2023 Luis J. Alvarez and Admiral Grace M. Hopper Postdoc Fellowship in Computing Sciences

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

United States

October 31, 2022


Luis J. Alvarez Postdoctoral Fellowship and Admiral Grace M. Hopper Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computing Sciences

The Computing Sciences Area (https: // cs.lbl.gov/) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is now accepting applications for two distinguished postdoctoral fellowships in Computing Sciences:

  • Luis W. Alvarez Postdoctoral Fellowship, and
  • Admiral Grace M. Hopper Postdoctoral Fellowship.
  • Researchers in computer science, mathematics, or any computational science discipline who have received their Ph.D. no earlier than January 1, 2020 but no later than September 30, 2023 are encouraged to apply. Only one (1) application is needed and it will be considered for both postdoctoral fellowships.

    The successful applicants must be able to join Berkeley Lab by December 1, 2023. They will work with a research group within the Computing Sciences Area and receive a competitive salary, professional travel allowance, relocation assistance, excellent benefits, and an opportunity to work in the dynamic San Francisco Bay Area. This is a two-year postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal and/or conversion to a Career or Term Research Scientist position based upon appropriate division review and approval, job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.

    Since its founding in 2002, Berkeley Lab's Luis W. Alvarez Postdoctoral Fellowship (go.lbl.gov/alvarez) has cultivated exceptional early career scientists who have gone on to make outstanding contributions to computer science, mathematics, and computational sciences. The Admiral Grace Hopper Postdoctoral Fellowship (go.lbl.gov/hopper) was first awarded in 2015 with the goal of enabling early career scientists to make outstanding contributions in computer science and high performance computing (HPC) research.

    About Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab:

    Whether running extreme-scale simulations on a supercomputer or applying machine-learning or data analysis to massive datasets, scientists today rely on advances in and integration across applied mathematics, computer science, and computational science, as well as large-scale computing and networking facilities, to increase our understanding of ourselves, our planet, and our universe. Berkeley Lab's Computing Sciences Area researches, develops, and deploys new tools and technologies to meet these needs and to advance research in our core capabilities of applied mathematics, computer science, and computational science. In addition to fundamental advances in our core capabilities, we impact such areas as astrophysics and cosmology, accelerator physics, chemical science and materials science, combustion, fusion energy, nuclear physics, biology, climate change, and HPC systems and network technology. Research areas in Computing Sciences include but are not limited to:

  • Developing scientific applications and software technologies for extreme- scale and energy-efficient computing
  • Developing mathematical modeling for complex scientific problems
  • Designing algorithms to improve the performance of scientific applications
  • Researching digital and post-digital computer architectures for science
  • Advancing extreme-scale scientific data management, analysis, and machine- learning
  • Developing next-generation machine learning and AI approaches for science
  • Advancing quantum computing technologies, software, algorithms and applications
  • Evaluating or developing new and promising HPC systems and networking technologies
  • Researching methods to control and manage dynamic circuit networks
  • Developing large-scale visualization and analytics technologies
  • Managing scientific data in distributed environments
  • Qualifications:

  • Requires a Ph.D. in computer science, mathematics, computational science, or related discipline
  • Candidates must have received their Ph.D. no earlier than January 1, 2020 but no later than September 30, 2023, and should be able to join Berkeley Lab by December 1, 2023
  • Expertise with advanced algorithms, software techniques, HPC systems and/or networking in a related research field
  • Demonstrated creativity and the ability to perform independent research
  • Demonstrated excellence in a related research field including: solid publication record, high citations, and awards
  • Ability to develop new cross-disciplinary partnerships that use advanced computational and/or mathematical techniques to produce unique lab capabilities
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to facilitate communications and collaborations with internal and external stakeholders
  • Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of advanced computing and high-performance computing
  • Application Process:

    For consideration, applications are due October 24, 2022.

    There is a multi-step application process:

  • As part of your application process, you must upload and submit the following materials: with your online application.
  • CV/Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Research Statement (should be no more than five (5) pages in length) – when printed using standard letter-size (8.5 inch x 11 inch) paper, the research statement should have 1-inch margins (top, bottom, left, and right) and the font must not be smaller than 11 point; figures and references cited, if included, must fit within the five-page limit
  • Publications List
  • Three (3) Letters of Reference must be submitted directly from three individual letter writers on your behalf (due October 31, 2022). You are required to use the template Letter of Reference Template to send requests for your letters to your letter writers. The template provides instructions for letter writers regarding where to return the letter and outlines the required deadline.
  • Application deadline: October 24, 2022. However, your letters of reference must be received by the Lab directly from your letter-writers by October 31, 2022. We recommend that you give advance notice of the deadlines to your letter-writers.
  • It is highly advisable that you have all the required application materials and information ready and available prior to completing and submitting your application. Your application will not be considered complete if any of the above information is missing.

    Tentative Application Timeline:

    The Computing Sciences Fellowship Selection Committee is made up of a diverse representation of scientists and engineers across Berkeley Lab's Computing Sciences Area who will conduct a thorough review of all applications received.

  • Application deadline: October 24, 2022
  • Letters of Reference due: October 31, 2022
  • Review and Selection: November 2022 – January 2023
  • Finalist announced: January/February 2023
  • Notes:

  • The selected candidates will be offered either the Luis J. Alvarez Postdoctoral Fellowship or the Admiral Grace M. Hopper Postdoctoral Fellowship based on their research focus.
  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position.
  • Work may be performed on-site, or hybrid. Work must be performed within the United States.
  • Based on University of California Policy - SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program and U.S Federal Government requirements, Berkeley Lab requires that all members of our community obtain the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are eligible. As a condition of employment at Berkeley Lab, all Covered Individuals must Participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program by providing proof that vaccination requirements have been met or submitting a request for Exception or Deferral. Visit covid.lbl.gov for more information.

    Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) and strives to continue building community with these shared values and commitments. Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab's mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

    Equal Opportunity and IDEA Information Links:

    Know your rights, click here for the supplement: Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law and the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4.

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