Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Nuclear Science

Position ID:Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Nuclear Science-COMPUTATIONALRESEARCHSCIENTIST [#16026, 88786]
Position Title: Computational Research Scientist
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Berkeley, California 94720, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Computational physics, hep, Nuclear Physics
Appl Deadline:2020/03/20help popup finished (2020/02/18, finished 2020/05/14, listed until 2020/08/18)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The Relativistic Nuclear Collisions (RNC) program in the Nuclear Science Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is seeking outstanding candidates with recent experience in large-scale data-intensive projects in nuclear physics, high energy physics, or similar science domain to apply for a Career-Track Research Scientist position in Computing to help develop and support computing systems used in the processing and analysis of data from large nuclear physics experiments. 


RNC has major roles in the ALICE experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the STAR and sPHENIX experiments at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory, as well as emerging roles in R&D towards future experiments.  Our computing responsibilities include management and operation of two ALICE Tier-2 grid sites at LBNL and ORNL, support for ALICE and STAR processing on resources at the National Energy Research Supercomputing Center (NERSC), and engagement with the Open Science Grid (OSG) consortium to enable use of High Performance Computing (HPC) systems by research programs supported by the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Physics program office.  The successful candidate will actively participate in all RNC computing projects. Applicants with a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics, High Energy Physics or related fields are strongly encouraged to apply.


The Research Scientist will take a lead role in the day-to-day operation of the two ALICE Tier-2 grid sites, developing tools to monitor and optimize ALICE use of these clusters and act as a liaison between the sites’ systems engineers and the ALICE computing team.  Project responsibilities will also include participating in ongoing R&D projects, solving technical challenges for operating distributed High Throughput Computing (HTC) campaigns that include HPC systems, to both support RNC goals and feed solutions or best practices back to the OSG to help establish common HTC gateways to HPC resources that are useable across science domains.


Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics, High Energy Physics, Physics, Computer Science, or a related field and a minimum of 2 years of experience in research or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Proficiency in one or more common computing and scripting languages: C++, C, Java, Python, or Perl.

  • Working knowledge of Unix systems and tools: shell scripting, virtualization and containers, configuration management systems.

  • Understanding of the principles of workflow management systems (batch systems, job submission interface, pleasantly parallel jobs) and software & data management systems, preferably as applied to science communities.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to understand priorities, independently plan and execute work, and recommend solutions to problems.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with large software projects within science communities.

  • Familiarity with large scale distributed processing frameworks.

  • Knowledge of computer science topics related to workflow planning, reasoning and optimization.

  • Experience in documenting work, establishing regression test suites within a data science / data intensive community.


Requested Application Materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae.

  • Statement of research experience and interests.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however, for full consideration, please submit all application materials by March 20, 2020.


  • This is a full time, M-F, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), 3 year, Career-Track Term appointment that may be renewed to a maximum of 5 years or converted to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.

  • Salary is commensurate with experience.

  • 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 primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

Learn About Us:

Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

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Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4.  Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
1 Cyclotron Rd
Berkeley, CA 94720

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