Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Physics

508 10079
Position ID:LBNLPhysics-Physics-MONTECARLOSIM [#10079, 84150]
Position Title: Physicist Project Scientist
Position Location:Berkeley, California 94720, United States [map]
Subject Area: Physics
Appl Deadline:2018/01/19 deleted (posted 2017/10/06, listed until 2018/01/19)
Position Description:    

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

Berkeley Lab’s Physics Division has an opening for a Physicist Project Scientist responsible for developing and evaluating new software workflows that exploit the capabilities of the High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities at the Lab’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC).  These workflows will allow physicists in the High-Energy and Nuclear Physics groups at LBNL to efficiently perform Monte Carlo simulation, data reconstruction, and data analysis.

What You Will Do:

  • Collaborate with LBNL Physicists and Computer Scientists to evaluate, develop, and implement new software workflows for running experimental software on HPC facilities.

  • Perform analysis of workflows from the ATLAS, ALICE, LUX, LZ, and Daya Bay experiments.

  • Collaborate with experts in the workflows of each individual experiment and with researchers at NERSC.

  • Exercise independent judgment and contributes in an original manner at the professional level.

  • Independently solve complex problems using ingenuity, creativity, and advanced scientific principles.

  • Perform analysis and evaluate the current software workflows to contribute to the configuration of NERSC-9, the next-generation HPC system that will be deployed at NERSC in 2019.

  • Develop and plan the new workflows, which will involve understanding job scheduling, parallelism, resource allocation, and resource limitations, should enable the efficient use of NERSC-9 for physics analysis, while still being flexible enough to be efficient on other HPC systems supported by the DOE.

  • Collaborate locally with students and visitors as well as LBNL staff, and remotely with other institutes working on related projects.

  • Publish papers and/or make reports or oral presentations of the above-mentioned work.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • May also be involved in the development of the software of one or several of the experimental collaborations involved in the project.

  • The work will be of interest to NERSC and the HPC community, and the researcher may become involved in both.  

  • The work will also be carried out in collaboration with the ATLAS, ALICE, LUX, LZ, and Daya Bay groups at LBNL.

  • There will be exposure to these experimental physics programs, and it may be possible to retain membership in one of these collaborations.

What is Required:

  • Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) in Physics, Applied Physics or Computer Science.

  • At least 3 years of work experience since PhD.

  • Experience with Physics or Nuclear Science software development, workflows, or production.

  • Proficiency with computing programing languages (C/C++ and python) is required.

  • Must work effectively with users, understand user needs, and show initiative, tact, and judgment in developing solutions for users.

  • Demonstrated ability to assume a leadership role, ability to grasp complex problems and develop solutions, and possess in-depth background in scientific computing.

  • Astute interpersonal skills and ability to communicate well orally and in writing.

  • Experience in presenting scientific work through formal and informal reports and presentations; relevant publication record.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in any of the following areas: the ROOT software framework, job scheduling, batch system operation, data management, HPC systems, NUMA and MIC system architectures, software performance evaluation and optimization.

The following requested application materials listed below must be submitted through Academic Jobs Online:

  1. Curriculum Vitae.

  2. Cover Letter.

  3. Statement of Interest.

  4. 3 Letters of reference (to be uploaded on AJO by referee).

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on January 19, 2018.


  • This is a full time, 1 year, Term appointment with the possibility of extension based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.

  • Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

  • 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.

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