Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Physics

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Position ID:LBNLPhysics-Physics-POSTDOCATLASSOFTWARE [#16295, 90134]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellow (ATLAS Software Group)
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Berkeley, California 94720, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Computational physics, HEP-Experiment (hep-ex), Physics
Appl Deadline:2020/05/22 11:59PMhelp popup deleted (posted 2020/04/27, listed until 2020/10/27)
Position Description:    

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

Berkeley Lab’s Physics Division has an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow to work in the ATLAS Software Group that leads the development of Athena, the application framework of the ATLAS collaboration at CERN, with a focus on enabling concurrency on modern heterogeneous architectures and on optimizing HPC workflows. This role will collaborate between the Physics and Computing Research Divisions.

What You Will Do:

  • Share overlapping responsibilities on ATLAS and the Center for Computational Excellence.

  • Collaborate with ATLAS physicists and computer scientists to design and implement new concurrent versions of ATLAS software workflows including event reconstruction, and pileup simulation and digitization, targeting heterogeneous architectures such as GPUs.

  • As a part of CCE, port GPU demonstrator testbeds such as Patatrack, WireCell Toolkit, and FastCaloSim to several portability platforms including Kokkos, SyCL, and Alpaka

  • Develop and evaluate metrics for benchmarking the solutions.

  • Provide recommendations to HEP experiments as they transition to heterogeneous computing environments.

What is Required: 

  • Ph.D. in Physics, Applied Physics, Computer Science, or related field with less than 2 years of experience since Ph.D. thesis.

  • Experience with HEP software development.

  • Proficiency in modern scientific computing programming.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, and to contribute to a large software project.

What We Prefer:

  • Experience in any of the following areas: concurrency techniques, software design, software engineering, the Geant4 simulation toolkit, the ROOT software framework, pattern recognition algorithms, machine learning algorithms and libraries, data analytics frameworks, software performance evaluation and optimization, HPC systems, GPGPU programming including CUDA, SyCL, Kokkos, Alpaka, OpenMP, OpenACC, FPGA programming.

Berkeley Lab values a diverse workforce and culture of inclusion, which are keys to attracting and engaging the brightest minds to further our record of scientific excellence and groundbreaking innovations ( Applications from women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on May 22, 2020.

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

  1. Research Statement

  2. Publication List

  3. Curriculum Vitae

  4. Reference Letters - Arrange to have at least 3 letters of reference submitted online by the reference writers at this site, with at least one external to LBNL/UC Berkeley.


  • This is a full time, M-F, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), 2-year postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 3 years of paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.

  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

  • Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.

  • 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.

Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities.  To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab- Click Here.

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:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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