Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Nuclear Science

Position ID:Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Nuclear Science-MLPOSTDOC [#26283, 100174]
Position Title: Machine Learning Postdoctoral Researcher
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Berkeley, California 94720, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Physics / Computational physics, Machine Learning, Nuclear Experiment (nucl-ex), Nuclear Physics
Appl Deadline: (posted 2023/10/18, listed until 2024/04/18)
Position Description:    

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The Nuclear Science Division (NSD) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher, with focus on the application of machine learning techniques to address the challenges of optimization of the world-leading gamma-ray spectrometer, GRETA and the superconducting ECR ion source VENUS. 


What You Will Do:

  • Collaborate with scientists, technicians, and engineers, become familiar with the safe operation and basic scientific principles of both GRETA and VENUS.

  • Participate in the development of a toolchain which optimizes the fidelity of GRETA detector simulations with machine learning techniques using large experimental data sets.

  • Participate in the development of a machine learning framework that will allow for the computer-driven control and analysis of GRETA and VENUS. This framework will be made generalizable enough to be applied to other Department of Energy accelerator-related systems.  

  • Develop, test, and optimize machine learning frameworks so they may be used reliably, with a focus on the GRETA signal decomposition task. 

  • Present results at collaboration meetings, seminars, workshops and conferences and publish in refereed journals.

Additional Responsibilities as needed:

  • May mentor graduate or undergraduate students.


What is Required:

  • Ph.D. in Physics, Machine Learning, Computer Science or related discipline within the last three years.

  • Experience with data analysis and computer programming in Python and/or C/C++, and a familiarity with machine learning techniques.

  • A demonstrated ability to perform research individually and as part of a research group.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience handling large data sets.


How To Apply:

For inquiries please contact Kelly Rushing (

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

  1. Cover Letter.

  2.  Curriculum vitae.

  3. A list of up to ten relevant publications, including contributions for multi-author publications.

  4. A statement describing current and future research interests (3-page limit excluding figures and references).

  5. Provide the names and contact information of at least two references who may be contacted.

This position will remain open until filled.



The monthly salary range for this position is $5,374 - $6,445 and is expected to start at $6,133 or above. Postdoctoral positions are paid on a step schedule per union contract and salaries will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates. Each step represents one full year of completed post-Ph.D. postdoctoral experience.



  • 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. 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.

  • 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 16 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.


Berkeley Lab’s Postdoc Program is committed to providing Postdoctoral Researchers and Visiting scholars with a positive and impactful experience to jump-start their career through premium research and career development, networking opportunities, mentoring programs, and a strong community.  For more information, please visit our Berkeley Lab Postdoc Resources site and our Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association site.


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. 


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