Computational Postdoctoral Scholar

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Postdoctoral Fellow
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CR-Computational Research
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Berkeley Lab’s NERSC Division and the Computational Research Division are looking for talented and motivated Computational Postdoctoral Scholar to become part of our team working on exciting science research projects to develop FPGA accelerated materials science applications. Researchers in computer architecture, computer science or any related computational science discipline who have received their Ph.D. within the last three years are encouraged to apply.


You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team that will be developing custom hardware acceleration for ab-initio electronic structure calculations for materials science and chemistry applications based on Density Functional Theory.  We will use Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) to demonstrate and investigate the efficacy of the solution. The successful candidate will have a strong technical background in hardware design and algorithm development for FPGAs or ASICs.  


What You Will Do:

  • To develop hardware generators for the constituent algorithms for planewave DFT codes, which include 3D FFTs, and various dense linear algebra functions.

  • Evaluation and optimization of  existing and new techniques and results on FPGA emulation platforms (Xilinx, Altera, or Amazon F1).

  • Development of new algorithms for 3D-FFT and linear algebra that better utilize the unique capabilities of FPGAs.

  • Work in a multidisciplinary team environment, that fosters interactions between advanced technologies (hardware, algorithm design, and the application) and domain sciences teams (materials science).

  • Author peer-reviewed journal articles and contribute to grant proposals.


What is Required:

  • Ph.D. in a Computational Science, Computer Science or Computer Engineering or related field.

  • Experience with FPGA programming environments including hardware description languages such as Verilog, SystemVerilog or VHDL, and FPGA development environments (e.g. Xilinx or Altera).

  • Highly self-motivated and willing to learn new technologies and applications.

  • Experience working in a collaborative environment.

  • Established record of peer reviewed publications.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Keen interest in solving science challenges.

  • Experience with using and developing cutting edge software, and/or hardware prototypes in a research environment.


Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Understanding of higher-level hardware development languages such as CHISEL, SPIRAL, or BlueSpec is desirable, as is experience with parameterized hardware generation techniques.

  • Understanding of algorithm optimization methods as they pertain to hardware implementations of FFT and linear algebra.

  • Deep understanding of advanced computer and systems architecture (CPU, caches, memory systems), and their contributions to the overall system performance.

  • Demonstrated creativity, initiative and ability to design, develop and implement complex solutions consistent with emerging technology challenges.

  • Experience using performance analysis tools (e.g. hardware performance counters and code instrumentation frameworks like Tau) will also be beneficial to understand performance of complex scientific applications involved in the study.

  • Experience as part of a multidisciplinary, collaborative team that includes computer/computational scientists and domain scientists.

  • Work effectively both in an independent fashion as well as part of a team.


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.


Notes:

  • This is a full time, 2 years, 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 paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.

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

  • 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.


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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."

 

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