Computational Research Scientist

Website advlightsource Advanced Light Source (ALS)

The Advanced Light Source (ALS) at Berkeley Lab is seeking a Career-Track Research Scientist to work on the development of algorithms and software for the Advanced Light Source. ALS is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national scientific user facility whose excellent scientific reputation, expert staff, and capabilities in the soft x-ray, hard x-ray, and infrared regimes attract more than 2,000 academic and industrial users each year in disciplines spanning physical, chemical, materials, biological, energy, and Earth sciences. It is one of five Berkeley Lab user facilities that serve a combined 11,000 users annually. The co-location of these user facilities – including the Molecular Foundry Nanoscale Science Research Center and the National Energy Research Scientific Center, as well as Berkeley Lab’s outstanding programs in materials and chemical sciences among others – offers a prime environment for collaborative science. The ALS has been a global leader in soft x-ray science for more than two decades and is currently undertaking a new project (ALS-U) that will endow the facility with state-of-the-art x-ray capabilities. It’s an exciting time to join our growing team!

What You Will Do:

The Career-Track Research Scientist will join in the design, development, and optimizations of a user-friendly software development for scientific data, instrumentation and analysis at the ALS. 

  • Work closely with ALS scientists to develop, deploy and customize new software solutions.

  • Develop applications for loading facility data sets and incorporate them into a multi-modal technique database.

  • Collaborate with computing efforts across DOE scientific user facilities to enhance management frameworks, query processed and analyzed data, access data from multiple instruments and facilities in a unified way, and relate these data to one another in support for multi-modal analyses.

  • Provide technical leadership in the area of scientific data analysis based on computing.

  • Provide training to colleagues and write excellent documentation, to elevate the work from a proof of concept to maintainable, long-lasting production ready software.

  • Lead and/or supervise the work of postdoctoral scientists, technical staff, graduate and undergraduate students participating in this position’s work

What is Required:

  • Ph.D. degree in the Physical Sciences, Material Science, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science or related discipline and 1 year of relevant postdoctoral experience and/or professional scientist/engineer experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Experience creating data analysis methods and procedures. 

  • Experience in python programming.

  • Experience and a strong interest in scientific software development or research software engineering.

  • Demonstrated record of scientific excellence through publications, talks, talks, or software deliverables.

  • Experience contributing to a scientific software project in a team environment, which might include co-developing an internal project or contributing to community-based open source software

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and perform collaborative research and effectively work with colleagues with diverse scientific backgrounds

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with neutron and or X-ray techniques.

  • Contributions to open source scientific software projects.

  • Demonstrated record in collaborative software development, especially in distributed teams. 

  • Experience in data acquisition and analysis at a synchrotron light source, neutron source or other major scientific user facilities. 

This position will remain open until filled. For full consideration, please apply by February 1, 2021.


  • This is a full-time, 3 year, career-track term appointment that may be renewed to a maximum of five years and that may be converted to career based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.

  • 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.

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at Berkeley Lab. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion.

  • Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

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.

To apply for this job please visit