Postdoctoral Appointee – Collaborative Machine Learning Platform for Scientific Discovery

  • Engineer
  • Fixed Term
  • Postdoc
  • Scientist
  • Software specialist
  • Illinois, USA

Website advancedphoton Advanced Photon Source

Requisition Number: 409363 Location: Lemont, IL
Functional Area: Research and Development Division: XSD-X-Ray Science Division
Employment Category: Temporary 6 Months or Greater Education Required: Not Indicated
Level (Grade): 700 Shift: 8:30 – 5:00

The X-Ray Science Division (XSD) at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) ( at Argonne National Laboratory invites applicants for a postdoctoral position to develop a machine learning platform for scientific discovery at scientific user facilities. This shared platform will lower the barrier to entry to machine learning driven discovery by leveraging advances in machine learning methods across user facilities, thus empowering domain scientists and data scientists to make new scientific discoveries using existing and new data. This position will be funded under a 3-year Department of Energy award: A Collaborative Machine Learning Platform for Scientific Discovery. The selected candidate will work as a part of a multidisciplinary research team comprised of scientists from several National Laboratories.

The successful candidate will perform R&D and other activities to collaboratively develop a framework to share and distribute machine learning models/data/networks among the user community. This framework will capture, store, and track contributions, and enable users to search contributions. The candidate will lead the deployment of these tools at an APS beamline to advance discovery in x-ray data analysis.

We are seeking a combination of the following knowledge, skills, and experience:

  • Comprehensive programming proficiency, preferably in Python.
  • Experience with machine learning methods and frameworks especially applied to physical science problems.
  • Experience with x-ray data analysis and/or modeling, such as crystallography, diffraction, or spectroscopy data analysis and/or modeling.
  • Skill in written and oral communications.
  • Ability to work as part of a team to solve problems of scientific and technological interest to the APS.
  • The selected candidate should hold a Ph.D. before starting this position.

Preferred experience:

  • Experience with synchrotron light source / x-ray free electron laser experiments.
  • Experience using high-performance computing systems and facilities.

This level of knowledge is typically achieved through a formal education in at the PhD level in the physical sciences, computer science or engineering, or a related field.

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