Scientific Software Post-Doctoral Associate

Website BrookhavenLab NSLS-II (National Synchrotron Light Source)

Job ID: 2425

Date posted: 12/04/2020

Brookhaven National Laboratory ( delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University.

Position Description

The National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is seeking a seeking an exceptional Postdoctoral Research Associate to contribute to a multidisciplinary project involving several DOE user facilities, focusing on accelerating materials discovery from complex multi-modal experimental and simulated data set through application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning techniques (AI/ML). The associate will join the NSLS-II Data Acquisition Management and Analysis group (DAMA) to work on accelerating materials discovery via infrastructure for AI/ML applied to multi-modal experimental and simulated data sets.

A broad range of scientific backgrounds will be considered for this role. Demonstrated experience and a strong interest in scientific software development or research software engineering is required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical leadership in the area of scientific data analysis.
    • Lead a focused effort to build on the Bluesky data acquisition and management framework ( a system for capturing processed and analyzed data, accessing data from multiple instruments and facilities in a unified way, and relating these data to one another in support for multi-modal analyses.
    • Coordinate with related efforts, both within the NSLS-II DAMA group with DOE and international collaborators in the Bluesky Project and the scientific open source community at large.
    • Work closely with domain scientists to deploy and evaluate software.
  • Provide training to colleagues and write excellent documentation, to elevate the work from a proof of concept to maintainable, long-lasting infrastructure.

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • PhD degree in the Physical Sciences, Material Science, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science or related discipline
  • Experience using the open source scientific Python software stack for data analysis
  • Demonstrated record of scientific excellence through publications and talks
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse, discipline-spanning team of scientists and engineers
  • Experience contributing to a scientific software project in a team environment, which might include co-developing an internal project of contributing to community-based open source software
  • Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Experience with neutron or X-ray techniques
  • Some knowledge of AI and ML principles and practices
  • Contributions to open source scientific software projects
  • Experience creating data analysis methods and procedures
  • 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 facility
  • Familiarity with widely-used AI/ML libraries such as scikit-learn, PyTorch, and TensorFlow

BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past five years.

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation:  Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Ping Pong, Softball, Tennis)

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