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Position Summary:

Berkeley Lab’s Physics Division has an opening for a High Performance Computing Postdoctoral Scholar. The Postdoctoral Scholar will work with the Berkeley Lab’s (LBNL) ATLAS software group leads the development of Athena, the application framework of the ATLAS collaboration at CERN, with a focus on enabling concurrency on modern heterogeneous architectures and on optimizing HPC workflows. The ATLAS software group is a collaboration between the Physics and Computing Research Divisions and has a strong track record in Computational Physics research, including data-driven pattern recognition algorithms, post-Moore architectures (including neuromorphic and quantum systems), data analysis tools and workflows on HPC, new algorithms and software for Monte Carlo event generator and simulation.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with ATLAS physicists and computer scientists to design and implement new concurrent versions of ATLAS software workflows including event reconstruction and pileup simulation and digitization.
  • Lead the effort in one or more ATLAS core software areas, organizing the work across the collaboration under the supervision of the ATLAS Core Software coordinators.
  • Contribute to the development and optimization of ATLAS production workflows on HPC such as those at NERSC.
  • Conduct original research independently and in collaborations.
  • Publish papers/reports in refereed journals, provide documentation and tutorials, and make oral presentations of own work. Interact with the experimental High Energy experimental community involved in forefront software development.
  • Report results to supervisor.

Additional Responsibilities as needed:

  • Identify and propose new research projects aligned with the group priorities.


Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Physics, Computer Science, or related fields.
  • Experience with Physics or Nuclear Science software development, workflows, or production.
  • Proficiency with computing programming languages including C/C++ and python.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct original research independently and as a team member.
  • Good communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work as a team member to accomplish goals.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) in physics, applied physics, computer science, or related fields.
  • Experience with High Energy Physics or Nuclear Science software development, workflows, or production.
  • Proficiency with modern scientific computing programming (including C/C++ and python).
  • Good communication and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct original research independently and as a team member to accomplish goals . Ability to effectively interact and to contribute to a large software project.

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

  1. Curriculum Vitae.
  2. Cover Letter.
  3. Statement of Interest.
  4. 3 Letters of reference (to be uploaded on AJO by referee).

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on June 1, 2018.


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


To learn more information on the Physics Division’s research programs, visit

High Performance Computing Postdoctoral Scholar – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – Physics

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