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Postdoctoral Appointee - Brain-Inspired Algorithm Development

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

Job posting number: #7084933 (Ref:678305)

Posted: September 9, 2021

Job Description

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time. : Are you passionate about brain-inspired algorithm development? Our team is seeking a mathematician or computer scientist postdoctoral appointee to conduct research on theory and application of brain-inspired algorithm development in collaboration with our group of neuroscientists and computer scientists. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Develop and extend brain-inspired algorithms that use stochastic methods, such as probabilistic neural networks + Research probabilistic methods for artificial intelligence and numerical simulations that can be used on neuromorphic computing hardware + Develop new application areas for neural-inspired computing in fields like high-performance computing, remote sensing, and cybersecurity + Publish research results in journals and competitive conference venues

Required:
+ Have, or are pursuing, a PhD in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, or related field + Experience in customizing algorithms to specialized architectures such as neuromorphic hardware, FPGAs, GPUs, or machine learning accelerators + Experience in a programming language such as Python, C++, or MATLAB + Able to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Desired:
+ Interest in neural-inspired and ground breaking machine learning algorithms (e.g. reinforcement learning, deep neural networks, spiking neural networks, recurrent neural networks) + Interest in applied probability and stochastic processes + Experience with computational architectures such as GPUs, FPGAs, neuromorphic processors, or machine learning accelerators + Experience with neural network modeling languages (PyTorch, Tensorflow, Keras, etc) or neural modeling languages (PyNN, NEST, NEURON, etc) + Prior research publications in neuroscience journals or machine learning conferences

Department Description:

Cognitive & Emerging Computing department (Org. 01421) pursues foundational research and development of:- emerging general-purpose energy-efficient and beyond-Moore computing paradigms;- cognitive, brain-inspired and neuromorphic computing, human-machine interface technologies;- advanced heterogenous architectures based on integrated commodity components, special purpose accelerators, neural architectures and algorithms. Our team is committed to nurturing environment compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits applicants from diverse groups of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community. Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:• Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide• Extraordinary co-workers• Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world• Career advancement and enrichment opportunities• Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)• Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance* World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted. Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law. : This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment. Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.


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