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Postdoctoral Researcher - Materials Science - Machine Learning

Entry Level | Full-time
Postdoctoral/Fellowship | livermore, CA | 08/03/2023

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Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$108840 Annually 

 

Job Description

We have an opening for a  Postdoctoral Researcher - Machine Learning to conduct research in cheminformatics and materials informatics. You will be part of an interdisciplinary team of computer scientists, materials scientists, and chemists applying existing and developing new machine learning techniques to accelerate the design and development of materials and organic molecules. This position is in in the Functional Materials Synthesis and Integration Group of the Materials Science Division.

In this role you will

  • Develop cutting-edge machine learning and data science methods to aide in the discovery of new molecular and polymeric compounds with targeted properties.  
  • Utilize machine learning and data science techniques to automate the extraction of chemical data, knowledge, and underlying chemistry-function relationships to guide improvements in material design.
  • Adapt and improve upon existing traditional machine learning methods to be amenable to challenges in the domain of chemistry and materials science.
  • Contribute to and actively participate in the development of novel concepts applying machine learning to chemistry and materials science to solve critical materials science challenges.
  • Document research; publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DOE community and at conferences.
  • Pursue independent but complementary research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
  • Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • PhD in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, Mathematics or related field.
  • Experience in one or more higher-level programming languages such as Python, Java/Scala, Matlab, R or C/C++.
  • Broad experience and fundamental knowledge of developing and applying algorithms in one or more of the following Machine Learning areas/tasks: deep learning, unsupervised feature learning, zero- or few-shot learning, active learning, reinforcement learning, natural language processing, multimodal learning, ensemble methods, scalable online estimation, and probabilistic graphical models.
  • Experience with one or more deep learning libraries such as TensorFlow, PyTorch, scikit-learn, Keras, Caffe or Theano.
  • Ability to develop independent research projects and publish in peer-reviewed literature.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills as reflected in effective presentations at seminars, meetings and/or teaching lectures.
  • Initiative and interpersonal skills with desire and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Knowledge of or experience with applying machine learning to scientific domains.
  • Experience working with variety of types of input data for machine learning (images, molecules, text).

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years, open to those who have been awarded a PhD at time of hire date.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Security Clearance

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.  If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. 

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

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