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Machine Learning Research Scientist - Postdoctoral Researcher

Entry Level | Full-time
Information Technology/Computing | livermore, CA | 01/11/2022

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

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 essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Job Description

We have multiple openings for new Postdoctoral Research Staff Members.  Postdocs will join collaborative, interdisciplinary project teams to conduct novel research on the design and deployment of AI/ML/statistical methods that positively impact the Laboratory's national security mission.  LLNL’s broad national security mission provides unique opportunities to operate at the intersection of machine learning and material science, high energy physics, predictive medicine, cybersecurity, energy systems, and more. This position is in the Computing Directorate within the Center for Applied Scientific Computing (CASC) Division.  

In this role you will: 

  • Research, design, implement, and apply advanced machine learning methods for multiple applications in a collaborative scientific environment. 
  • Actively participate in defining, planning, and formulating modeling, simulation and experimental efforts for complex problems stemming from national security applications. 
  • Propose and implement advanced analysis methodologies, collect and analyze data, and document results in technical reports and peer-reviewed publications. 
  • Contribute to funding proposals and collaborate with others in a multidisciplinary team environment, including academic and industrial partners, to accomplish research goals. 
  • Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internal and external to the Laboratory. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE (L/Q)-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • Ph.D. in Machine Learning, Statistics, Computer Science, Mathematics or a related field. 
  • Demonstrated experience developing, implementing and applying advanced statistical or machine learning models and algorithms using modern software libraries such as pytorch, tensorflow, stan, or similar. 
  • Demonstrated experience with scientific programming in at least one high level language such as Python/R/Julia.   
  • Demonstrated ability and desire to obtain substantial subject matter expertise in fields of application in order to communicate effectively with subject matter experts, and to identify novel, impactful applications of machine learning. 
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research, as documented by publications, reports, and presentations. 
  • Demonstrated analytical problem-solving and decision-making skills needed to craft creative solutions and independently solve complex problems. 
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a multidisciplinary team environment, present and explain technical information to technical as well non-technical audiences, document work and write research papers. 

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with high-performance computing, GPU programming, parallel programming, cloud computing, and/or related methods. 
  • Demonstrated technical or project leadership in fields related to machine learning. 
  • Experience with scientific programming in low level languages such as C/C++.

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2021 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

LLNL demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new Laboratory employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.

Security Clearance

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory.  Some positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement above).  If you are selected and a clearance is required, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  An L or Q clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  For additional information please see DOE Order 472.2.

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form

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