Postdoctoral Appointee –Data Management for AI

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, IL

Job posting number: #7072307 (Ref:409072)

Posted: November 17, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility’s (ALCF) mission is to accelerate major scientific discoveries and engineering breakthroughs for humanity by designing and providing world-leading computing facilities in partnership with the computational science community. We help researchers solve some of the world’s largest and most complex problems with our unique combination of supercomputing resources and computational science expertise.

The ALCF has an opening for a postdoctoral position in data management targeting at scientific simulation and AI applications. The successful candidate will join the Data Science group, a vibrant multi-disciplinary team of scientists and High Performance Computing (HPC) engineers. In the Data Science group, we work at the forefront of HPC to push scientific boundaries, carrying out research and development in state-of-the-art data management, machine learning and statistics techniques. With the advancement of Exascale systems and the variety of novel AI    hardware designed to accelerate both training and inference, the ALCF is studying the application of these techinques to a variety of our science applications, including but not limited to: Computational Chemistry, Plasma Physics, High Energy Physics, analysis of Light Source data such as that from the Advanced Photon Source, Biology, Astronomy, and other science disciplines. The chosen applicant will have a rare chance to work on exascale supercomputing systems and novel AI hardware to help solve significant real-world problems using machine learning and deep learning. ALCF researchers work in a highly collaborative environment involving science application teams, academia and industry, as well as other national labs and agencies, to solve some of the world’s largest and most complex problems in science and engineering.

We invite you to apply for this postdoctoral position to work on development and scaling of the I/O software stack on supercomputing systems. You will provide technology vision, research, development and support to efficiently read, write and manage large-scale datasets being produced by computational simulations, experiments and observations. You will develop and implement strategies to optimize data management and movement to exploit the underlying system architecture and for application needs. You will work in a highly collaborative environment involving science application teams, academia, industry as well as other national labs and agencies.

  • A recent PhD in a physical science, computer science, or engineering or related field.
  • Comprehensive experience programming in one or more programming languages such as C, C++, and Python
  • Experience with machine learning methods and deep learning frameworks, including Tensorflow, Pytorch.
  • Experience in heterogenous programming and GPU programming in the machine learning context is valuable.
  • Experience with MPI and parallel I/O such as MPI-I/O and with portable data formats such as HDF5 on systems using Lustre and GPFS filesystem.
  • Experience in I/O profiling and performance analysis.
  • Ability to create, maintain, and support high-quality software is essential.  The successful candidate will be expected to work with and contribute to domain-specific software and models.  Experience with version control software such as git is essential.
  • Good communications skills and previous experience in writing technical papers and presentations at national and international symposia is expected.
  • Ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Argonne employees, and certain guest researchers and contractors, are subject to particular restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1. You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne’s Legal Department.



Argonne is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity in our workforce. As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne prohibits discrimination or harassment based on an individual's age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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