Postdoctoral Appointee - Cognitive & Emerging Computing

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

Job posting number: #7079719 (Ref:676851)

Posted: June 10, 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 computational neuroscience? We are seeking a postdoctoral appointee to conduct research on brain-inspired artificial intelligence and large-scale simulations of the brain in collaboration with our interdisciplinary team of neuroscientists, computer scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Develop neurobiological models at differing levels of biological complexity, including neural circuit models constrained by experimental data and exascale simulations of entire brain regions + Work with computer scientists, mathematicians, and machine learning researchers to abstract neural computations such as spiking, spike time dependent plasticity, short term plasticity, dendritic computation, and microcircuit computations into artificial intelligence algorithms + Develop new application areas for neural-inspired computing in fields like high-performance computing, remote sensing, and cybersecurity + Publish research results in high-quality journals and competitive conference venues

Required:
+ Possess, or are pursuing, a PhD in computer science, applied mathematics, engineering, computational neuroscience, or related field + Experience with systems neuroscience or computational neuroscience characterization of the brain’s circuits + Experience with theoretical and practical aspects of machine learning, especially neural networks or similar techniques + 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). + Expertise or interest in using biological data (e.g. electrophysiology or imaging data) to constrain and develop models of single neurons and/or biological neural circuit models. + Familiarity with theoretical approaches/frameworks for understanding brain computation and artificial neural networks such as predictive coding, Boltzman machines, Bayesian computing, and optimization. + Comfortable with mathematics such as calculus and linear algebra. + Experience with specialized 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 is highly desirable

Department Description:

The department of Cognitive & Emerging Computing (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 an 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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