Postdoctoral Research Staff Member

California, US
May 17, 2024
Posting live until
Aug 15, 2024

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 important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$8,850 - $11,040 Monthly

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We have openings for Postdoctoral Research Staff Members to contribute to fundamental R&D in machine learning and statistical methods in support of different projects related to AI Safety & Security, Foundation Models in areas such as material science or bioassurance, and uncertainty quantification for deep learning models. These will be interdisciplinary projects that aim to combine state-of-the-art machine learning models with various science objectives. Examples are multi-modal sequence-to-sequence models for molecules and chemical reactions or combine large language models with other modalities. Furthermore, you will develop methods to improve safety and trustworthiness of these models. This position will be in the Machine Intelligence Group in the Center for Applied Scientific Computing (CASC) Division within the LLNL Computing Directorate.

You will

  • Research, design, implement, and apply advanced machine learning methods for multiple applications in a collaborative scientific environment.
  • Actively participate with project scientists and engineers in defining, planning, and formulating experimental, modeling, and simulation 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 grant 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.


  • Recent Ph.D. in Machine Learning, Optimization, Computer Science, Mathematics or a related field.
  • Demonstrated ability and desire to obtain substantial domain knowledge in fields of application in order to communicate effectively with subject matter experts, and to identify novel, impactful applications of machine learning.
  • Experience developing, implementing and applying advanced statistical or machine learning models and algorithms using modern software libraries such as PyTorch, TensorFlow, or similar as evidence through medium to large scale deep learning models and experiments.
  • Demonstrated research productivity, as documented by publications, reports, presentations, and/or open-source software in relevant venues (NeurIPS, ICML, ICLR, CVPR, AAAI, AISTATS, UAI, KDD, JMLR, Nature etc.)
  • Experience with scientific programming in the Python ecosystem as evidence through software artifacts, such as deep learning models, workflows, simulations, or similar
  • Experience with one or more of the following areas of deep learning: large language models, graph neural networks, multimodal models, generative models, robustness, explainable AI.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with high-performance computing, GPU programming, parallel programming, cloud computing, and/or related methods including running numerical simulations of complex workflows
  • Demonstrated technical leadership in fields related to machine learning, such as mentorship or managing teams.
  • Experience or interest in scientific applications, such as, material science, climate science, etc.

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 either no security clearance, or a Department of Energy (DOE) L-level or Q-level clearance depending on the particular assignment.

If you are selected and a security clearance is required, 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. L and Q-level clearances require U.S. citizenship.

If no security clearance is required, but your assignment is longer than 179 days cumulatively within a calendar year, you must go through the Personal Identity Verification process. This process includes completing an online background investigation form and receiving approval of the background check. (This process does not apply to foreign nationals.)

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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