Thursday, September 4, 2014

[DMANET] Postdoc opportunity in High Performance Computational Codesign at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Postdoc position: Performance Prediction in Computational Codesign at Los
Alamos National Laboratory
Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is
primarily responsible for monitoring the safety and reliability of the
U.S. nuclear stockpile and conducting research into new defense programs.
It is a center for research in a wide range of scientific disciplines,
including space exploration, geophysics, renewable energy, supercomputing,
medicine, and nanotechnology.
The Computer, Computational, and Statistical Sciences (CCS) Division is a
vibrant scientific research and development organization working in
multiple mission areas of Los Alamos National Laboratory, including energy
and climate programs, basic science and technology research programs,
computing programs, information science and technology, and the nuclear
weapons program. The division is comprised of scientists (85% PhD) focused
on impactful research and development in fundamental computer science,
computational physics, algorithms, high-performance computing, statistics,
and applied mathematics. CCS Division bridges the computational sciences
that are central to scientific discovery and innovation with external
partners and laboratory programs to solve complex and fundamental problems
ranging from metagenomics to nuclear energy.

The Information Sciences group (CCS-3) has multiple openings for
postdoctoral research associates in the area of codesign for computational
physics methods and novel hardware architectures. Selected candidates
will participate in a multi-year project to develop a comprehensive
performance-prediction capability for next-generation HPC platforms. This
will be achieved through the development of scalable discrete-event
simulation models for hardware/software components in proposed
architectures. For this interdisciplinary project, we are looking for
candidates with a strong background in as many of the following areas as

. (Parallel) Discrete-Event Simulation
. Computer architectures with a focus on novel concepts used in
high-performance platforms (extreme-scale parallelism, GPUs, many-cores,
. Concepts used in operating systems and middleware such as MPI,
threading, etc
. Knowledge of computational physics methods and concepts, in particular
in the areas of hydrodynamics and radiation transport
. Advanced programming skills and knowledge of compiler optimization

We offer the opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary team.

Minimum Job Requirements:
. A PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Computational Physics
. Research-level expertise in at least one of the following:
discrete-event simulation, computer architectures, operating systems and
middleware, computational physics
. Strong programming skills
. Demonstrated ability to publish research in peer-reviewed journals or
conference proceedings
. Willingness to work in interdisciplinary project teams and learn about
other fields

Desired Skills (not mandatory):
. Background or research-level expertise in as many of the following:
discrete-event simulation, computer architectures, operating systems and
middleware, computational physics
. Ability to obtain Q clearance, which normally requires US citizenship

How to Apply:
In addition to applying on-line at for job IRC35258
candidates should send their academic style CV including a brief
description of their research interests to Stephan Eidenbenz at

Postdoc Program Information:
For general information on the Postdoc Program including salary guidelines
go to

Postdoc appointments are for two years with an option for a third year
extension. Salaries are competitive. Candidates may be considered for a
Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the
prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or
Frederick Reines Fellowships.

Additional Information:
Pre-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to
complete a pre-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy
that includes random drug testing.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity
employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment
practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race,
color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation,
physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a
protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits
imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed
to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and
will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to
participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an
accommodation, please send an email to or call

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