Postdoctoral Appointee - Neural-Inspired Machine Learning

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

Job posting number: #7085304 (Ref:678316)

Posted: September 15, 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 neural inspired machine learning? We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to conduct research on theory and application of neural inspired machine learning algorithms in collaboration with our team of neuroscientists, computer scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.On any given day, you may be called on to: + Develop and extend neural-inspired machine learning algorithms, such as deep neural networks and reinforcement learning for application to national security missions + Research theoretical principles such as computational complexity and scale to help understand performance + Develop new application areas for neural-inspired computing in fields like high-performance computing, remote sensing, autonomous vehicles, and cybersecurity + Work across teams to implement and explore novel solutions for challenging application areas + Publish research results in high-quality journals and competitive conference venues

+ Possess, or are pursuing, a PhD in computer science, applied mathematics, engineering, or relevant field + Experience with theoretical and practical aspects of machine learning, especially neural networks or similar techniques + Experience in a programming language such as Python or C ++ + Able to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

+ Interest in neural-inspired and ground breaking machine learning algorithms (e.g. reinforcement learning, deep neural networks, spiking neural networks, recurrent neural networks) + Interest in resource (e.g. SWaP or Data) constrained machine learning and deep learning methods and techniques. + Experience with 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) + Experience with large-scale or distributed neural network training and hyperparmater optimization. + Research publications in neuroscience journals or machine learning conferences

Department Description:

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; and heterogenous architectures based on integrated commodity components, special purpose accelerators, neural architectures and algorithms. Our team is committed to nurturing 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:*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. : Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires attest to their vaccination status before commencing employment. Currently, OPEIU-represented employees are excluded from the vaccination requirement. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually. Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-7400.

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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