Mathematics Postdoctoral Researcher
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Location: Berkeley, CA
- Job Number: 7161400 (Ref #: 86231)
- Posting Date: Aug 8, 2023
- Salary / Pay Rate: $6431-$8642 per month
Division: AM-Applied Mathematics and Computational Research
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's (LBNL, https://www.lbl.gov/) Applied Mathematics and Computational Research Division has an opening for a Mathematics Postdoctoral Researcher to join the team.
High-dimensional scientific computing problems have emerged as a frontier in the physical sciences ranging across statistical mechanics, structural biology, quantum chemistry, condensed matter physics, and high energy physics. The unifying difficulty of these problems is an underlying curse of dimensionality which prohibits exact solutions by direct methods such as numerical quadrature or complete enumeration of the computational state space.
There is a need for synthesis and cross-fertilization of methods across domains, including but not limited to tensor network, neural network, Gaussian process, Monte Carlo, and dynamic programming methods. The Mathematics Group in the Computational Research Division has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher to develop algorithmic tools at the intersection of these methodologies, with a focus on applications in statistical mechanics.
What You Will Do:
• Develop algorithms to automatically build macrostate models from stochastic processes with large state spaces, using ideas from fast randomized numerical linear algebra and dynamic programming.
• Tackle the cubic scaling of dynamic programming methods for secondary structure determination using tensor networks.
• Develop algorithms to estimate free energy differences using kernel and/or neural network methods.
• Develop algorithms to construct kernels adapted to data and chemical collective variables.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
• Communicate research through publication in high-impact journals and presentation at top conferences.
What is Required:
• Ph.D. in Chemistry, Mathematics, or a related discipline within the last five years.
• Experience with software development for high-performance scientific computing.
• Knowledge of statistical mechanics, Markov chain Monte Carlo, numerical linear algebra, Gaussian process regression.
• Ability to communicate effectively and to contribute to a large software project.
For full consideration, please apply by July 15, 2023.
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• This is a full-time 2 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 3 years of paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
• This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
• The monthly salary range for this position is $6431-$8642 and is expected to start at $7843 or above. Postdoctoral positions are paid on a step schedule per union contract and salaries will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates. Each step represents one full year of completed post-Ph.D. postdoctoral experience.
• This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
• Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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