September 6, 2022

Postdoc position at Sandia National Laboratories

Position Type: Research
Priority: No
Degree Requirement: Post Doctorate
Postdoc position at Sandia National Laboratories
Sandia National Laboratories is looking for well qualified candidates with an interest in developing computational techniques with novel computing architectures. 
Kevin J. Webb
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering Building
465 Northwestern Avenue
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2035

Job ID685137
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Full/Part TimeFull-Time
Posting Duration: 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.
What Your Job Will Be Like
We are seeking a dedicated Postdoctoral Appointee to perform algorithm development and research in an integrated team that includes microcircuit simulation and fabrication, signal processing design, mission simulation, and performance prediction. We are developing novel computing accelerators based on analog in-memory computing that will be embedded at the point-of-sensing in space and airborne remote sensing systems. Join us to develop creative solutions to unique national security challenges!
The successful candidate will develop remote sensing algorithms for space-based systems optimized for embedded hardware based on noisy analog devices. You will use your experience with neural network development, especially recurrent neural networks in low-precision computing, to develop these algorithms. In addition, experience with uncertainty propagation and probabilistic computing will aid you with the stochastic nature of the underlying hardware.
On any given day, you may be asked to:
  • Develop hardware constrained neural network algorithms for space-based or airborne detection
  • Develop Bayesian neural networks to enable real-time uncertainty quantification using stochastic analog devices
  • Develop algorithms for low precision, high noise, and radiation environments
  • Conduct innovative research, publish and present results in refereed journals and conferences
  • Develop and pursue new opportunities in areas that support Sandia Mission activities
  • Work in multidisciplinary teams
Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.
Qualifications We Require
  • PhD, acquired within the last 5 years in electrical engineering, computer science, or other relevant field
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance
Qualifications We Desire
  • A record of publication and innovation, as evidenced by peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, technical books or issued patents is preferred
  • Proficiency with programming languages such as Python, MATLAB, C/C++, and neural network accelerator platforms like CUDA
  • Proven experience with low precision and fixed-point processing
  • Experience with in-memory computing, implementations using programmable resistive memories and microcircuits
  • Ability to work in a collaborative research environment on problems in a variety of domains
  • Proficiency in solving problems, prioritizing work, and making decisions
  • Proficiency with varied communication methods, including oral presentation, preparation of high-impact visual presentations, written reports, and the ability to clearly and concisely communicate scientific and technical information at a level tailored the audience
  • Experience training convolutional and recurrent neural networks
  • Experience with uncertainty quantification and Bayesian neural networks
  • Expertise in modeling devices, circuits, or in-memory computing architecture
About Our Team
We provide research and development (R&D), systems engineering, system analysis, system test, and project management for the United States Nuclear Detonation Detection System to DoD and DOE sponsors as well as supporting speculative and next generation systems. Using systems engineering expertise to support USNDS space and ground systems throughout the lifecycle, the team uses advanced modeling and simulation capabilities to assess USNDS performance as a system-of-systems to inform mission partner decisions. We work closely with ground and flight systems (SNL and LANL) to ensure that USNDS needs are met and manage R&D efforts for the operational users at the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC).
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.
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.
Position Information
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.