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Data Scientist

Job ID 1912 Date posted 10/09/2019


Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, Brookhaven Lab brings world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory's almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. Our award-winning history, including seven Nobel Prizes, stretches back to 1947, and we continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale, and everything in between. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.



The National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) is seeking an experienced data scientist to join the Scientific Computing & Data Acquisition, Data Management, Data Analysis Group (DAMA).



The position is funded through the Center for Biomolecular Structure (CMBS), a Department of Energy, Office of Science, Biological and Environmental Research (DOE-BER)- and NIH-sponsored user facility located at the NSLS-II at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY.

The candidate will work closely with the NSLS-II’s Imaging and Microscopy Program (IMP) with a goal of developing advanced image visualization and analysis tools. The developed tools will be deployed at the IMP beamlines for processing experimental data. The IMP beamlines have the world-leading imaging capabilities either using scanning or full-field microscopy techniques. The scientific data generated at these beamlines are multimodal (spectromicroscopy, tomography with different contrast mechanisms (absorption, fluorescence, ptychography and more), multi-dimensional (3D or 4D) and extremely large. The candidate is expected to develop sophisticated data analysis tools incorporating machine learning or other advanced methodologies.

Further, this position is needed to support the development and maintenance of a software and infrastructure for data analysis, management and analysis for the CMBS and NSLS-II user community. The successful candidate will work with a team of scientists and engineers to design, develop, and maintain reliable software and infrastructure to enable data acquisition, management and analysis at the NSLS-II facility. 



Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Spearhead a focused effort to develop user-friendly software tools for multi-scale and multi-modal image analysis, collaborating with the NSLS-II Data Acquisition, Management, and   Analysis (DAMA) Group, to enhance productivity for biological and   environmental scientists.
  • Develop new capabilities for the IMP beamlines with a view to expand to other techniques.
  • Collaborate with beamline   scientists to define and implement the best strategies and approaches in data acquisition, scientific data handling, management, visualization, and   analysis for the purpose of enhancing scientific productivity and impact at   NSLS-II.
  • Provide support for Bioimaging users in data collection methods and data analysis  
  • Provide documentation, training and support for software and systems.  

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • PhD degree in Computer Science, Physical Sciences, Applied Mathematics or related field.  
  • Minimum of three (3) years of relevant experience.  
  • Demonstrated experience with Imaging techniques and algorithms  
  • Ability to employ sound software engineering methodologies.  
  • Demonstrated experience in multiple programming languages, including Python.  
  • Experience with Linux operating systems. 

 Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated record in collaborative software development, especially in distributed teams.  
  • Experience in data acquisition and analysis programs at a synchrotron light source, neutron source or other major scientific user facility.  
  • Experience in user interface development.  
  • Experience working with messaging and distributed systems  
  • Experience working with NoSQL and/or Relational databases

 Other Information:  The position classification offered will be commensurate with the candidate’s depth and breadth of   experience.


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