Postdoctoral Research Associate Machine LearningJob ID 2519 Date posted 05/24/2021
Brookhaven National Laboratory (www.bnl.gov) delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University.
Brookhaven National Laboratory is entering an exciting new chapter with one of the newest and most advanced synchrotron facilities in the world. National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) enables the study of material properties and functions with nanoscale resolution and exquisite sensitivity by providing world-leading capabilities for X-ray imaging and high-resolution energy analysis.
This facility is open to users from academia and industry and its operations are at a time when the world enters a new era with a global economy fueled largely by scientific discoveries and technological innovations. NSLS-II provides the research tools needed to foster new discoveries and create breakthroughs in critical areas such as energy security, environment, and human health.
The NSLS-II Accelerator Coordination Group (ACG) is the interface between Operations group, each of the subsystems, and all of NSLS-II’s beamlines to ensure that the accelerator provides peak reliability and quality. ACG manages beam studies, fault analysis, repair prioritization, beam stability analysis, and overall accelerator performance.
The Postdoctoral Researcher will report to ACG Maintenance Coordinator, and have close contact with the entire ACG. The candidate will work to develop advanced Machine Learning methods by assembling datasets from machine archives, to develop and tune algorithms, and training algorithms with datasets. Once tools are established, the candidate will work with accelerator Operations to create live, operator-facing applications for daily use. The research work is supported by a recently funded DOE/BES Machine Learning R&D project, and is part of a collaboration with Machine Learning researchers at SLAC and Argonne National Laboratories.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Write scripts to automate data collection and cleaning
- Communicate with collaborators, accelerator-subsystem experts
- Tune and optimize Machine Learning algorithms
- Learn and create accelerator operations controls/readbacks
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- PhD in physics, physical sciences, computer science or applied mathematics
- Programming experience
- Proficiency in languages: Python, Matlab
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Machine learning
- Accelerator operation
- Comfort with complex algorithms and large datasets
- BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past five years.
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- 401(k) Plan
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- Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
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