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Job Category:
Postdoctoral Appointee - Computer Scientist
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Job Description


We are seeking a postdoctoral appointee to design and model the architecture of novel computing accelerators\. You will help design the architecture for an analog neural network accelerator based on novel analog memories, or programmable resistors\. This involves designing and modelling the complete architecture of an accelerator including reconfigurable digital logic, analog circuit blocks, and on\-chip communications\. You may also help develop simulators to model the impact of analog device properties on neural network accuracies\.

You will also work on designing accelerator architectures that heterogeneously integrate leading edge high performance logic with lower performance, but trusted and radiation hardened controllers\. This involves developing fault tolerant architectures, developing discrete event simulations of the full system, interfacing simulations across different levels of abstraction and developing new simulation methodologies to propagate device level errors to a system level simulation\.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

+ Design and model new computing architectures
+ Develop new simulation tools
+ 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


+ A PhD, conferred within 5 years prior to employment, in electrical engineering, computer science, or a related area\.
+ A record of publication and innovation, as evidenced by peer\-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, technical books or issued patents\.
+ Ability to work in a collaborative research environment on problems in a variety of domains
+ Proficiency in solving problems, prioritizing work, and making decisions
+ Excellent written and oral communication skills
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance


+ Expertise in modelling new architectures based on emerging memories or novel devices
+ Experience with discrete event simulation for computer architectures
+ Experience in ASIC and VLSI design
+ Proficiency with programming languages including python and C\+\+
+ Experience developing and delivering new software/simulation tools
+ Proficiency in circuit design
+ Experience programming for or developing compilers for heterogenous systems

Department Description:

The Assured Digital Systems & Computing department maintains capabilities for the verification of digital systems, including software; analysis of hardware and software; modeling and simulation of digital or software systems; synthesis of hardware or software to meet formal specifications; and development of specialized software utilizing advanced mathematics to meet specialized customer needs\. The department additionally performs research involving neuromorphic computing architectures\. The team consists mostly of PhDs with research backgrounds in computer science, analysis of programming languages and domain specific languages, and high performance computing\. We collaborate and team closely with organizations internally to 8700 and across SNL and a broad spectrum of external partners\.

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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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: http://www\.sandia\.gov

\*These benefits vary by job classification\.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy \(DOE\) granted Q\-level security clearance\.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre\-employment drug testing, and a pre\-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications\. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q\-level security clearance, which requires U\.S\. citizenship\.

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 the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in 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, disability, or veteran status\.


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\.

About Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy. With main facilities in Albuquerque, NM, and Livermore, CA, Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.