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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate Research Associate - High Performance Computing in Boston, Massachusetts


The High-Performance Computing (HPC) Group at PNNL seeks a Post-Doctoral researcher with a strong research record and interest in building the next generation of HPC systems. Our ideal candidate will have a drive to contribute to world-leading research, gain experience and an understanding of working at a DOE national laboratory, and tackle complex multi-disciplinary projects. We are looking for candidates that could contribute to projects within our ongoing portfolio, covering topics including performance modeling, analysis, and optimization of large-scale scientific workflows; compilers; runtime system software; architecture design and synthesis tools; non-von Neumann computing systems; and distributed scientific computing incorporating edge, cloud, and HPC resources. The candidate will collaborate closely with laboratory personnel in developing leading research and will engage with computing and domain experts and researchers at collaborating national laboratories, universities, and industry partners. Specific topics of interest include:

  • Architectural design, design automation, and high-level synthesis tools

  • Performance modeling, analysis, and optimization of scientific workloads on large-scale and distributed systems

  • Compiler frameworks, including LLVM and MLIR

  • System software and runtime systems

  • Programming for scientific workloads, including C++ and CUDA

  • AI and ML frameworks, including Tensorflow and PyTorch

  • Quantum computing algorithms, systems, and simulation


Responsibilities and Accountabilities include:

  • Working with researchers across disciplines to help shape future computing systems with mission impact

  • Participating in and potentially leading technical discussions with collaborators

  • Presentation of research results in peer-reviewed conferences and workshops

  • Contributing to and developing papers to be submitted to peer-reviewed venues


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

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Additional Information

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About PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at .

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

If you are offered employment at PNNL, you must pass a drug test prior to commencing employment. PNNL complies with federal law regarding illegal drug use. Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal drug. If you test positive for any illegal controlled substance, including marijuana, your offer of employment will be withdrawn.

Mandatory Requirements

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries, you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

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Employees and their families are offered medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, health savings account, flexible spending accounts, basic life insurance, disability insurance, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, tuition assistance, supplemental parental bonding leave, surrogacy and adoption assistance, and fertility support. Employees are automatically enrolled in our company funded pension plan and may enroll in our 401k savings plan. Employees may accrue up to 120 vacation hours per year and may receive ten paid holidays per year.

  • Research Associates excluded.

**Once eligibility requirements are met.

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