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Computational Science Postdoctoral Researcher
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California
Date Posted 04/29/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering (CCSE) develops and applies advanced computational methodologies to solve large-scale scientific and engineering problems arising in the Department of Energy (DOE) mission areas involving energy, environment, and industrial technology. The primary focus of CCSE researchers is on designing algorithms for multiscale, multiphysics problems described by nonlinear systems of partial differential equations, and in developing implementations of algorithms that target current and next-generation massively parallel computational architectures. CCSE researchers work collaboratively with application scientists to develop state-of-the-art solution methodologies in a variety of fields. As a Postdoctoral Researcher, this position will be responsible for playing an active role in CCSE’s efforts to develop new numerical algorithms and computational capability to model astrophysical plasmas.


What You Will Do:

  • Develop, implement and test numerical algorithms for the modeling of astrophysical plasmas.
  • Explore numerical algorithms for coupling particle and continuum representations of relativistic plasma physics.
  • Extend existing MHD and PIC algorithms to model pulsar magnetospheres.
  • Perform numerical experiments of relativistic magnetic reconnection using mesh refinement.
  • Interact with researchers external to CCSE to explore and extend the applicability of new methodology.
  • Work in a multidisciplinary team environment including mathematicians, computer/computational scientists, and domain scientists.
  • Author peer-reviewed journal articles and contribute to research proposals.


What is Required:

  • Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, or the Physical Sciences/Engineering within the last 3 years, with a strong research background in applied mathematics, computational methods, and scientific computing.
  • Demonstrated research experience in development and testing of numerical algorithms.
  • Strong background in physics and/or astrophysics.
  • Demonstrated experience with C++.
  • Experience in parallel computing for scientific applications.
  • Keen interest in extending mathematical and scientific computing techniques to new problems.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Understanding of astrophysical phenomena.
  • Experience with python.
  • Experience with particle-based methods.



  • This is a full-time 2 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 3 years of paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
  • Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
  • Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4.  Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."

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