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Simons Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Theory of Computing for Science


The Simons Institute at the University of California, Berkeley and the Computing Sciences Area at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) invites applications for the Simons Postdoctoral Fellowship in the "Theory of Computing for Science." The fellowship allows recent graduates with a Ph.D. (or equivalent) to acquire further scientific training in an exciting new collaboration between the Simons Institute and Berkeley Lab. The postdoctoral fellows will be part of a research project in partnership with Berkeley Lab's  Computational Research DivisionNational Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Division, or Scientific Networking Division (home of ESnet), which include state-of-the-are computing and networking facilities in addition to basic research in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, and Computational Science. Fellows will also serve one semester as Fellows in the Simons Institute in Algorithmic Challenges in Genomics program during the beginning of 2016.

Applications for this position will be open shortly

Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab delivers world-class resources in computation and networking for the nation, and co-locates leading Computer Science and Applied Mathematics research and development with these two capabilities. The Computing Sciences Area research and development portfolio is broadly focused on addressing: the challenges of low-power computing, necessary to build the next generation computing systems; realizing the opportunities in the increasing richness and availability of scientific data; and extending the power of computational modeling and simulation to new fields of scientific inquiry.

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Division deploys leading-edge computational and data resources for over 4,700 users, including over 500 across all UC campuses, from a broad range of disciplines. As a result of this support for science, NERSC users published 1,900 research papers in 2012.

The Scientific Networking Division is the home of the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) — the high-speed, nationwide network interconnecting all DOE Labs, sites and facilities. ESnet is one of the fastest networks in the world, and in terms of the amount of traffic carried, is currently growing at twice the rate of the commercial Internet. As more and more big scientific instruments, such as telescopes, light sources, etc., rely on networks, such as ESnet, to connect them to supercomputers and data-analysis facilities around the world, and accelerate discovery for the users of these instruments.

The Computational Research Division is home to fundamental research in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics producing models, algorithms, programming languages, and tools that allow simulations to be run, data transported and stored. Improved mathematical models, algorithms, and programming languages have had as much impact on the scale and accuracy of scientific simulations as have increases in computer performance.

The Simons Fellowship in partnership with Berkeley Lab aims to support recent graduates (within the past three years) with a strong emphasis on collaborating with current Simons Institute programs. The successful applicant will be receive a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

We encourage those who are interested in the foundational work in computer science and its use in other science disciplines to join us in our efforts by applying for a fellowship.


  • Requires a Ph.D. in computer science or related discipline.
  • Candidates must have received a Ph.D. within the last three years.

About Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Computing Sciences organization provides the computing and networking resources and expertise critical to advancing the Department of Energy's research missions: developing new energy sources, improving energy efficiency, developing new materials and increasing our understanding of ourselves, our world and our universe. ESnet, the Energy Sciences Network, provides the high-bandwidth, reliable connections that link scientists at 40 DOE research sites to each other and to experimental facilities and supercomputing centers around the country. The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) powers the discoveries of 5,500 scientists at national laboratories and universities, including those at Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division (CRD). CRD conducts research and development in mathematical modeling and simulation, algorithm design, data storage, management and analysis, computer system architecture and high-performance software implementation.