S. Scott Collis Fellowship in Data Science 2024
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What Your Job Will Be Like:
Are you looking to perform innovative research in data science? Are you excited about research informed by real-world needs? Are you passionate about impacting problems of national importance? If so, consider the possibilities afforded by Sandia’s Data Science Fellowship.
The S. Scott Collis Fellowship in Data Science seeks applicants with a demonstrated background and interest in the interdisciplinary domain of data science to include mathematics, computer science, artificial intelligence, statistics, computer engineering, and related areas. Collis Data Science Fellows work at the junction of cutting-edge data science techniques and Sandia’s national security mission and application space. Examples of relevant data science techniques range from machine learning and deep learning to advanced statistical methods to optimization techniques to methods designed for specialized hardware and beyond. Examples of the scientific and engineering applications relevant to Sandia’s diverse missions include nuclear deterrence and nonproliferation, numerical modeling and scientific simulation, energy systems and power grid, cyber security, operations research, geospatial analysis, neuromorphic computing, and many other national security domains.
As a Collis Data Science Postdoctoral Fellow, you will:
Pursue a combination of both self-directed research in your topic area and integration with existing Sandia R&D projects,
Address complex problems in support of broad-ranging national security areas,
Collaborate with highly motivated researchers on challenging research questions using state-of-the-art computational resources, and
Present your work at leading publication and conference venues.
The selected Fellow will receive a two-year appointment with the potential option for a third year, which includes a highly competitive salary, moving expenses, and a generous professional travel allowance.
Sandia National Laboratories is committed to nurturing a culture compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives. Consistent with this vision, we seek applicants from diverse backgrounds and we foster an inclusive research community.
Applicants should submit a one- or two-page summary, excluding references, of a data science research problem and proposed approach. We are interested in understanding the types of problems, data, and techniques that candidates hope to pursue during a potential fellowship. Insights into how the proposed work may relate to national security problems are welcomed, but not required. If selected for the fellowship, the candidate will work with a Sandia staff mentor to align the proposed work to Sandia’s mission needs and expand the summary into a formal proposal for the funding that will support the next two years of their research at half-time. The other half of the selected fellow’s time will come from an existing Sandia R&D project, giving the fellow the opportunity to collaborate on a research team.
To apply to the S. Scott Collis Fellowship in Data Science, please complete the following steps:
Submit a single PDF file containing your cover letter, CV, and a 1-2 page research proposal
Have three letters of recommendation submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Collis DS Fellowship" as the subject line
Applicants who are selected for on-site interviews should be available to travel during the first two weeks of December 2023.
Complete applications received through November 1, 2023 will receive full consideration.Applicants not selected for the S. Scott Collis Fellowship in Data Science may be considered for other postdoc opportunities where available.
Qualifications We Require:
Completion within the last three years, or anticipated completion of requirements by commencement of appointment, of a Ph.D. in a data science related area, such as mathematics, computer science, statistics, or engineering
Research experience in one or more of the areas above as evidenced by a strong record of research publications and presentations
No previous postdoctoral appointments at a national laboratory
Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE security clearance, which requires US Citizenship
Qualifications We Desire:
Ability to work in collaborative, interdisciplinary research environments alongside specialists in other domains
Related professional experience such as internships in industry or at other national labs, participation in visiting research programs, etc.
Proven research community leadership through activities such as participation in student or professional organizations, outreach activities, etc.
Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
Software development experience in C++, C, Matlab, R, Python, Julia, or related languages
A commitment to encouraging an inclusive culture, as proven through your application materials
About Our Team:
One of the country's largest research facilities, Sandia employs 15,000 people in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Livermore, California, in an exciting and highly collaborative multidisciplinary work environment. Our mission areas include nuclear weapons, energy, nonproliferation, defense, infrastructure, homeland security, counterterrorism, cybersecurity. Data Science touches most of Sandia’s diverse missions, and we collaborate with a broad range of government customers while also maintaining a research presence in the external professional community by collaborating with both universities and industry. Sandia Data Scientists publish peer-reviewed literature, participate in professional societies, and referee for conferences and journals.
This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.
Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.
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 DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.
NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:
If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.
If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.
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.
Job ID: 691103
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