Computer Systems Engineer 4

  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Berkeley, CA, USA
  • Jul 26, 2018
Full-time Computer Science Data Analysis Data Engineering Data Integration Data Science Python Research Training

Job Description

Computer Systems Engineer 4 -  85314
Organization: AL-Advanced Light Source

Discover your future at Berkeley Lab!

Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source (ALS) Division has an opening for a Computer Systems Engineer. Reporting to the head of the Computing and Data Group, the incumbent will function as a computer scientist, supporting and planning the ALS data lifecycle to meet ALS programmatic needs and R&D goals. This position is responsible for activities within the Computing and Data Group including the design of the data movement and curation of ALS data, planning for R&D upgrades and adherence to environment, health, and safety aspects. They will collaborate with teams from the ALS, LAB IT and NERSC scientist and engineers to ensure a fully integrated design for the data.   

Berkeley Lab fosters groundbreaking fundamental science that enables transformational solutions for energy and environment challenges, using interdisciplinary teams and by creating advanced new tools for scientific discovery. The Advanced Light Source (ALS) provides users from around the world access to the brightest beams of soft x-rays, together with hard x-rays and infrared, for scientific research and technology development in a wide range of disciplines. The ALS is currently undergoing a new project (ALS-U) which will endow the ALS with revolutionary x-ray capabilities. The ALS has been a global leader in soft x-ray science for more than two decades. It's an exciting time to join our growing team.

What You Will Do

  • Integrate data lifecycle pipeline with “open data” systems, providing options for exposing user facility data to the public in a curated database with flexible web front-end.
  • Develop infrastructure for open source cross-facility dissemination and portability of algorithmic code base.
  • Conduct research in collaboration with external scientists and software developers which adopts open-source tools and algorithms for use at the ALS and other DOE user facilities.
  • Prepare documentation, automated build, and testing system for all code developed.
  • Educate and instruct users and beamline scientists in use of tools and algorithms for technique/experiment-specific data through informal training and recorded short courses.
  • Attend user facility meetings to present tools for cross-facility use, and support collaboration between groups.
  • Provide scientist and user support in deployment and maintenance of developed tools.

What is Required

  • PhD in Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, or a related field or equivalent combination of skills and experience.
  • Experience in developing open source code in areas such as synchrotron data reduction, management, and/or visualization.
  • Significant experience with Python, databases, flask/django and web development/programming.
  • Familiarity with software version control systems (git, github, bitbucket) and automated documentation systems (sphinx etc.)
  • Experience collaborating in a diverse multidisciplinary team environment with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to interact with a variety of technical and scientific personnel including Research Associates, Scientists and Software Engineers with varied academic backgrounds.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills to present and disseminate scientific software developments at group meetings and conferences.
  • Experience with HPC environments.
  • A basic knowledge of system administration.
  • A basic knowledge of data acquisition systems.
  • Development experience with REST services.
  • Familiarity with the wide variety of activities at a facility such as the ALS.
  • Familiarity with scientific/technical principles and vocabulary.
  • Academic training or job experience working in a scientific environment.

Desired Qualifications

  • Professional familiarity with the procedures of synchrotron experimental techniques and data analysis in synchrotron techniques.
  • User beamtime experience at synchrotron facilities, and knowledge of user needs.
  • Experience in working in the NERSC ecosystem.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on August 24, 2018.


  • This is a full time career appointment.
  • Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience.
  • 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.

How To Apply

Apply directly online and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

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. View the poster: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law".

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