Postdoctoral Appointee - Scalable Computer Architectures

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

Job posting number: #7088979 (Ref:679301)

Posted: November 13, 2021

Job Description

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 demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires attest to their vaccination status before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually. Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700. : The Scalable Computer Architectures R&D team is one of the leading hardware analysis and codesign groups in the United States. We are looking for a hard-working postdoctoral appointee researcher to join our team. Our mission is to advance computing hardware for a range of Sandia's mission partners, providing significant improvements in performance, cost, reliability and power consumption for a wide range of applications. Every day in our team is different because of rapid technological change in the industry. We work at the leading edge of hardware design to provide future directions for Sandia's computing users. On any given day you'll be asked to: + Contribute to the development of Sandia’s HPC architectural simulator framework ( and associated modules to analyze advanced networks, processors, advanced memories, and accelerators, and to estimate energy, area, and cost of simulated components + Work with internal and external architecture researchers to evaluate new and emerging architectural designs. This will include working with vendors to prioritize, develop and improve their technologies in order to better meet the needs of NNSA HPC/HPDA application codes and workflows + Use architectural simulators to analyze HPC/HPDA applications to drive the design of future architectures and applications toward increased performance and energy efficiency + Assess emerging techniques in architectures and device technologies + Prepare timely reports, papers, and presentations describing significant results for dissemination within the broader HPC research community

+ Possess, or are pursuing, a PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related field + Experience designing or developing processor, memory, interconnect, or other hardware components + Experience in developing hardware modeling and simulation tools to characterize performance + Evidence of relevant technical expertise in computer architecture via peer-reviewed publications, research, patents, and/or technical advances

+ Knowledge of computer architecture trends and their application to high performance computing + Experience in hardware prototyping and simulation + Deep understanding of node-level communication interfaces (e.g. AXI, PCIe, etc...) + Experience modeling modern compute accelerators, including GPUs, data-flow architectures and/or FPGAs + Experience with Hardware Description Languages (e.g., SystemVerilog, Chisel, Verilog, etc...) + Proven track record of interpersonal communication skills

Department Description:

The Scalable Computer Architectures department leads responsibilities for specifying and developing future generations of high-performance computing systems to meet a broad cross-section of Sandia's national security missions. The team has three principal activities: + Advanced hardware optimization and codesign which includes development of best-of-class simulation and emulation technologies + Advanced architecture testbeds and the Vanguard advanced system prototype projects which deploy first-of-a-kind hardware systems to evaluate the relevance and opportunity to Sandia partners + The application performance team which leads initial application porting and performance evaluation on next-generation computer systems. The department is a source of collaboration and outreach with leading computing vendors and academics, and, collaborates with a broad spectrum of mission organizations to help develop leadership-class hardware solutions. Our team is committed to nurturing a culture compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits applicants from diverse groups of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community. Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:• Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide• Extraordinary co-workers• Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world• Career advancement and enrichment opportunities• Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)• Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance* World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance. Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment. If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. 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. Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.

EEO Statement:

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. : 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.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

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