Postdoctoral Appointee - Emerging Device In-Memory Computing Hardware Designer

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7105212 (Ref.No. 684433)
Posted: July 13, 2022

Job Description

Posting Duration: 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. COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate: Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation 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. What Your Job Will Be Like: We are seeking a postdoctoral appointee to design and model novel accelerators for neural networks and other algorithms. Our team is developing computing accelerators based on analog in-memory computing with emerging non-volatile memory devices, including novel memory devices being developed at Sandia. Your work will involve designing and modeling analog circuit blocks, memory array peripheral circuits, reconfigurable digital circuits, and integration of the memory, analog, and digital blocks into an accelerator system. The designs will be included in analog accelerator hardware prototypes that will be fabricated at Sandia’s MESA facility. Your work may additionally involve modeling to evaluate how the physical properties of memory devices and circuits impact the accuracy of algorithms deployed on the accelerator. This will involve developing, extending, and experimentally validating Sandia’s multi-scale simulation tools for analog accelerators. You will also have the opportunity to develop and improve novel algorithms, including neural network and machine learning algorithms, to solve mission-relevant problems. These algorithms will need to be carefully tailored to map both accurately and energy-efficiently to the novel analog hardware deployed in mission-relevant environments. On any given day, one may be called upon to: + Design analog and digital circuit blocks for hardware prototypes. + Develop simulation tools to model and evaluate new devices, circuits, and/or architectures. + Develop hardware constrained neural networks for a variety of applications. + Conduct innovative research, publish and present results in refereed journals and conferences. + Develop and pursue new opportunities in areas that support Sandia Mission activities. + Work in multidisciplinary teams. Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite 100% of the time. Qualifications We Require: + PhD in electrical engineering, computer science, or a related area, conferred within 5 years prior to employment + A record of publication and innovation, as evidenced by peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, technical books or issued patents + Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q clearance Qualifications We Desire: + Ability to work in a collaborative research environment on problems in a variety of domains + Proficiency in solving problems, prioritizing work, and making decisions + Excellent written and oral communication skills + Expertise in modeling devices, circuits, or in-memory computing architectures + Proficiency in circuit design and design tools/workflows + Experience in ASIC and VLSI design + Proficiency with programming languages including python or C++ + Experience developing and delivering new software/simulation tools + Experience programming for or developing compilers for heterogenous systems About Our Team: Responsible for developing, integrating, characterizing, and ensuring the reliability of radiation-hardened microelectronics fabricated in the Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications (MESA) facilities. Advanced device development activities are also a significant part of the team's work, focusing on end-of-the roadmap technologies such as resistive memories, and heterogeneous integration.

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:

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. EEO: 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. Position Information: 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: 684433

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.