Brookhaven National Laboratory (www.bnl.gov) delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation's future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department;of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University.
BNL's Nonproliferation and National Security Department (NN) contributes to U.S. nuclear security and safeguards efforts by assisting in the development, analysis and assessment of policies that strengthen international regimes, collecting and analyzing data to identify trends and threats to the U.S. and international communities, developing and implementing new technologies to address existing and emerging threats, and strengthening the domestic and international institutions that form the framework of the nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear security regimes through training and engagement. The Data Driven Intelligence and Security Group and the Detector Systems R&D and Applications Group pursue research and development and applied science activities that require the input of a computer science specialist. The Computer Science Assistant will work on these projects under the supervision of the Group Leaders and other Department Leaders.
The Nonproliferation and National Security Department seeks a student with knowledge and experience in research studies, data science, global affairs, international safeguards, nonproliferation, and/or national security who can assist the Department in conducting research on the United States' nonproliferation and national security programs. The Computer Science Assistant will assist with analyzing environmental sample data produced at the NSLS-II beamline and participating in R&D projects in the field of machine learning.. The successful candidate will be given the opportunity to attend BNL lectures, conferences and training related to international nuclear safeguards to develop an understanding of the field.
Essential Duties and Responsibilties
Contribute to in situ characterization of environmental samples by programming Python code for data analysis.
Contribute to deep learning for safeguards surveillance review.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Enrolled in a graduate program in computer science.
Familiarity with Python applications and programming.
Familiarity with Linux Operating System.
Basic knowledge of machine learning, specifically deep learning.
Clear and concise oral and written language skills.
Clear and well-structured presentation skills.
Ability to work independently in an office or laboratory environment.
Interest in contributing to scientific endeavors and publications.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Working knowledge and experience in Python programming
Hands-on experience in machine learning algorithm development
Understanding of principles of international safeguards and nonproliferation
Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:
The main scope of work will take place in an office environment, but complementary activities may require access to the laboratories of BNL scientists and engineers. The successful candidate must be able to conduct themselves safely in BNL laboratories by completing required training, interpreting laboratory safety information postings, and wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.
The successful candidate may have the opportunity to attend NNSA's Safeguards Summer Lecture Series and travel alone or with other Department representatives to attend professional meetings or make presentations at colleges or universities in the United States.
Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, Brookhaven Lab brings world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory's almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. Our award-winning history, including seven Nobel Prizes, stretches back to 1947, and we continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale, and everything in between. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.