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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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Are you passionate about working in collaboration with a hardworking team of neuroscientists, computer scientists, mathematicians, and engineers? Our team is seeking a computational neuroscientist postdoctoral appointee to conduct research on implementing neural inspired algorithms on conventional and specialized hardware.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Draw inspiration from neuroscience to develop algorithms to tackle real-world problems
  • Develop techniques for mapping novel brain-inspired and machine learning algorithms onto existing and emerging neuromorphic hardware. This includes analyzing, benchmarking, and modeling neuromorphic architectures
  • Work with computer scientists, mathematicians, and engineers to abstract neural computations such as dendritic computation, short-term plasticity, and microcircuit computations for incorporation into artificial intelligence algorithms and human-made computing systems
  • Develop neurobiological models at differing levels of biological complexity, including neural circuit models constrained by current understanding of sensory processing in biological nervous systems
  • Publish research results in journals and professional conference venues

Qualifications We Require:

  • Possess, or are pursuing, a PhD in Neuroscience, Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related fields
  • Experience in modeling, simulation, and developing/customizing neural-inspired algorithms
  • Experience in a programming language such as Python, C++, or MATLAB
  • Able to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Curiosity about neural-inspired and ground-breaking machine learning algorithms (e.g., reinforcement learning, deep neural networks, spiking neural networks, recurrent neural networks)
  • Expertise or curiosity about computational models of sensory processing in biological systems, e.g., biological neural circuit models constrained by experimental data
  • Curiosity about resource (e.g., SWaP or Data) constrained machine learning and deep learning methods and techniques. Experience with specialized computational architectures such as GPUs, FPGAs, neuromorphic processors, or machine learning accelerators
  • Experience with neural network modeling languages (e.g., PyTorch, Tensorflow, etc.) or neural modeling languages (e.g., PyNN, NEST, NEURON, etc.)
  • Prior research activity, publications in computing, electrical engineering, and/or neuroscience conferences is highly desirable (a list of publications should be included in your CV)

About Our Team:

Cognitive & Emerging Computing Team 1421 pursues research and development of emerging general-purpose, energy-efficient, and beyond-Moore computing paradigms. Cognitive, brain-inspired and neuromorphic computing, human-machine interface technologies. Advanced heterogenous architectures based on coordinated commodity components, special purpose accelerators, neural architectures and algorithms.

Our team is committed to nurturing environment 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:

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.

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: 685109