Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Physics

508 16756
Position ID:LBNLPhysics-Physics-LZCOMPDEV [#16756, 90986]
Position Title: LZ Computing Infrastructure Developer
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Berkeley, California 94720, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Computational physics, astrophysics, HEP-Experiment (hep-ex), High Energy Physics, Physics
Appl Deadline:2020/09/25 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2020/08/26, finished 2020/11/13, listed until 2021/02/25)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications is accepted. ***

Berkeley Lab’s Physics Division has an opening for an LZ Computing Infrastructure Developer to work on software development and maintenance for the LZ experiment.  

In this role, you will develop and maintain methods and procedures to transfer scientific data from the experimental site in South Dakota to the primary data center at Berkeley Lab, NERSC, and to UK data centers.

LZ is a next-generation dark matter experiment, selected by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the US National Science Foundation as one of the three ‘G2’ (for Generation 2) dark matter experiments.

What You Will Do:

  • Provide technical expertise in support of operations of the data transfers between SURF, NERSC, and UK data centers.

  • Provide technical expertise in support of establishing and maintaining databases associated with data transfers and data processing at NERSC.

  • Provide technical expertise in processing and management of data production at NERSC.

  • Collaborate with LZ scientists on data transfers and data processing at NERSC.

  • Coordinate the maintenance of LZ code when underlying OS and external packages are updated.

  • Profile and improve the efficiency of LZ data transfers and associated databases.

  • Document infrastructure software code for both users and developers.

  • Write unit tests and integration tests; support continuous integration testing at NERSC.

  • Develop presentations for collaboration meetings, seminars, workshops, and conferences.

What is Required: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Physics, Astronomy, or closely related field and a minimum of 5 years of related experience with the development and maintenance of webservers or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience with modern software development practices.

  • Proficiency in the following:

    • C++, Python 3, and object-oriented languages.

    • Running Linux nodes (Ubuntu and CentOS).

    • Managing and maintaining SQL databases (e.g. Postgres or MySQL)

    • Java Enterprise Edition for web application development.

    • Use of git for code management and Continuous Integration.

    • Docker Images and orchestration software, creation, and distribution of images.

  • Experience with Astronomy, Physics, Cosmology datasets, or related scientific datasets.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work effectively within a large geographically distributed collaboration with varying computational expertise.

What We Prefer: 

  • Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy, or closely related field.

  • Experience with the following:

    • Wildfly server for web applications.

    • Maven for web applications.

    • Kubernetes or Rancher 1 and 2for Docker Images.

    • MongoDB for database management.

    • Nginx for the development of Webservers.

    • SAML2 for user authentication.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on September 25, 2020.

The following requested application materials listed below must be submitted through Academic Jobs Online: 

  1. Statement of Interest.

  2. Curriculum Vitae.

  3. Reference Letters - Arrange to have at least 3 letters of reference submitted online by the reference writers at this site, with at least one external to LBNL/UC Berkeley.


  • This is a full time, M-F, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), 3 year, Term appointment with the possibility of extension for a total of 5 years or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.

  • This position will be hired at a level commensurate with the business needs; and skills, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate.

  • 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.

  • This position will be remote initially but limited to individuals residing in the United States tentatively until January 2021 due to COVID-19. Once the Bay Area shelter-in-place restrictions are lifted, work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

Learn About Us:

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.

Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities.  To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab- Click Here.

Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accountability (IDEA) and strives to hire individuals who share these same values and commitments.

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. Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."

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