The goal of the position is to take part in enabling certain types of scientific data analysis where, due to data sensitivity issues, limits need to be placed on the underlying raw data exposed to the researcher. Addressing this issue is now critical to facilitate data collection and sharing.
This work will involve working very closely with both dataset owners and domain scientists doing research on the data, to optimize the application of the DP technique to the scientific workflows in order to ensure that differential privacy is applied in the right place in the workflow, that the "right" information is output to the user, and that epsilon is appropriately tuned.
Important qualities of the position include experience in pros and cons of applications of differential privacy; strong software development skills, including experience in working in team-based development environments; and a strong interest in science, enabling scientific research, learning new scientific domains, and working closely with domain scientists.
TheData Science and Technology department at Berkeley Lab develops software and tools to enable scientists to address complex and large-scale computing and data analysis problems beyond what is possible today. DST engages in partnerships with scientists to understand their computing and data analysis challenges to develop leading-edge solutions. Our research areas address aspects of scientific computing that are not adequately addressed by existing frameworks and tools. Details on current and recent projects are available onhttp://dst.lbl.gov andhttp://dst.lbl.gov/security.
In the context of scientific research and data, the position will be expected to extend the state of the art of trustworthy, scientific data analysis by leveraging, applying, and integratingdifferential privacy with scientific workflows being examined at the Berkeley Lab, such as health data, electric utility data, transportation, etc.., in a user-centered design process.
Write scientific research papers suitable for submission to peer-reviewed computer science venues.
Work closely with researchers and application scientists throughout the DOE Office of Science community, with faculty and students from universities throughout the world, with staff in Integrated Data Frameworks group at LBNL, where this position is housed; the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet); the NERSC production computing facility; and other DOE Leadership Computing Facilities.
PhD degree in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mathematics, statistics, computational biology, or a related technical field is required.
Experience with applying privacy preserving techniques, such as differential privacy.
Experience with applying modern data analysis methods.
Experience with key tools used in scientific data discovery, such as Jupyter notebooks, Spark, PyML, TensorFlow, and/or related software systems.
Proven experience writing software and proficiency and experience in programming languages such as C/C++ and/or Python.
Proficiency with UNIX tools and computer systems.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a diverse interdisciplinary team and contribute to an active intellectual environment.
Established record of peer reviewed publications.
Excellent English written and verbal communication.
Additional Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with applying deep learning methods.
Experience with fundamentals of computer security.
Experience with data movement and manipulation and using APIs for various such libraries and databases.
Experience with cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and/or Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
Postdoctoral Scholars - This is a full time 2 year postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 3 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
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.
Work will be primarily performed at:
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