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Postdoctoral Scholar – Nuclear Engineering - College of Engineering

Recruitment Period

Open date: December 20th, 2018
Last review date: January 31st, 2019
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: February 28th, 2019
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley welcomes applications for a postdoctoral scholar to support a project on multi-source data analytics for nuclear nonproliferation applications. In the absence of direct detection of highly specific nuclear materials, indirect signals of ambient conditions may be used to understand the activities at both declared and undeclared nuclear facilities. Multi-source analytics using distributed sensor networks provides important information to inform such assessments. The goal of this work, in collaboration with Sandia National Laboratories and the Nevada National Security Site, is to collect multimodal data and develop algorithms for integration of disparate data types to identify “useful” patterns.

The Department Nuclear Engineering seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar employee, in the area of Nuclear Engineering, Physics, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences, Applied Mathematics, or in a related field, at 100% time. The candidate will perform work under the supervision of Dr. Bethany Goldblum.

Appointment Length:
This is a full-time, one-year position, the appointment may be renewable for up to two years depending on availability of funding and satisfactory performance. Anticipated start date is early 2019.

Responsibilities include data acquisition using compact multi-source sensors, the development of machine learning algorithms (e.g., time series prediction using recurrent neural networks), data analysis and interpretation, manuscript development, communication of work at relevant scientific meetings, and attendance of a weekly research group meeting. There is also the prospective opportunity for travel to facilities at partner national laboratories.

Basic Qualifications:
• Must have an advanced degree or enrolled in an advanced degree program at time of application.

Additional Qualifications (By Start Date):
• PhD degree or equivalent international degree.
• Experience with data acquisition and software development

Preferred Qualifications:
• PhD or equivalent degree in Nuclear Engineering, Physics, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences, Applied Mathematics, or in a related field.
• Demonstrated creativity and highly developed problem solving skills
• Superior academic achievement and publication record
• Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills and teamwork
• Functional in a Linux/Unix environment
• Experience with machine learning using TensorFlow
• Experience with Arduinos, multi-sensors, and/or basic electronics

The full-time annual salary will be $55,000 - $60,000 with full postdoctoral benefits; commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Procedure:
To apply go to
Please direct all questions for this position to Dr. Bethany Goldblum,, with the subject line: NE Postdoctoral Scholar – Dr. Goldblum.

This position will remain open until filled.

To receive full consideration interested individuals should submit application documents as PDFs, which includes:
• Curriculum Vitae: Your most recently updated C.V.
• Cover Letter: 1-2 page cover letter that summarizes research interests and professional goals.
• Academic Transcripts: Will only be solicited for finalists.
• 3 references required (contact information only): Letters of reference will only be solicited for finalists.

The total duration of an individual's postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at other
institutions. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

The University of California 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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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Berkeley, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - 1-2 page cover letter that summarizes research interests and professional goals.

  • Academic Transcripts - Will only be solicited for finalists.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

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