Monday, June 30, 2014

NERSC Marks 40th Anniversary with Series of Lectures on Nobel Prize-Winning Science

Videos of four talks now online for viewing

Since it was established 40 years ago, the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) has been a leader in advancing computational science. To mark its 40th anniversary, NERSC presented a series of four invited talks featuring NERSC users whose research had led to Nobel prizes.
“We’re extremely proud of our users whose work has been recognized with Nobel Prizes, just as we are proud of the scientific accomplishments of all of our 5,000-plus users,” said NERSC Director Sudip Dosanjh.
The four talks, presented at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, drew standing room only crowds and attracted hundreds of remote viewers of the streaming video.
Click here to see four talks posted online for viewing

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Not a Scientist? Start Your Next Career at Berkeley Lab!

Since joining Berkeley Lab, I have attended several conferences and career events, where I have the opportunity with engage with many talented individuals looking to start their next career, and many times at each of these events someone will approach me saying, “I’m not a scientist, but I really like what Berkeley Lab does, do you ever hire people who aren’t scientists?”

With a smile on my face, I typically offer the same candid reply, “I work in HR, and I’m not a scientist.” Continuing with a bit of dry humor, “Hey, someone has to pay the bills and keep the lights on!”  Working in an operations role at Berkeley Lab comes with as great a responsibility as the scientists we support.  As our mission states, we are here “To anticipate and safely deliver exceptional operational services in support of the scientific mission of Berkeley Lab.”

OCFO: Office of the Chief Financial Officer

Let’s take a closer look at one of our divisions that lives up to this day in, and day out; our Office of the Chief Financial Officer, or OCFO.  This is a fancy title for our phenomenal finance organization.  Made up of approximately 150 employees, the OCFO works across our scientific and operational divisions, managing and analyzing thousands of transactions, and hundreds of millions of dollars.  They are involved in the purchasing and procurement of everything from paperclips to the construction of buildings. The OCFO is a key partner and major contributor to lab-wide initiatives including the Financials Systems Modernization (F$M) Project and the Procurement organization transformation – all in support of “bringing science solutions to the world.”  With core operations located in Emeryville, CA, just a few miles southwest of Berkeley Lab’s main campus, the OCFO has employees embedded in each of the Lab’s divisions to provide seamless support by not only being physically located near the science, but becoming an integrated part of nearly every facet of scientific discovery.  By working side-by-side with division management, and principal investigators (PIs), our physicists can do physics, our biologist can do biology, and our computational scientists can… well, you get the picture – it all computes!  In short, Berkeley Lab could not have made so many scientific breakthroughs without the OCFO!

The OCFO is currently seeking applicants with initiative and focus who thrive in a challenging and dynamic environment and who want to positively impact the Lab's scientific mission. You too can be part of the science, and the OCFO by applying to any of our exceptional opportunities!

Current open positions include:
Sr. Resource Analyst - # 77314 and #76841
Principal Resource Analyst - # 76523
Lead Resource Analyst (Supervisor) - # 76988
(click on the position number to see the full description)

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Exciting Things Happening at NERSC!

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is the primary scientific computing facility for the Office of Science in the U.S. Department of Energy. As one of the largest facilities in the world devoted to providing computational resources and expertise for basic scientific research, NERSC is a world leader in accelerating scientific discovery through computation. NERSC is a division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, located in Berkeley, California.  NERSC itself is located at the UC Oakland Scientific Facility in Oakland, California.


Edison, the Cray XC30 was dedicated in a ceremony held at Berkeley Lab

NERSC recently accepted “Edison,” a new flagship supercomputer designed for scientific productivity.  Named in honor of American inventor Thomas Alva Edison, the Cray XC30 was dedicated in a ceremony held at Berkeley Lab on February 5, and scientists are already reporting results.   Before any supercomputer is accepted at NERSC, scientists are invited to put the system through its paces during an “early science” phase. While the main aim of this period is to test the new system, many scientists are able to use the time to significantly advance their work.(»See full story: “Early Edison Users Deliver Results.”)


NERSC is hiring!  Currently we are accepting applications for a number of critical roles at the supercomputer facility:


We are continuously analyzing, and responding to, the needs of new and emerging areas of the computational sciences. One such emerging area is data intensive computing. This postdoctoral fellowship is focused on helping to define NERSC’s response to this challenge; specifically concentrating on designing and configuring computer architectures to meet these needs.


As the primary point of contact between the center and its users, you will provide technical support, training, advocate for users, and help NERSC develop and deploy new computational and data technologies. Specifically, you will be responsible for replying to, and tracking problems reported by users, helping users with code optimization and debugging, supporting strategic projects, creating and maintaining web documentation, training, and third-party application and library support. In this highly visible, critical position, you are expected to play an important role in transitioning HPC users to next-generation many-core supercomputers and assisting users who have extreme I/O and data requirements.


You will provide a variety of engineering support services in an HPC computational environment. Work includes applications programming development and maintenance of tools needed to ensure the health of large systems, systems administration, business systems analysis that fulfill the requirements of a monitoring system, creating and implementing systems monitoring processes, advanced technical problem resolution in order to support and ensure the accessibility, reliability, security and connectivity of the large-scale computational systems in a 24 x 7 production environment.


We architect, configure, and manage critical system functionality such as parallel file-systems and batch schedulers and work on continuously improving the performance of systems that are used around the clock by thousands of users from all over the world.  If you thrive in a challenging environment driven by problems of scale and complexity, have a passion for always learning new technologies, and have a strong user-oriented outlook, we want you at NERSC.  You should have very strong technical as well as soft skills to work with a team of people who solve problems which include finding creative solutions to the configuration, tuning and management of very large distributed and tightly coupled systems.

Data and Analytics Services Group Lead-77900
We need an energetic and motivated Group Leader to provide leadership, vision, and management for the newly created Data & Analytics Services (DAS) group.  The DAS group is responsible for providing data and analytics services and support, for existing and potential users of NERSC resources, to address the challenges arising from the increasing size and complexity of data from simulations and experiments.  Additionally, the DAS Group Lead will play a key role in developing and implementing NERSC’s Data strategic initiative: to increase the productivity, usability and impact of data intensive science by providing comprehensive data systems and services to store, analyze, manage and share data.

To see all our NERSC opportunities, click here.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Berkeley to Host Aspiring Young Women Physicists



This weekend Berkeley will host the West Coast Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, a three-day event designed to encourage attendees to pursue careers in a field where women are still a minority. Talks, panel discussions, lab tours and a career fair will be held at UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the three co-hosts. The conference, which will draw nearly 170 women from the western U.S. who major in physics and related fields, is one of eight concurrent regional conferences sponsored by the American Physical Society that attract about 1,000 women nationwide. Speakers include 2011 Nobel Laureate Saul Perlmutter and physicist Frances Hellman. The video features Gabriel Orebi Gann, a UC Berkeley physics professor and Lab scientist in the Nuclear Sciences Division. 

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