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Assistant/Associate Specialist - Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences - College of Engineering

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 23rd, 2019
Last review date: Monday, Oct 7, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Friday, Oct 25, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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 Yosef Lab in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department at University of California, Berkeley welcomes applications for an Assistant/Associate Specialist. It's a very exciting time to be building machine learning methodology for biological data. The Yosef Lab has been developing Bayesian models and scalable inference implemented in open-source software. We are looking for candidates to help us investigate and build the next-generation statistical and software tools for biological data analysis. The candidate will perform work under the supervision of Professor Nir Yosef.

Appointment length:
This is a full-time, one-year position and the appointment may be renewable on an ongoing annual basis depending on availability of funding and satisfactory performance. Anticipated start date is Fall 2019.

The successful candidate’s main duties and responsibilities will include the following: (i) contribute to research on new statistical estimators for detection of defferentially expressed genes (or spatially differentially expressed); (ii) contribute to the development of a new simulation pipeline for adding rigorous statistical unit tests and ensure stability
and consistency for the codebase; (iii) contribute to workflow research manuscripts to demonstrate the usability of our tools and highlight the aforementioned new features.

Basic Qualifications (at the time of application):
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent international degree

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Master's degree plus three additional years experience or Bachelor's degree plus five additional years experience
  2. Degree in Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Applied mathematics, Statistics or related technical field
  3. Experience in developing or applying predictive analytics, statistical modeling, data mining, or machine learning algorithms, especially deep learning.
  4. Experience with biological data (e.g., RNA-sequencing)
  5. Problem solving and data analysis skills
  6. Demonstrated effective communication skills, both verbal and written
  7. Software design and development skills/experience

The full-time annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Procedure:
To apply go to
Please direct all questions for this position to Professor Nir Yosef,, with the subject line: Assistant/Associate Specialist.

This position will remain open until filled.

3 References required (contact information only): Letters of reference may be solicited for finalists. We will seek your permission before contacting your references.

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Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

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

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)