Skip to main content

Junior/Assistant/Associate Specialist-Nuclear Engineering

Position overview

Position title: Junior Specialist, Assistant Specialist, Associate Specialist
Salary range: The full-time annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: Summer 2022
Position duration: 1 year with the possibility of renewal depending on availability of funding and satisfactory performance

Application Window

Open date: April 5th, 2022

Next review date: Friday, Jul 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jul 1, 2022 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.

Position description

The Complexity Science research team in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley welcomes applications for a Junior/Assistant/Associate Specialist in machine learning and algorithm development. The goal of this work, in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is to develop and apply transferable multi-source machine learning methods to classify nuclear operations—such as reactor operational states, fuel delivery, and reactor refueling—at previously unseen facilities. Transferability, the application of ML models generated at one facility to other contexts or settings, is critical to the application of multi-modal informatics in proliferation detection scenarios. This work involves the implementation and evaluation of transductive transfer learning methods including for example semi-supervised learning under clustering/manifold assumptions and weak supervision using labeling functions derived from domain expertise.

Working within a team of nuclear engineering and computer scientists, the candidate will primarily contribute through software development and data analysis. Job duties include developing algorithms to clean and preprocess data; programming and evaluating machine learning methods for transferability; data visualization and interpretation; preparation of written reports and oral presentations; as well as opportunities for the development of peer-reviewed publications. This position is under the supervision of Dr. Bethany Goldblum.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a bachelor's (or equivalent international degree) program.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent international degree).

Preferred qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Physics, Nuclear Engineering, or other closely related discipline
  • Software development experience and strong programming skills
  • Familiarity with a Linux/Unix environment
  • Experience with machine learning and efficient algorithms
  • Familiarity with discrete mathematics and probability theory
  • Demonstrated creativity and highly developed problem solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and teamwork

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
Apply link:

Help contact:

Campus Information

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The University of California, Berkeley 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:

In searches when letters of reference are required 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 letter.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Positions that are represented by a collective bargaining unit or agent have particular contracts. For more information, please refer to the relevant contract: Lecturer contract, Postdoctoral contract, Research Series contract, and Librarian contract. Questions about represented positions can be directed to the hiring unit.

Job location

Berkeley, California