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Postdoctoral Scholar - Electrical Engineering, Computer Science - Engineering Research Centers

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Foundations Of Resilient CybEr-physical Systems (FORCES) focuses on the resilient design of large-scale networked Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) that directly interface with humans. The project is developing resilient control tools to withstand a wide-range of attacks and faults; learning and control algorithms which integrate human actions with spatio-temporal and hybrid dynamics of networked CPS systems; and model-based design to assure semantically consistent representations across all branches of the project. Operations of networked CPS systems naturally depend on the systemic social institutions and the individual deployment choices of the humans who use and operate them. The presence of incomplete and asymmetric information among these actors leads to a gap between the individually and socially optimal equilibrium resiliency levels. The project is developing economic incentive schemes to reduce this gap. The core contributions of the FORCES team, which includes experts in control systems, game theory, and mechanism design, are the foundations for the co-design of resilient control and economic incentive schemes and technological tools for implementing them.

We seek a candidate that can start this position as early as February 2015 but the appointment start date is flexible. The initial appointment is 100% time for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year, dependent upon job performance and funding. Starting salaries are typically in the range of $50,000 to $65,000 per year and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of California, Berkeley has an excellent benefits package and a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family. Our comprehensive benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, accidental death and dismemberment, short term disability, voluntary long term supplemental disability and life insurance.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Working with UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students, as well as with collaborators at other institutions (including industry partners), to develop research topics in cyber- physical systems (smart grid, ground transportation, air traffic, …) with a focus on resilient control, economic incentives, machine learning, analytics, and big data;
• Researching and writing papers of publication quality, under the direction of faculty and staff;
• Collaborating with an interdisciplinary research team on complex issues at the intersection of computer science, electrical engineering, economics, and policy;
• Assisting Center staff in organizing and running workshops and/or conferences (e.g., during CPSWeek);
• Speaking at conferences, workshops, and meetings with funding organizations about research initiatives;
• Assisting with other necessary aspects of conference, workshop, and report production.

Basic Qualifications:
• Completion of all degree requirements except the dissertation at the time of application

Additional Qualifications:
• Ph.D. or equivalent in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science on or prior to start date
• Excellent research, analytical, and writing skills;
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
• Organizational skills;
• Self-starter able to prioritize and function both independently and collaboratively;
• Willingness to travel nationally and internationally.

The initial review date is January 2nd , 2015. To receive full consideration, please submit all materials prior to this date; however, this position will remain open until filled.

Please direct all questions to Aimee Tabor, TRUST Program Manager ( with the subject line: FORCES Postdoctoral Scholar

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.

We are interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their research.

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, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Your interest in Cyber Physical Systems and how your background/skills/experience relate to this position

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

  • Academic Transcripts

Reference requirements
  • 3 references required (contact information only)