Job Description

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Hiring Pay Scale
$82,500 - $117,000 / Year
Hybrid Remote
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Work Schedule:
Days, Variable, Mon. - Fri.

#128663 Cmptl and Data Sci Rsch Spec 3

Extended Review Date: Tue 5/7/2024

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

Job posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.

This is a 40% to 100% Contract positions for 6 months with the possibility of extension or conversion to career status based on the needs of the department.



The Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department embodies the university's tradition of excellence as a world-class leader in computer science and engineering education and research. Ranked in the top 15 nationwide, the department is dedicated to research, education and overall excellence.

CSE has approximately 73+ faculty FTE, 20+ professional researchers, 50+ staff in career/casual titles, 300+ tutors, and 175+ TAs. There are over 1,900 undergraduate students enrolled in 3 majors, with annual enrollments of 25,000+. The department has a graduate education program with over 900 students (~350 PhD students and over 600 Master's students).

The Laboratory of Emerging Intelligence (LEI) is created to design and deploy next-generation AI (Artificial Intelligence) systems/platforms and is hosted by the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department. The CSE department is a world-class leader in computer science and engineering education and research. LEI will be the home for state-of-the-art research and development in next-generation AI systems and platforms.


Under the direction of the faculty director and in collaboration with AI faculty and the Department Chair, the incumbent will advise on and resolve complex research and technology projects/issues, present research and technical briefings to senior management, faculty and students. The incumbent will contribute to the research and technical direction in one or more technical specialties, and they will perform advanced research and technology development to contribute to design of future AI systems. The incumbent may also represent the organization at national and international meetings, conferences and committees.


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or Data Science or related area with computer science experience and experience with designing systems that enable end-user applications or equivalent specialization and/or experience/training. Master's degree or PhD and experience in research and development in the area of AI is preferred.

  • Intermediate knowledge of HPC / data science / CI. Demonstrated skills in Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning systems and software systems.

  • Advanced skills, and demonstrated experience associated with one or more of the following: HPC hardware and software power and performance analysis and research, design, modification, Implementation and deployment of HPC or data science or CI applications and tools.

  • Demonstrated ability to regularly interface with management.

  • Demonstrated effective communication and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information to technical and non-technical personnel at various levels in the organization and to external research and education audiences.

  • Proven skills and experience in independently resolving broad computing / data / CI problems using introductory and / or intermediate principles.

  • Self-motivated and works independently and as part of a team. Able to learn effectively and meet deadlines.

  • Demonstrated ability to contribute research and technical content to grant proposals.

  • Experience with software and platform architecture/development, with relevant domain science knowledge where applicable, to design, develop and deliver the AI applications, platforms and systems.

  • Thorough experience working in a complex computing / data / CI environment encompassing all or some of the following: HPC, data science infrastructure and tools / software, and diverse domain science application base.

  • Experience with research and technology in multiple aspects of creating software platforms and AI programming environments.

  • Proven ability to successfully work on multiple concurrent projects.

  • Proven ability to understand research computing / data / CI needs, mapping use cases to requirements and how systems / software / infrastructure can support those needs and meet the requirements. Demonstrated ability to develop and implement such solutions.

  • Demonstrated broad experience in one or more of the following: optimizing, benchmarking, HPC performance and power modeling, analyzing hardware, software, and applications for HPC / data / CI.

  • Demonstrated experience and ability to collaborate effectively with all levels of staff; technical, students, faculty and administrators

  • Experience with designing systems that enable end-user applications.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $82,500 - $151,500 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $39.51 - $72.56

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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