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Assistant Specialist for AI Methods - Roncali lab

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $59,200 - $65,900 annually ($28.36 - $31.57 hourly)

Application Window

Open date: July 7, 2023

Most recent review date: Sunday, Aug 6, 2023 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: Saturday, Jul 6, 2024 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 Department of Biomedical Engineering invites applications from qualified candidates for one or more Assistant Specialist positions in the laboratory of Professor Emilie Roncali.

The candidate will work in close collaboration with the physicist developing with research activities involving new AI-based models to optimize the computation, especially for deep neural networks requiring intensive training. The candidate will be responsible for improving GPU computing for deep learning, applying systematic methods to optimize each parameter.

The position of Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise in the planning and execution of a research project. The Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork and develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and to supply input into the planning of research and educational programs. Normally, Specialists do not have Principal Investigator (PI) status but may obtain permission by exception and/or collaborate with a PI in preparing research proposals for extramural funding.


Evaluation of performance in research activities will be documented by the following:

1) Assist the PI and other collaborators in writing and reviewing manuscripts relevant to the project, especially in the area of optical simulation using AI acceleration.
2) Publications that acknowledge the significant and meaningful contribution to the work, or on which the Specialist is an author.
3) Collaborate with researchers in the lab to help produce data presented at national and international conferences and in manuscripts.
4) Active dissemination of information through interactions and closely working with other biomedical engineers, physicists outside the group, and occasionally the GATE developers.

1) Participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations, and attend various scholarly conferences.
2) Present research results during weekly laboratory meetings.

1) Participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus and other University entities, as appropriate.

As openings occur, appointments are made contingent upon availability of funding. The posting will remain open to accommodate Roncali lab needs.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must have a master's degree, or a bachelor’s degree plus three or more years of related research experience in computer science, electrical and computer engineering, engineering, or related discipline, or be enrolled in a master's degree program.

Applicants who possess a Ph.D. or equivalent are considered overqualified for an Assistant Specialist position.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Must have a bachelor’s degree plus three or more years of related research experience or possess a master's degree by date of hire.

Experience with GPU, Monte Carlo simulation software, GANs.

Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)

Knowledge of nuclear imaging simulation.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Applicants who possess a Ph.D. or equivalent are considered overqualified for an Assistant Specialist position.

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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