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Specialist position on pushing the limits of biomolecular machine learning

Position overview

Position title: Specialist Series
Salary range: See Tables 24B and 24BN for the salary range for this position. Depending on the rank hired into, a reasonable estimate for this position is at least $49,000 per year.
Percent time: 50-100
Anticipated start: 3/1/2023
Position duration: 1 Year

Application Window

Open date: February 16, 2023

Most recent review date: Thursday, Mar 2, 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: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 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 Rube lab in the Applied Mathematics Department of UC Merced is recruiting a Specialist to conduct research. Cellular information processing depends critically on highly specific interactions between proteins and their ligands. However, predicting whether an interaction occurs based on the characteristics of a candidate ligand remains challenging. The Specialist will develop mathematical models of protein-ligand interactions and implement statistical methods that learn such models from experimental data. The Specialist may additionally conduct some biochemical experiments.

Tomas Rube is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics at University of California, Merced. He leads a mathematical biology research group, for more information, go to the website.

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. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is 14 days after their first date of employment.


Basic qualifications

Applicants must have a BA degree in Applied Mathematics or Computer Science, have a BA degree and in Biochemistry, and have practical experience with mathematical as well as experimental research.

Preferred qualifications

Candidates with experience using TensorFlow are strongly preferred. Experience working with biochemical techniques such as gel electrophoresis, DNA purification and PCR are also strongly preferred.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered 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: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

UC Merced is a smoke & tobacco free campus (

Job location

Merced, CA