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Jr. Specialist in Electrical Engineering

Position overview

Position title: Jr. Specialist
Salary range: See Table 24B for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this 6-months position is $51,300 - $54,600 annually.
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: July 1, 2024
Position duration: 6 months

Application Window

Open date: April 25, 2024

Most recent review date: Thursday, May 9, 2024 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: Wednesday, Apr 23, 2025 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

Professor Ayush Pandey in Electrical Engineering is looking for a junior specialist that will develop artificial intelligence (AI) models for applications in physical system modeling, safety evaluation, and system verification, by using Python libraries. The specialist will collaborate with other researchers and students in the area of control theory, artificial intelligence, and mathematical modeling. Duties include literature review of the latest research, analysis of existing methods, working with real-world datasets, evaluating the performance of AI models, and applying mathematical techniques to develop new metrics for AI models.


Basic qualifications

The successful candidate will have a baccalaureate degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or any other adjacent degree in similar areas is required , or equivalent research experience, e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment, software programs, social science research methods, humanities scholarship, or creative activities. The candidate must be proficient in Python, have experience with training and validation of neural network models and experience in linear algebra and statistical methods demonstrated through coursework and/or research projects.

The successful candidate will also have prior research work on related topics as demonstrated through peer reviewed publications or technical reports; have other output of prior research experience (for example: code repositories, poster presentation); and academic performance in related coursework.

Please provide any relevant experience in the cover letter.

Preferred qualifications

Experience with differential equations and related numerical methods. Experience with programming pipelines for training, validation, and inference of machine learning models in Python (for example, using pytorch or tensorflow) is preferred, or any other similar packages.

In addition applicants that are highly self-motivated individuals, who have demonstrated the ability to conduct scientific research successfully and work independently are desirable.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - Please include information about any prior research on related topics, publications, technical reports, poster presentation or academic success in related coursework.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Please provide 3 reference names and contact information

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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 is committed to interdisciplinary excellence in research and teaching as well as to diversity, equity and inclusion. Ranked as one of the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, 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 (

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Please refer to the University of California’s Affirmative Action Policy and the University of California’s Anti-Discrimination Policy.

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Job location

Merced, CA