Assistant Project Scientist in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

University of California Berkeley College of Engineering

United States

Assistant Project Scientist – Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science - University of California, Berkeley

Job #JPF02431
  • College of Engineering - Elec Engr & Computer Sc

Recruitment Period

Open date: February 18th, 2020

Next review date: Tuesday, Mar 3, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020 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.


Assistant Project Scientist – Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science - University of California, Berkeley

Professor Michael I Jordan is seeking an Assistant Project Scientist for his research group on the project “Stochastic Approximation for Online Tensor Decomposition: Sharp Rate Analysis”. Prof. Jordan works on the design and analysis of machine-learning algorithms, and their implementation in software, with applications to a wide range of problems involving data analysis and decision-making in science and technology. For more information about his research, please visit:

Appointment Length:
This is a full time one year position with the possibility of being extended subject to performance and budgetary approval. Anticipated start date is early 2020.

This position will work directly with Professor Michael Jordan's research group, on the project “Stochastic Approximation for Online Tensor Decomposition: Sharp Rate Analysis.” The group consists of students, faculty, researchers performing research in Machine Learning and Statistics. Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to interact with the broad spectrum of researchers in Berkeley's Computer Science Department and the Statistics Department. The position is based in Berkeley, California. In addition, it will be important for this person to be able to communicate this research to the public and potential partners.

The Assistant Project Scientist will assist the Principal Investigator in the following capacities:

  • Development of new algorithms for independent component analysis (ICA).
  • Theoretical analysis of the convergence of tensorial ICA algorithms
  • Research on stochastic scaled-gradient descent algorithms for nonconvex optimization. Optimization of differentiable, nonconvex objective functions.
  • Development of new concentration inequalities using Orlicz norms
  • Exploration of dynamical approaches to game-theoretic equilibria
  • Study of concentration inequalities for expander graphs using Stein's method

Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD or equivalent international degree or enrolled in a PhD (or equivalent international degree) granting program at the time of application.

Additional Qualifications (by start date):

  • PhD or equivalent international degree

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in Computer Science, Mathematics, or Statistics, with an emphasis on Machine Learning, Optimization, and Stochastic Processes.
  • Experience conducting theoretical research in Machine Learning, Optimization, Stochastic Processes, and Statistics.
  • 3 years of experience in a research setting
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Salary and title (Assistant) will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley salary scales. The salary for this position is $79,100-$99,400.

Application Procedure:
To apply go to
Please direct all questions for this position to Professor Michael I Jordan,, with the subject line: Assistant Project Scientist

This position will remain open until filled.

Letters of reference may be solicited from finalists. We will seek your permission before contacting your references. 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.

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

Job location

Berkeley, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
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