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Computational and Data Science Research Specialist 4 (6028U) - 5515
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Feb. 4, 2020
Title Computational and Data Science Research Specialist 4 (6028U) - 5515
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Computer/Information Sciences

Computational and Data Science Research Specialist 4 (6028U) - 5515

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

The California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) is one of four Governor Gray Davis Institutes for Science and Innovation established in 2000 to ensure the future of the California economy by promoting research and innovation. QB3 is a cooperative effort between the state of California, private industry, venture capital, and the University of California campuses at Berkeley, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz.

QB3 harnesses the quantitative sciences of physics and engineering to unify our understanding of biological systems at all levels of complexity, from atoms and molecules to cells, tissues, and entire living organisms. QB3 scientists make discoveries that drive the development of technologies, products, and wholly new industries, ensuring that California remains competitive in the 21st century. QB3's goals are to fuel the California bioeconomy; to support research and training in quantitative biosciences; and to translate academic research into products and services that benefit society.

In order to stimulate discovery at the intersection of the physical and biological sciences, QB3 promotes multidisciplinary research at world-class facilities, creates innovative educational programs, and fosters industry partnerships. Scientific exploration is organized around defined research areas that help researchers collaborate and develop new initiatives.

At Berkeley, QB3 provides opportunities for scientists and engineers from diverse fields to join a vital scientific community and collaborate in new ways, leading to significant research advances. Emerging fields, such as computational biology and synthetic biology are nurtured through specific research and educational initiatives designed to help new fields mature and thrive. Education and training efforts at the graduate level prepare students to advance in these fields and to integrate the tools and approaches of multiple disciplines into their own expertise. Programs for undergraduates and students at K-12 levels provide exposure to laboratory science and biotechnology to help encourage exploration of technical fields.

QB3-Berkeley fosters research partnerships by identifying potential opportunities for collaboration and support, developing platform technologies, and assisting partners with intellectual property and technology transfer issues. Collaborators come from academia, industry, venture capital, and government agencies. These partnerships accelerate knowledge and technology transfer, making it possible to stimulate new industries and bring major benefits to the California economy.


The purpose of this position is to develop and maintain computational tools for designing new enzymes and biosynthetic pathways, including Polyketide Synthase (PKS) enzymes. We will aim to make these tools accessible to a wide audience with an easy to use web interface, as well as building it on top of solid experimentally derived computational models, developed using a new Design-Build-Test-Learn system that integrates software, and robotic wet lab techniques. This involves writing software in Python/Django, along with intuitive and interactive front end interfaces in JavaScript or related web languages and frameworks as appropriate. Web application development will be a primary focus. The work will use modern software engineering best practices including version control, unit testing, documentation, and peer code review. This work will occur within an interdisciplinary team of wet lab researchers, robotics experts, mathematicians, and other domain experts, and will require the candidate to develop some familiarity with these areas to facilitate communication.
  • Applies advanced HPC / data / CI research and development concepts to plan, design, develop, modify, debug, deploy and evaluate highly complex HPC (software and / or hardware) or data science or computational science or CI software and technologies or combination thereof.
  • Analyzes existing highly complex software, scientific codes, data science / analytics codes / algorithms, and HPC related hardware or works to formulate logic for new and highly complex systems and devises new algorithms.
  • Performs highly complex analysis and tests / debugs highly complex software and hardware.
  • Applies highly complex programming principles.
  • Specifies, develops, implements and executes highly complex software and hardware research and development plans.
  • Performs or directs highly complex HPC, computational and data modeling, performance and integration testing.
  • Works with research communities to develop, implement, and optimize computational and data analysis / analytics software / tools / algorithms / research codes with broad applicability.
  • Performs in depth benchmarking, profiling and analysis of HPC hardware or scientific codes, or data science / analytics codes /algorithms or tests, optimizes and develops complex CI software.
  • Interprets results of profiling, identify inefficiencies, and develops algorithmic / coding / workflow optimizations to enhance performance and capabilities.
  • Performs in-depth evaluation of usage modes, capabilities, characteristics and performance of multiple highly complex HPC /data science / CI / domain science software and tools and makes expert usage recommendations based on analysis.
  • Publishes and presents, based on research and development work, results about cyber-infrastructure tools, HPC systems, data science techniques and tools, performance and algorithm enhancement in research venues to attract usage from domain science communities, or to promote latest technologies within the community.
  • May represent the organization as part of a team at national and international meetings, conferences and committees.
  • Contributes to HPC / data science / CI research proposals with partners internal and external to the institution, in collaboration with other researchers and PIs.
  • Analyzes disclosures related to highly complex conflict of interest issues.
  • Understands and applies advanced research and development practices, community standards and department policies and procedures.
  • May serve as technical lead for multiple research and development projects of moderate to broad scope and lead a team of researchers and technical staff.
  • Enforces and manages research and development project plans with interested collaborators, stakeholders and users as applicable.

Required Qualifications
  • Expert level knowledge in JavaScript front-end development and UX design.
  • Requires knowledge in Python, R, Fortran, or another language suitable for scientific computing.
  • Requires knowledge of other areas of IT, including DevOps, containerization, and basic system administration.
  • Requires skills associated with programming design, modification and implementation.
  • Requires ability to understand scientific needs and how scientific systems can support those needs.
  • Must be self-motivated, work independently or as part of a team, able to learn quickly, meet deadlines and demonstrate problem solving skills.

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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