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TILOS Postdoctoral Scholar

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar
Salary range: ​A reasonable salary range estimate for this position is $64,480-$77,327. ​
The posted UC academic salary scales ( set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See the following table for the salary scale for this position []​ “Off-scale salaries”, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.

Application Window

Open date: December 12, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Jan 15, 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, Dec 11, 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 Institute for Learning-enabled Optimization at Scale, TILOS, an NSF-funded Artificial Intelligence Institute at University of California, San Diego has multiple openings for Postdoctoral Scholars.

Successful candidates will conduct research on the foundations of AI and optimization, and for use-cases of chip design, robotics, or communication networks. The postdoctoral scholars will be based at UC San Diego, be mentored by one or more researchers and PIs, and may spend up to one quarter per year at partner institutions: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas at Austin, and Yale University. Applicants are encouraged to consult the current research initiatives on the TILOS website:

Positions are normally for two years and may include concurrent teaching in an academic department. Appointments and salary are commensurate with research experience and accomplishments following current UC San Diego guidelines.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD completed or nearing completion (CPhil) by time of application, in one of the following fields: computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mathematics or a field related to optimization, chip design, robotics, or communication networks.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

PhD conferred by time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications

Exceptional, self-motivated candidates with outstanding research records are encouraged to apply.

Candidates with experience in teaching and/or contributing to an academic climate of equity, diversity, and inclusion, are preferred.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Publications: minimum of 2 samples

  • Teaching Statement - Teaching philosophy and/or experience.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required
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Job location

La Jolla, CA