Senior Professional Research Assistant or Research Associate

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, CO

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Academic Affairs, Research Staff & Technicians
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Dr. Terrance Boult and his team at the El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commericalization (EPIIC) at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) are seeking one or more highly motivated advanced post-doctoral researcher(s) with a strong record of accomplishment in machine learning and computer vision, ideally with incremental learning, deep learning, or open-set learning, and/or with biometrics and computational photography. Title and salary are dependent on the candidate's qualifications and experience. 

A Senior Professional Research Assistant is a non-tenure track research position, doing advanced research and development. They are expected to work closely with Dr. Boult and his graduate/undergraduate students on:

  1. deep-learning based Biometrics/Face Recognition, Long-range Imaging, Deplurring;
  2. planning under Uncertainty, ideally with PPDL;
  3. open world learning for object classification and detection; and,
  4. open world learning in visual observation of games.
A Research Associate is a non-tenure track research position, similar to a research professor and, as such, are expected to direct and manage graduate and undergraduate students as well as work on grant proposals and project management, reporting, and financial tracking. They may also teach courses at the undergraduate or graduate level and serve on students’ Ph.D. committees once admitted to the graduate faculty. They will also have normal post-doctoral duties of performing research, development of software, and the writing of papers.

This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Who We Are: 

The El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization (EPIIC) assists creative individuals and organizations in transforming innovative ideas into economic opportunity. EPIIC will serve as a catalyst to create a community that fosters the communication, collaboration, and sharing of resources necessary for a thriving environment of entrepreneurship and successful startup ventures, particularly in the Southern Colorado region.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 9,500 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students.

Colorado Springs (pop. 450K+) is situated at the base of Pikes Peak, offers many recreational and cultural activities and was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top Best Places to Live in the U.S. 

What We Offer: 

Senior Professional Research Assistant Salary Range: Generally starting at $58,000 - $63,500

Research Associate Salary Range: Generally starting at $63,500 - $70,000

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

This position is dependent on the availability of auxiliary revenues funding and external contract funding.

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid vacation and time off, and a tuition benefit. Information on university benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Total compensation goes beyond the value on the paycheck.  Please consider reviewing the Total Compensation page at Total Compensation Calculators | University of Colorado.

Tentative Search Timeline: 

  • The priority date for applications is January 31, 2022.
  • The potential dates for the programming test and virtual interviews with the search committee and supervisor will be the week of February 7, 2022.   
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check. 

UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.

Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date.  If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

Minimum Qualifications:

Senior Professional Research Assistant rank:

  • Three or more years of computer vision, machine learning or biometrics research and development experience required
  • At least an MS in Computer Science (preferred), Electrical Computer Engineering, Math or Physics
Research Associate rank:

  • Ph.D in Computer Science, Electrical Computer Engineering, with an emphasis on Machine Learning, Computer Vision, and/or Biometrics
The finalists will be required to complete a programming test before interviews.

Preferred Qualifications:

Senior Professional Research Assistant rank:

  • Ph.D in Computer Science, Electrical Computer Engineering with an emphasis on Machine Learning, Computer Vision, and/or Biometrics
  • Experience mentoring students in research
  • Excellent communication/writing skills
  • Experience in grant management/reporting
  • Experience in atmospheric modeling or long-range imaging
Research Associate rank:

  • Experience managing students in research
Physical Requirements: 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to move. Employee is occasionally required to have long periods of sitting, moderate bending, moderate energy requirements and fine motor skills. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Colorado Springs
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Jul 30, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing

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