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Post Doctoral Researcher, Department of Computer Science

Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, NC

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Job Description Summary

The Department of Computer Science at Wake Forest University invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellowship. The candidate will work primarily with Dr. Grey Ballard and Dr. Aditya Deverakonda to design, implement, and analyze high-performance algorithms for sparse matrix and tensor computations. We are particularly interested in scholars who have a strong background in numerical linear algebra, numerical analysis, and/or parallel and high-performance computing. The successful candidate will collaboratively prepare presentations and papers for dissemination of results and help train graduate and undergraduate student research assistants. In addition to conducting research, the fellow will have the opportunity to teach at the undergraduate level if mutually agreeable. This is a one-year contract position with possible extensions.

The fellow will be part of Sparsitute: A Mathematical Institute for Sparse Computations in Science and Engineering. Sparsitute is supported for 5 years by the Department of Energy as a Mathematical Multifaceted Integrated Capability Center (MMICC). Sparsitute is a collaboration between LBNL, ORNL, Purdue University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Indiana University, and Wake Forest University. The postdoctoral fellow will be hosted at Wake Forest but will get a chance to collaborate closely and network with all the PIs and personnel in these 6 institutions.

Job Description

Essential Functions:
  • Develops algorithms and analyzes their time and accuracy
  • Implements the algorithms using e.g. Python, MATLAB, C/C++, CUDA, OpenMP, and/or MPI
  • Gathers experimental data to evaluate and analyze behavior
  • Maintains accurate, organized, and complete records of research
  • Effectively communicates results
  • Writes and publishes papers in top conferences and journals
  • Contributes to training of undergraduate and Master’s level graduate researchers
Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • PhD in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, or a closely related field
  • Strong background in numerical linear algebra, numerical analysis, or parallel and high-performance computing
  • Demonstrated ability to write professional quality manuscripts, in a timely fashion
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and time management skills
  • Ability to work individually or collaboratively as part of a team
  • Ability to provide a research environment that is conducive to learning
Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • Proficiency with parallel software development
  • Experience with matrix and tensor decompositions
  • Experience in teaching computer science courses

Additional Job Description

Please include the following items in order to complete your application: 1) CV, 2) a cover letter that includes a statement of research experience and interests, and 3) 2-3 references that can provide letters of support

Time Type Requirement

Full timeNote to Applicant:This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.


Wake Forest University, formed in 1834, has experienced decades of growth and innovation.  WFU is a distinctive university that combines a liberal arts core with graduate and professional schools and innovative research programs.  The University embraces the teacher-scholar ideal, which prizes the personal interaction between students and faculty.  It is a place where exceptional teaching, fundamental research and discovery, and the engagement of faculty and students in the classroom and the laboratory are paramount.

Wake Forest University is a community that seeks the enlightenment and freedom which come through diligent study and learning. Its higher goal, however, is to give life to the University motto "Pro Humanitate," as members translate a passion for knowledge into compassionate service. The community shares a tradition that embraces freedom and integrity and acknowledges the worth of the individual. The heritage, established by the school's founders and nurtured by succeeding generations, promotes a democratic spirit arising from open-mindedness and discourse. Wake Forest fosters compassion and caring for others. Its collective strength and character are derived from the values and distinctive experiences of each individual; therefore, it affirms the richness of human intellect and culture and its contribution to knowledge, faith, reason, and dialogue. Furthermore, it strives toward a society in which good will, respect, and equality prevail. To that end, Wake Forest University rejects hatred and bigotry in any form and promotes justice, honor, and mutual trust.​

The University is comprised of:  the undergraduate college, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Divinity, School of Law, and School of Medicine (located on the Bowman Gray campus with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center) and today enrolls about 4,846 undergraduates and 2,823 students in graduate programs at its principal location, the Reynolda campus.  Students at Wake Forest University enjoy a great deal of access to and interaction with world-class faculty both in and out of the classroom setting with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.  Wake Forest employs approximately 2,772 full and part-time faculty and staff.

Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant, intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities, and a strong athletics program competing in the fifteen-team Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Since its founding, the university has adopted the motto “pro humanitate,” which is exemplified by a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world. Wake Forest has a strong commitment to holistic, eight-dimensional well-being for students, faculty and staff as evidenced in the Thrive initiative.

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest is located in Winston-Salem, NC, a beautiful, mid-sized city centrally located in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina.  Winston-Salem is a family-friendly city with high quality schools, numerous outdoor recreational activities and events, and is known for its vibrant and thriving arts scene.

Winston-Salem residents enjoy close proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains (1.5 hours) and Atlantic beaches (4 hours), a moderate climate with four distinct seasons, a very reasonable cost of living, and an eclectic variety of restaurants, wine bars, and breweries for dining with friends and family.  Winston-Salem offers many of the amenities of a large city but with the sense of community and quality of life of a smaller town (

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