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Research Assistant in the Division of Engineering (Computer Engineering Advanced Machine Learning)

New York University Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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The eBRAIN laboratory in the Division of Engineering at New York University Abu Dhabi invites applications for a Research Assistant position, to work in the area of research and development (R&D) of advanced machine learning (ML) models like Transformers, Vision Transformers, Large Language Models (LLMs) and other advanced deep learning models for vision-based applications, specifically with a focus on real-world applications from different fields like autonomous systems, robotics, smart homes/cities, and medical image analytics.

The focus of the eBRAIN lab is on building energy-efficient and robust brain-inspired, autonomous, and cognitive systems through cross-layer analysis and design methods, engaging hardware, software, and system level techniques synergistically. Prof. Shafique s lab has many-years of R&D experience in cross-layer design and optimization for building energy-efficient and robust AI/ML and vision systems, including efficient learning and inference of complex AI/ML algorithms, specialized neural processing hardware and design tools, and ML security, and their applications in resource-constrained embedded AI/ML systems like autonomous vehicles, UAVs, Robotics, smart houses/cities, Wearables, and Healthcare. The long-term vision of the eBRAIN lab is on embedding an energy-efficient and secure electronic brain inside modern cyber-physical systems (CPS) and IoT-Edge devices to enable assistive cognitive technologies that care for / serve humanity and the ecosystem in a safe and green way.

The successful applicants will join and drive a large-scale project on investigating novel methods for deploying advanced machine/deep learning models on resource-constrained embedded systems, and their practical demonstration in real-world use cases from medical image analysis, autonomous vehicles, advanced driver assistance, smart city/home, and Internet-of-Things. This project involves developing efficient and robust models for real-world settings, and their prototyping. A key focus will be on IP generation, patenting, high-quality publications in top-tier ML/AI, Robotics, Security and Systems conferences, and efficient prototyping for real-world use-cases. The candidates will work in a multidisciplinary environment consisting of PhD-level scientists, research engineers, graduate research students and undergraduate students, to investigate cutting-edge scientific methods and to develop full-system prototypes. The eBRAIN lab offers an excellent working environment in an international team with many development possibilities. The candidates are expected to work in a highly collaborative environment with other lab members and industry collaborators.

Requirements: Applicants should have a BS in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field. Extensive and sound knowledge of ML, AI, deep neural networks (DNN), LLMs, Multimodal LLMs, tinyML, ML frameworks (like PyTorch and Tensorflow), and Prototyping ML systems is required. The candidate should demonstrate a solid experience in practical ML system development. Additional knowledge on MLOps, robust/secure computing, privacy-preserving ML, and hardware design skills (FPGA and/or ASIC) is highly desirable. Applicants with strong industrial experience and/or with publications at top/A* ML venues (conferences and journals) are highly preferred. The candidates are also expected to have strong organization, problem-solving, analytical, communication and writing skills as well as high motivation to pursue world-class research and development for practical ML/AI systems.

Application Procedure: The terms of employment for these positions include very competitive salary with additional attractive benefits, including generous housing allowance, medical insurance with access to world class facilities, annual home leave allowance, and (if applicable) dependent private school fees. Salaries are tax-free in the UAE (for US tax, the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion can be used). The researchers will have dedicated funds for traveling, computing, publications, etc. and will have access to excellent world-class research facilities.

The preferred starting date is Fall 2024, but earlier dates are also possible based on the excellence of the candidate and the processing steps. Applications will be accepted immediately and candidates will be considered until the position is filled. Review of applications will start as soon as possible, and will continue until the position is filled.

To be considered, all applicants must submit the following documents, all in PDF format.

  1.  A cover letter

  2. Detailed curriculum vitae (CV) with R&D and programming skillset

  3. Full list of professional/industrial experience, demos and/or scientific publications (if any)

  4. University degrees and transcripts (with grades), or a letter from supervisor/university officials regarding tentative completion date.

  5. 1-page executive summaries of BS Theses

  6. 1-page summary of professional experience, future growth plans, R&D accomplishments and interests

  7. 1-page letter of motivation

  8.  At least 2 letters of recommendation with contact information of the referees (can be provided later, if slightly more time is required)

  9. Download links for the PDFs of BS Theses (if available)

 If you have any questions, please email Prof. Muhammad Shafique at

About NYUAD:

NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.

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UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply

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NYU's agreement with the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to create NYU Abu Dhabi is the outcome of a shared understanding of the essential roles and challenges of higher education in the 21st century: a common belief in the value of a liberal arts education, concurrence on the benefits a research university brings to the society that sustains it, a conviction that interaction with new ideas and people who are different is valuable and necessary, and a commitment to educating students who are true citizens of the world. As the first comprehensive liberal arts and science campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university, NYU Abu Dhabi has been built on the following principles:

  • NYU Abu Dhabi is a research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science college. It draws students from around the world, and prepares them for the challenges and opportunities of our interconnected world.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi equips students for leadership in all arenas of human endeavor. It fosters curiosity, creativity, and critical reflection. At NYUAD, students extend themselves and the frontiers of knowledge.
  • The residential life of students is central to the University's academic mission. Learning takes place across the campus, not only in classrooms, but also in residential houses, through participation in clubs and sports, during informal campus gatherings, and being engaged with the wider community.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi stimulates advanced research. The NYUAD Institute is a major research center. Research is integral to the undergraduate experience at NYU Abu Dhabi, and it will also drive the University's graduate programs.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York form the backbone of a fully connected global network university. As one of the two major hubs in the global network, NYUAD creates a unique capacity for faculty and students to access the assets of the entire university system.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi advances the city of Abu Dhabi as a magnetic center of ideas and human talent.


NYU Abu Dhabi consists of a highly selective liberal arts and sciences college and a world center for advanced research and scholarship — integrated with each other and connected through technology to NYU New York.

Together, NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York form the backbone of a unique global network university that equips students for leadership in all arenas of human endeavor by fostering curiosity, creativity, and critical reflection.

NYU Abu Dhabi is a central component of Abu Dhabi's vision of becoming a leading world idea capital. For its first four years, the University is located in the heart of downtown Abu Dhabi. In 2014, it will move to its permanent home on Saadiyat Island, where it will be joined by neighbors including the Guggenheim, the Louvre, the Zayed National Museum, and a world-class performing arts center.

In working for NYU Abu Dhabi, you will help to build the world's first truly global university and research institute. The University's faculty and staff come from around the world, and the first class of students, who arrived in the fall of 2010, is one of the most geographically diverse student bodies on the planet. To date, NYU Abu Dhabi's staff alone is comprised of individuals from more than 30 different countries. For NYU Abu Dhabi, creating a culture of inclusion contributes not only to our success, but also to the richness of the talented staff that we can attract. When you join us as an employee, we look forward to learning more about your culture and seeing things from your unique viewpoint.

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