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University of Colorado PostDoctoral Associate in Boulder, Colorado

PostDoctoral Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Layer Laboratory ( in the BioFrontiers Institute and the Department of Computer Science seeks a Post Doc for a new collaboration funded by Intel to develop large-scale genomic search algorithms for an experimental hardware accelerator. The goal of the project is to develop new algorithms and new data encodings that will use the unique capabilities of the hardware. We will be working closely with engineers at Intel as they develop the microarchitecture and API for the device.

We are a new lab and are looking for a passionate scientist to join the team. The successful candidate will join a dynamic and growing team of scientists, software developers, and clinicians working to integrate computational genomics into health care. Our research develops open-source methods that enable efficient exploration of large and diverse genetic databases.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

At the University of Colorado BioFrontiers Institute, researchers from the life sciences, physical sciences, computer science, and engineering are working together to uncover new knowledge at the frontiers of science and partnering with industry to transform their discoveries into new tools.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Develop new algorithms and data encodings that can exploit the unique capabilities of the hardware.

  • Collaborate with engineers at Intel on the device microarchitecture and API.

  • Develop and deploy back-end software that implements these algorithms for real-world applications.

  • Develop and deploy front-end applications that are broadly useful to the genomics community.

What You Should Know

While we work hard we also value work/life balance, we are very family-friendly, and are committed to growing a diverse and inclusive lab.

What We Can Offer



The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Ph.D. in computer science, mathematics, bioinformatics, or a related field.

  • Proficient in C or C++

  • Experience with large-scale data mining and natural language processing methods.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to work with large datasets in a variety of settings including the use of both web-based and command-line tools in a Linux environment.

  • Ability to collaborate and work interactively on projects with a variety of researchers, software developers, and medical professionals.

  • Ability to articulate and discuss research design and results efficiently with clinical, research, and technical team.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Previous experience in developing algorithms for hardware accelerators.

  • Previous research experience.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • Resume/CV- inclusive of a list of publications

  • Cover Letter

  • List of References (3)

During the application process you will need to enter contact information for 1 reference and we will request a letter of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.

Full consideration will be given to all applications received by July 19, 2020.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Ryan Layer

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The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.