Postdoctoral Fellow, Cyber-physical Systems
Desert Research Institute - Reno, NV

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Salaries are competitive and commensurate with qualifications, with continued appointment (fellowship provides 2 years of salary coverage that is assessed annual with the potential for a maximum of three years) being dependent upon performance and availability of funding. DRI offers a benefits package that includes medical, health, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance, 6.2% retirement contributions with matching by DRI, paid annual and sick leave, 11 paid holidays, tuition reduction at NSHE institutions for employee, spouse and eligible dependents, and relocation allowance. Additionally, there is no state income tax and no social security deduction. (See postdoctoral fellow benefits summary at )

Job Summary / Basic Function:
The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is an environmental sciences research organization within the Nevada System of Higher Education. DRI is seeking an innovation post-doctoral fellow in Cyber-physical Systems to join a small team that will support the newly launched Applied Innovation Center in Advanced Analytics (AIC). The new AIC will partner with business within and outside Nevada to help translate scientific ideas into practical solutions using fee-based business model called contract innovation services. The AIC environment is similar to a technology start-up. AIC will specialize in one of the highest growth areas for technological innovation and economic impact: information technology, data science, and engineering for intelligent systems and operations. The successful candidate will design, implement and investigate advanced automation systems, sensor networks and data streams. The individual hired will also work as a part of a broader team to promote the success of the AIC, interact with DRI researchers, and support external clients with solutions that best fit the need of the projects.

Responsibilities for All Innovation Fellows
  • Work as part of the AIC team that includes business development, project management, developers, and interns
  • As part of the business development team, participate in business development activities and identify important business opportunities with industry and government agencies
  • Work with AIC team to engage in R&D on behalf of clients
  • Establish and grow investigative professional competency in Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Generate intellectual property
  • Consult with other researchers at DRI
  • Author and contribute to grant proposals
  • Develop and present informal training classes
  • Mentor program developers in preparing deliverables for clients
  • Supervise, mentor and direct student interns

  • Required Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, or a quantitative field in Science or Engineering from an accredited institution
  • Demonstrated expertise in Cyber-physical systems
  • Demonstrated expertise in an object-oriented programming language
  • Excellent communicator and enthusiastic team player
  • Excellent customer service and ability to interact professionally with internal and external clients
  • Self-starter who can take direction but does not require it
  • Ability to work independently and to show leadership as exhibited by success in prior project deadlines and goals

  • Preferred Qualifications:
    Greater consideration will be given to those who possess the following skills and attributes:
  • Demonstrated expertise in software design, development and engineering
  • Demonstrated expertise in one or more of embedded systems, robotics, control systems, or microcontrollers
  • Familiarity with signal processing, real-time systems and distributed computing
  • Deep familiarity with one or more of computer architecture, sensors, RFIDs, sensor networks, artificial intelligence, wired and wireless communication protocols

    This position has been identified as security sensitive and employment is contingent upon a successful completion of a background check by the finalist.

    The individual who is offered and accepts this position must provide, within 30 working days of his/her start date, a copy of the transcript(s) of the highest degree he/she has acquired, as awarded by an accredited institute as recognized by the United States Department of Education and/or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

    About DRI and the Positions
    These positions are based at DRI's Northern Nevada Science Center in Reno, Nevada, but the successful candidate will be a part of a large, multidisciplinary and multi-institutional team that includes DRI's two main campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, as well as likely interaction with researchers and students from University of Nevada, Reno ( ), University of Nevada, Las Vegas ( ) and Truckee Meadows Community College ( ).

    As the environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education, DRI conducts cutting-edge applied research in air, land and life, and water quality across Nevada, the United States and on every continent. With more than 500 employees and two main campuses, DRI generates nearly $50 million in total annual revenue.

  • Posting Date:

    Closing Date:
    Open Until Filled

    Special Instructions to Applicants:
    Review of applications will start at the end of November 2013 and continue until semi-finalists are selected. The following materials will be required when you apply on-line at :
    1) A cover letter describing your interest in the position, experience, and summary of potential application areas,
    2) Current curriculum vitae, and
    3) Current contact information for three professional/work related references.
    Submissions failing to meet these requirements will not be considered.

    Further information on DRI and the Applied Innovation Center in Advanced Analytics can be obtained at: and or call the recruitment office at 702-862-5390.

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