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Simons Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Theory of Computing for Science


The Simons Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, the DOE Joint Genome Institute and the Computing Sciences Area at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) sponsors the Simons Postdoctoral Fellowship in the "Theory of Computing for Science."

The fellowship allows recent graduates with a Ph.D. (or equivalent) to acquire further scientific training in an exciting new collaboration between the Simons Institute and Berkeley Lab. The postdoctoral fellows will be part of a research project in partnership with Berkeley Lab's DOE Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI). Fellows will also serve one semester as Fellows in the Simons Institute in Algorithmic Challenges in Genomics program.

The DOE JGI is the global leader in generating genome sequences of plants, fungi, microbes, and metagenomes.  DOE JGI relies heavily on computational processing and data analysis at all levels of the organization, from project management and the production aspects of sequencing through to the assembly, annotation, and biological analysis of gene and genome function, variation, and evolution.

Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab delivers world-class resources in computation and networking for the nation, and co-locates leading Computer Science and Applied Mathematics research and development with these two capabilities. The Computing Sciences Area research and development portfolio is broadly focused on addressing: the challenges of low-power computing, necessary to build the next generation computing systems; realizing the opportunities in the increasing richness and availability of scientific data; and extending the power of computational modeling and simulation to new fields of scientific inquiry

The Simons Fellowship in partnership with Berkeley Lab aims to support recent graduates (within the past three years) with a strong emphasis on collaborating with current Simons Institute programs. The successful applicant will be receive a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

We encourage those who are interested in the foundational work in computer science and its use in other science disciplines to join us in our efforts by applying for a fellowship. Applications are


  • Requires a Ph.D. in computer science or related discipline.
  • Candidates must have received a Ph.D. within the last three years.
  • Experience with the design and analysis of bioinformatics algorithms
  • Experience with database systems and query optimization
  • Experience in with big biological data
  • Strong experience with UNIX utilities and filesystems
  • Fluent in Python/R
  • Strong experience in scripting tools in order to mine data files.