Project Scientist in Energy Efficient Computing

University of California Santa Barbara College of Engineering

Project Scientist - Energy Efficient Computing - Institute for Energy Efficiency

Job #JPF01922
  • College of Engineering - Institute of Energy Efficiency

Recruitment Period

Open date: December 21st, 2020

Next review date: Monday, Jan 11, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Feb 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE) is actively seeking a Project Scientist in the full rank to commit effort on Professor Tim Sherwood's energy efficient computing projects. Apply by January 11, 2021 for primary consideration. This listing will close on February 1, 2021. The proposed start date for this position is early February 2021.

Full Project Scientist
Appointment: 15-50% time, 1 year with possible extension subject to availability of funds
Institute for Energy Efficiency

The Computer Architecture Lab at UC Santa Barbara, develops advanced computer systems exploiting novel technologies drawing upon expertise in algorithms, operating systems, compilers, circuits, networks, machine learning, programming languages, device physics, and security. This Project Scientist position is expected to bring many years of industrial expertise in developing and deploying applications at massive scales back into the academic environment and participate in a multitude of ongoing research projects on the general topic of energy efficient computing in the Institute for Energy Efficiency. Under the supervision of Professor Timothy Sherwood, new algorithms, software infrastructure, program instrumentation, and register-transfer level designs will be proposed and evaluated. A broad range of knowledge and competency in the area of energy efficient computer systems development is critical, and while work is supervised, a very high level of autonomy and independence is expected while performing work with the broader research team. Qualified individuals will be ready to make significant, creative, and lasting contributions to ongoing research projects in energy efficient computing.

Minimum Requirements:

Must have Ph.D. in Computer Science or Computer Engineering with a specialization in Computer System Design, Computer Architecture, Compilers, or closely related areas.

Additional Requirements:

Must have expert knowledge of computer systems programming as evidenced by doctoral work on a related topic, publication-level contributions to high-performance software, and 10+ years of industrial experience. Computer systems programming should include hardware-aware systems optimization and mapping complex application behaviors efficiently down to the underlying machine organization.

Must have 5+ years expertise in the design and evaluation of systems optimizing and balancing tradeoffs between performance and energy.

Must have 5+ years experience deploying real infrastructure-level software across data centers spanning multiple continents and used by 1000s of end users simultaneously.

Preferred Experience:

Experience as a contributing author on high-impact publications is highly desired. Specific experience, 4 or more papers, working with large teams and publishing in ISCA, ASPLOS, OSDI, and other highly selective conferences in the academic areas of Computer Architecture, Programming Languages, and Operating Systems.

More than 2 years of experience with software development on non-traditional architectures (e.g. TPUs, GPUs, or other domain specific accelerator architectures) is highly desired.

Experience developing software in teams and employing development practices to ensure timely, documented, and well tested software serving many 1000s of simultaneous users is desired

Experience mentoring more junior engineers in software development practices, system software architecture, and navigating mixed production/research environments desired.

Please apply through UC Recruit Job # JPF01922 at this link by January 11th, 2021 for consideration. Please provide your CV and a minimum of 3 reference contacts. Additional submission of a Cover Letter, Statement of Research and/or List of Publications is optional. If not provided in the initial application, finalists may be asked to provide a list of publications. Questions about this position should be directed to the Department at

The Institute is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter (Optional)
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • List of Publications (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)