Postdoctoral Researcher (PREP0002197)

This position is part of the National Institute of Standards (NIST) Professional Research Experience (PREP) program. NIST recognizes that its research staff may wish to collaborate with researchers at academic institutions on specific projects of mutual interest, thus requires that such institutions must be the recipient of a PREP award. The PREP program requires staff from a wide range of backgrounds to work on scientific research in many areas. Employees in this position will perform technical work that underpins the scientific research of the collaboration.

Research Title:
AI/ML methods for protein sequence-function prediction

The work will entail...

Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Developing AI, ML, and Active Learning algorithms for protein engineering,
  • Assisting in the analysis of large-scale sequence-function datasets,
  • Presenting results at internal meetings, and occasional meetings with external partners.
  • Ensuring that results, protocols, software, and documentation have been archived or otherwise transmitted to the larger organization.


  • A PhD in Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, or a related field.
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience.
  • Familiarity with AI, ML, and Active Learning as applied to protein engineering.
  • Ability to analyze large protein sequence-function datasets.
  • +-Strong oral and written communication skills.

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