Research Associate (PREP0001705)

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.

The position is for a graduate student level researcher interested and experienced in applied data science to work jointly with mathematicians and experimentalists at NIST to study AI algorithms and uncertainty quantification. A goal of this work is to incorporate uncertainty quantification into AI models to provide useful information regarding the structure of a theory or by using UQ in AI models to discern patterns in physical properties. The position will be highly interdisciplinary requiring regular communication between mathematicians working on modelling these devices and with experimentalists taking measurements and producing data.

The work will entail...

Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Implementing optimized level-set calculations to study AI classification algorithms.
  • Assessing uncertainty in classification of experimental data.
  • Computationally testing mathematical models relating uncertainty quantification.
  • Significant software development (most likely python)
  • Disseminating results through posters/seminars at international meetings and university seminars
  • Ensuring that all results, findings, data, software...etc. have been correctly archived and transmitted through appropriate channels


  • Either completed master’s degree (or close to completion) in data science or related field.
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience conducting data science research
  • Significant course work in mathematics, statistics and/or computer science
  • Familiarity with larger computational and AI/ML software packages
  • Ability to program in a modern computational language (e.g. python)

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PREP is a 5-year cooperative agreement between NIST laboratories and participating PREP Universities to establish a collaborative research relationship between NIST and U.S. institutions of higher education in the following disciplines including (but may not be limited to) biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering, electronics, materials science, mathematics, nanoscale science, neutron science, physical science, physics, and statistics. This collection of information is needed to facilitate administrative functions of the PREP Program.

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