Postdoctoral Associate

Deming Center Venture Fund

Deming Center Venture Fund

Boulder, CO, USA
Posted on Sunday, February 11, 2024

Job Summary

The Better Planet Laboratory at CU boulder is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate starting as soon as possible. This position is for 2 years. Under leadership of Zia Mehrabi you will join a group of data scientists and creatives that build data products and services to solve problems in development for a better and fairer planet. You will play a key role in the design, testing, and deployment of machine learning and data science solutions, data visualization, analyses and insights generation for communications and partners. If you are passionate about data science and creating a better world, this job is for you.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Better Planet Laboratory is a group of data scientists and creatives working at the University of Colorado Boulder. Our work crosses a number of development areas including food security, climate change, biodiversity, human health, welfare, infrastructure and technology. We focus on delivering impact through partnerships. Past and ongoing partnerships include with CGIAR, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, USDA, Bridges to Prosperity United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights and The World Bank, among others.


What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Working with PI (Zia Mehrabi) to creatively design machine learning pipelines for learning and inference;
  • Delivering data products and services for in-house analysis and external partners;
  • Conducting statistical analyses for reports and communication materials;
  • Maintaining code bases and reproducible workflows;
  • Working with a broader team of subject experts, data scientists, engineers, and experience designers for application design.

What You Should Know

  • Must be eligible to work in the United States. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
  • It is expected this position will work 40 hours a week.

What We Can Offer

The salary associated with this role is $70,000-$85,000.



The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require

  • PhD in data science, statistics, earth sciences, mathematics, or engineering-related fields.
  • A strong background and working knowledge of theory of inferential and predictive statistics.
  • Very high proficiency in applied programming in Python (and/or R) including standard geospatial packages and machine learning tools and frameworks.
  • Experience with manipulation and analysis of multiple kinds of data including surveys and satellite imagery; and working with SQL and no SQL databases a plus.
  • Working knowledge of parallel and high performance computing locally and in the cloud.
  • Experience with Google Earth Engine and/or Microsoft's Planetary Computer a plus.

What You Will Need

  • Passion for developing data products for a better and fairer planet.
  • High level of creativity and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Excellent organization skills, meeting deadlines and project deliverables.
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Special Instructions

To Apply, Please Submit The Following Materials

  • Current resume/CV.
  • Cover letter addressed to Dr. Zia Mehrabi (the PI), briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  • Portfolio URL/Link.
  • Optional: List of contact information for three references who may be contacted. A letter of recommendation will be required for the final candidate, and will be separately requested during the hiring process.
  • Optional: Transcripts/proof of degree. If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources Department using an approved online vendor. However, if your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit an English-translated version as an Optional document.

For consideration, please apply by January 31, 2024.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs .