Application for Associate Professional Specialist

The Laboratory of Ching-Yao Lai invites applications for a deep learning researcher with a preferred start date of on or about June 2021. This position would serve as a research engineer for the project of deep learning ice dynamics, in which we will take advantage of the recent advance in physics-informed neural networks to study ice sheet dynamics, where a neural network is trained based on not only on empirical ice-sheet data but also the governing physical laws. This position is available for one year.

This position would be responsible for:

  • Training, optimizing, and testing neural-network models on ice-sheet data
  • Working with other researchers in the group to study different approaches to combine deep learning models with physics-based models to inform predictions
  • Automating the processes involved in data extracting and loading for further analysis
  • Code development and documentation

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters or Ph.D. degree in geosciences, physics, computer science, engineering, applied mathematics, or related discipline or equivalent combination of training, experience, and accomplishments.
  • Experience and knowledge in training, validating, and developing deep learning models
  • Strong coding/algorithm skills and proficiency in Python or C in order to generate/analyze data
  • Knowledge of partial differential equations (Navier-Stokes equations)

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working with real-world data sets is preferred
  • Strong problem-solving skills; a passion for answering hard questions with data.

Applicants should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a publication list, and contact information for three references by applying on the Princeton University Academic Hiring website at

This position is subject to the University's background check policy. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

posted: 05 May 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.