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Research Technician

Job Description


Posting Information
Posting Information


Department Computer Science - 318400
Career Area Research Professionals
Posting Open Date 09/26/2023
Application Deadline 10/05/2023
Position Type Temporary Staff (SHRA)
Position Title Research Technician
Position Number 20023039, 20023037, 20033547
Vacancy ID S022133
Full-time/Part-time Part-Time Temporary
Hours per week 20
Work Schedule
Monday-Friday 9:00am-1:00pm
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range $24.00 - $25.96/per hour
Proposed Start Date 09/09/2024
Estimated Duration of Appointment 6 months or less

Position Information


Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The Department of Computer Science is a major teaching department at UNC Chapel Hill with over 30 tenured/tenure track faculty, four teaching track faculty, eight research faculty, and 18 adjunct faculty, who serve more than a thousand undergraduate students and hundreds of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Teaching and research activities are currently assisted by nearly 200 graduate students. Twenty-four SHRA positions and eight EHRA-NF positions, including technical and administrative personnel, support the infrastructure of the department. The Department’s driving research ideal is collaboration – as it has been since the founding of the department in 1964. We believe that computer science’s greatest purpose is in working with other scientists to solve problems in their own disciplines. Therefore, we actively seek opportunities to generate new research with our colleagues and with scientists in other departments across campus, including in science, medicine, and the humanities. Numerous computer science faculty members have adjunct or joint appointments in other departments, lead large interdisciplinary research groups, and collaborate with colleagues from multiple universities across the Research Triangle, the United States, and even the world.
Position Summary
The research technician will assist with projects in Colin Raffel’s lab, including projects to enable collaborative development of machine learning models and benchmark different methods for aligning language models to human preferences. Typical tasks will include implementing machine learning algorithms, running experiments, analyzing results, and helping write publications.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.
Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Experience writing Python code, particularly using the libraries numpy, PyTorch, and matplotlib. Knowledge and understanding of machine learning concepts.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Experience working with mixture-of-experts models and methods for learning from human feedback.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
Special Physical/Mental Requirements
Campus Security Authority Responsibilities

Not Applicable.

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Office of Human Resources Contact Information
If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (919) 843-2300 or send an email to employment@unc.edu
Please note: The Office of Human Resources will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.
Equal Opportunity Employer Statement
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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