Michigan State University, Statistics & Probability

Position ID: MSUSTT-RESASSOC [#13913]
Position Title: Research Associate: four positions
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: East Lansing, Michigan 48824, United States [map]
Application Deadline: none (posted 2019/05/13)
Position Description:    

The Department of Statistics and Probability (STT) at Michigan State University (MSU) anticipates at least four postdoctoral research associate positions with an anticipated start date of August 16, 2019. Later start dates in Academic year 2019-2020 are also possible, such as Jan 1, 2020. Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in statistics, probability, mathematics, or a related field, by the start of the appointment, or show evidence that they will receive their degree within six months of that start date.

Candidates must have demonstrated excellence in research in statistics and/or closely related fields, and a proven record of self-motivated research. A strong interest in theoretical analysis will be appreciated for most positions. Good written and oral communication skills are required. Experience in teaching undergraduate service, major, or graduate courses in statistics and probability will be an asset, for those candidates who wish to negotiate some teaching as part of their job duties.

The broad areas of research encompass probability theory, stochastic analysis, mathematical statistics, statistical inference for complex data, applied Bayesian computation, and the mathematics of insurance and financial risk.

Successful candidates will work with specific research teams within STT, on research projects of interest to the team leaders. They will also be given opportunities, and will be expected, to pursue their own research agendas. Collaborations by successful candidates across these research teams will also be possible and encouraged. Since each position is funded by team leaders, not STT directly, it is expected that a majority of each postdoctoral associate’s research time will be spent on the team’s agenda. The team leaders, and associated research topics, are identified below in this job posting. Interested candidates may contact these leaders directly with questions about these projects. The expected duration of each postdoctoral position is identified below as well.

Research topics: probability and statistical inferential theory for analyzing complex data such as tensor and networks. Specific topics include, but are not restricted to, random matrix theory for network models, high-dimensional probability related to tensor structures, and sampling theory under dependency. a) Duration is 2 years, plus an additional year upon mutual agreement; b) Non-research duties: one to two STT courses per academic year, to be negotiated.

Research topics: Statistical Learning for spatio-temporal processes including statistical and mathematical properties of classification and prediction in multivariate and high dimensional settings. Extension to various data types arising in complex applications such as imaging and autonomous car driving. Novelty detection for multivariate extremes with applications to climate science and network anomalies. a) Duration is 2 years, plus an additional year upon mutual agreement; b) Non-research duties: up to one STT course per academic year, to be negotiated.

Research topics: Primary topic: Bayesian model mixing and uncertainty quantification for nuclear physics applications; Secondary topics: probability theory, stochastic analysis, computational Bayesian analysis applied to various topics including healthcare analytics, hydrology, soil science. This position will be joint with MSU’s world-class Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). An office in FRIB will be provided, and one in STT, to facilitate collaboration. a) Duration is 1 year, plus an additional year upon mutual agreement; b) Non-research duties: up to one STT course in the initial academic year, up to three in the second year, to be negotiated.

Research topics: stochastic analysis on Wiener space, statistical inference for stochastic processes, mathematical statistics, applications to climate data and casualty insurance risk, computational Bayesian analysis applied to various topics including African studies, agricultural economics, agronomy, development economics, healthcare analytics, hydrology, nuclear physics. a) Duration is 1 year, plus an additional year upon mutual agreement; b) Non-research duties: up to one STT course in the initial academic year, up to three in the second year, to be negotiated.

Candidates interested in these positions should submit an application through www.mathjobs.org. The application should contain a brief cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in and fit for at least one of the four positions, a curriculum vitae, a statement about their research accomplishments and plans (5 pages maximum), and the names of three writers of letters of reference, at least one of whom could comment on the applicant’s teaching if needed. Review of applications will begin immediately, and applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis until all positions are filled. General inquiries about these research associate positions are welcome by contacting STT’s Assistant to the Chair, Ms. Teresa Vollmer, by email at vollmer@msu.edu. Michigan State University website: www.msu.edu

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. As the pioneer land-grant university, and a member of the Association of American Universities, MSU is a research-intensive institution with 17 degree-granting colleges. MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Job applicants are considered for employment opportunities and employees are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.


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