University of Utah, Department of Mathematics

Position ID: UofUtah-PDSEAICE [#21080]
Position Title: Mathematics of Sea Ice Postdoctoral Position (3 Year Term)
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: Salt Lake City, Utah 84112, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: all areas of applied mathematics
Starting Date: 2023/07/01
Application Deadline: 2023/05/15 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2022/10/12)
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University of Utah, Department of Mathematics

Postdoctoral Position in Mathematics of Sea Ice (2022-2023)

Applications are invited for a non-tenure-track appointment at the level of Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Utah to work on partial differential equation models for sea ice and its role in the climate system, with Distinguished Professor Ken Golden and colleagues. This is a 3-year, termed [postdoctoral] position funded by an ONR grant on sea ice and the Department of Mathematics, which involves research and teaching. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Mathematics or a closely related field

This project involves highly interdisciplinary research on complex sea ice processes that are critical to improving climate projections and models of the polar marine environment. Problems of interest span a broad range of scales, and include fluid and electromagnetic transport in the brine and polycrystalline microstructure, melt pond evolution, advection diffusion processes, wave-ice interactions, the sea ice concentration field, and the marginal ice zone. Some mathematical methods we have recently used come from the fields of homogenization for composite materials, inverse problems, statistical physics, percolation theory, spectral analysis, random matrix theory, topological data analysis, machine learning and uncertainty quantification.

We particularly encourage applications from candidates who have experience in modeling complex physical systems, ideally sea ice, with backgrounds in mathematics, physics, theoretical geophysics or engineering. Professor of Mathematics Elena Cherkaev and Professor of Atmospheric Sciences Court Strong are co-investigators on the project. For further information about the position or to indicate your interest, please contact Ken Golden, Applications must be completed through MathJobs at

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Completed applications received before January 1, 2023 will receive full consideration. Review of complete applications will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2023.

Applications must include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests and plans, a teaching statement, and four or more letters of recommendation, at least one of which must address the candidate’s teaching record. Applicants are encouraged to address how they will support the department and institutional mission and vision in their materials.

The Carnegie Foundation has placed the University of Utah in their “highest research activity” category, and the University of Utah is the flagship institution of the Utah System of Higher Education. The University is located in Salt Lake City at the foot of the spectacular Wasatch Mountains. This location offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation, with nine world-class ski resorts within an hour of Salt Lake City, and five national parks only a few hours away. Salt Lake City is the center of the Wasatch Front metropolitan area, with a population of approximately 2.6 million residents. The city has extensive arts and cultural activities, and a major, newly renovated international airport, which serves as a principal Delta Airlines hub with direct flights to most U.S. cities, many cities in Canada and Mexico, as well as Paris, London, and Amsterdam. The area has received international recognition for its new light rail system, foodie culture, downtown renewal, increasing diversity, and welcoming culture. In 2017, U.S News and World report ranked Salt Lake City as the 10th best place to live in the nation.

A diverse scholarly community stimulates innovation and educational excellence. The Department of Mathematics at the University of Utah works to maintain a respectful, inclusive, and supportive environment where everyone can flourish. We are actively working to increase our diversity and to promote belonging and community for all. We value constructive input and welcome feedback from our community.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and educator, and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365. For additional information about the University’s commitment to equal opportunity and access see:


The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

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801 581-8307
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Department of Mathematics
University of Utah
155 South 1400 East, JWB 233
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0090