Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Position ID: 1499-PDA [#12028]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate - Institute for Data, Systems, and Society
Position Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, United States
Subject Area: Statistics and Data Science
Application Deadline: (posted 2018/06/06, listed until 2018/08/01)
Position Description:    

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Candidates can find the application process at the MIT Jobs site, Job #16044, and it is also appended below.

MIT’s Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS) seeks 2 candidates for a Postdoctoral Associate position starting in 2018, to contribute to the MicroMasters in Statistics and Data Science. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The ideal candidate must have a track record of excellence in teaching and an interest in online education, and will be an expert in one of the following areas:

1. probability and statistics theory as well as the R programming language
2. probability theory, machine learning and the Python programming language


POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE (PDA), Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS), (2 openings) to work on the launch of the MIT MicroMasters in Statistics and Data Science. Launching in the fall 2018, this new MicroMasters program in Statistics and Data Science will provide both the foundational knowledge essential to understanding the methods and tools used in data science, as well as hands-on training in data analysis and machine learning. This material will be taught at MIT speed and rigor. The coursework will cover: Statistics, Probability, Data Analysis and Machine Learning. PDA will assist at all technical levels in content generation and the management of the course and its diverse learners. The PDA will also have the option to perform independent research in the field of data science.

Specific duties may include:
• Designing and writing course material and exam questions
• Creating digital content to be included in the MicroMasters curriculum
• Recording recitation material with MIT faculty
• Beta testing and randomizing problems
• Scripting auto-graders to accurately correct learners’ work
• Working with faculty to design a project based portion of the cumulative exam
• Responding to questions on discussion forums with learners worldwide
• Performing independent research in related disciplines

This will be a one-year appointment beginning no later than September 1, 2018, with the possibility of renewal for a second year based upon satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

REQUIREMENTS: Ph.D. (expected or obtained) in statistics, computer science, data science, economics, mathematics or a related discipline. Strong background in Probability and Statistics required. Familiarity with R software is preferred. Strong oral and written communication skills, the ability to interact with learners of diverse backgrounds and build a supportive community through online discussions. Expertise in:

1. probability and statistics theory as well as the R programming language
2. probability theory, machine learning and the Python programming language

In addition to applying online (cover letter and CV), please submit the following documents in .pdf format to

• Two additional letters of support; at least one should be external to MIT
• Optional: Teaching Evaluations
• Optional: Short 10-minute teaching video showing a problem related to statistics or machine learning

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