University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Position ID: UMassAmherst-SIMONSPD [#15433]
Position Title: Simons Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: Amherst, Massachusetts 01003-9305, United States [map]
Subject Area: Wave turbulence
Application Deadline: 2020/01/15 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2019/12/16, finished 2020/07/19, listed until 2020/06/16)
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About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has an open postdoctoral position as part of the Simons Collaboration on Wave Turbulence. This collaboration is a joint effort of several groups of leading researchers in mathematics and physics, in the US and the EU, for a systematic coordinated study of wave turbulence in a large scale project. This is an opportunity for junior researchers to join and be part of this significant research effort. The research includes many areas in pure and applied math and theoretical and experimental physics.  For more information about the Simons Collaboration in Wave Turbulence consult

This Simons Postdoctoral Associate (SPDA) position is a full time three years position that includes a teaching portion. The appointment will be effective July 1, 2020.

Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

  • Engage in mathematical research under the supervision of Principal Investigator, Professor Andrea R. Nahmod on problems related to the research agenda of the collaboration.

  • Contribute to the collaboration effort at UMass Amherst as well as in related biannual meetings, summer schools and workshops of the Simons Collaboration team on Wave Turbulence.

  • Teach two mathematics courses each in years two and three of the appointment.  Teaching will be two of the same course in either Fall or Spring semester of the second and third years.  Perform the organizational and administrative duties associated with teaching these courses.

Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness. 

  • Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.

  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • A Ph.D. in Mathematics or Physics is required.

  • A research background in one or more of the following areas is required: Harmonic and nonlinear Fourier analysis, nonlinear evolution equations (dispersive, kinetic, computational, deterministic or stochastic), fluid dynamics (theoretical or computational aspects), statistical mechanics, or turbulence theory. 

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Candidates must have the ability to travel and present research results.

Work Schedule

A normal work week is forty (40) hours, and, to the extent practicable, consists of five (5) consecutive days, Monday through Friday.  Work schedule may vary and may include overtime and flexible schedule depending on operational and research needs of the project as determined by the PI.

Salary Information

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Additional Information:

Applications must be complete by January 15, 2020 to receive full consideration, however, the search will remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified. The appointment will be effective July 1, 2020.

Questions about the position should be directed to the Principal Investigator, Professor Andrea R. Nahmod, For additional information about the application process contact the Head’s Assistant Liming Liu,

Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply, please submit the following required documents through a cover letter, an AMS Standard Cover Sheet, a Curriculum Vitae, a Research Statement, and three letters of recommendation (at least two addressing the research potential of the candidate and a third one containing also information about the candidate's teaching experience).

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. (

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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Department of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Massachusetts
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Amherst, MA 01003-9305

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