Michigan State University, Statistics & Probability

Position ID: MSUSTT-RESASSOC1 [#15926]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: East Lansing, Michigan 48824, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Research encompasses uncertainty quantification, Bayesian inference, machine learning, and scientific computing
Application Deadline: (posted 2020/05/06, listed until 2021/05/04)
Position Description:    

The Department of Statistics and Probability (STT) at Michigan State University (MSU) invites applications for one postdoctoral research associate with an anticipated start date of August 16, 2020. Later start dates in Academic year 2020-2021 are also possible. Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in statistics, probability, mathematics, physics 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 physics, and/or closely related fields, and a proven record of self-motivated research. Experience and interest in scientific computing are required. Good written and oral communication skills are required.

The broad areas of research encompass uncertainty quantification, Bayesian inference, machine learning, and scientific computing.

Successful candidate will work with a specific collaborative research team within STT and MSU's nuclear physics Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), on research projects of interest to the team members Profs. Tapabrata Maiti (STT), Witold Nazarewicz (FRIB), and Frederi Viens (STT). An office in FRIB will be provided, and one in STT, to facilitate collaboration. Other team members include Filomena Nunes (FRIB) and Scott Pratt (FRIB). Successful candidate will also be given opportunities, and will be expected, to pursue their own research agendas. Collaborations by successful candidates across other MSU research teams will also be possible and encouraged. The expected duration of this postdoctoral position is 4 years subject to satisfactory progress.

Specific anticipated research topics are as follows:

• Bayesian model mixing and uncertainty quantification for nuclear physics applications.

• Bayesian computation, calibration and reduction of theoretical models of atomic nuclei.

• Statistical machine learning.

All applicants must submit the application materials listed below through the MSU STT Research Associate job posting on Mathjobs.org to be considered. The application should contain a brief cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in and fit for the position as described above, a curriculum vitae, a statement about their research accomplishments and plans (5 pages maximum), and the names of three writers of letters of reference. Review of applications will begin immediately, and applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis until the position is filled. General inquiries about this research associate position is welcome by contacting STT’s Assistant to the Chair, Ms. Teresa Vollmer, by email at vollmer@msu.edu. Specific questions about research topics should be directed to the team leaders listed above.

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 establishing FRIB as a new scientific user facility for the Office of Nuclear Physics in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. Under construction on campus and operated by MSU, FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications for society, including in medicine, homeland security, and industry.

STT is a unit within the College of Natural Science at MSU, and has a long and proud tradition of excellence for world-class research and training for more than 65 years. STT awards bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in statistics. It is home to an internationally renowned faculty with a wide variety of expertise in fundamental and interdisciplinary research. Graduates of the programs go on to careers in academia, industry, and government.

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.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
www.msu.edu www.frib.msu.edu www.stt.natsci.msu.edu
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Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

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