University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Position ID: UMassAmherst-PDCANCER [#15434]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: Amherst, Massachusetts 01003-9305, United States [map]
Subject Area: Data-driven modeling of cancer
Application Deadline: 2020/01/03help popup finished (2019/12/16, finished 2020/07/05, listed until 2020/06/16)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

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 UMass Amherst is seeking applicants for an interdisciplinary postdoctoral research associate for a project in data-driven modeling of cancer to obtain personalized cancer treatments. Work includes modeling of cell interactions, gathering data sets, developing and numerically solving diffusion reaction equations, parameter estimation, machine learning, and sensitivity analysis, with an emphasis in building open source technologies that benefit the entire scientific community.

Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

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, Computer Science, Informatics, Engineering, or related discipline is required.

  • A strong background in programming, particularly Python, is required.

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

  • Prior expertise in cancer modeling (especially diffusion reaction formulas) is a plus.

  • Applicants should have a record of independent research and publications along with the ability to participate in interdisciplinary collaborations.

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:

One year non-tenure-track appointment with strong potential for extension for at least another year subject to performance. Ideal start date: February 3, 2020 or sooner (negotiable).

For fullest consideration, apply by January 3, 2020, however, the search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.

Questions about the position should be directed to the Principal Investigator, Dr. Leili Shahriyari, 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 letter of interest, an AMS Standard Cover Sheet, a Curriculum Vitae, a Research Statement, and three letters of recommendation.

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.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Massachusetts
710 N. Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA 01003-9305

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