Simons Foundation/Flatiron Institute, Center for Computational Mathematics (CCM)

Position ID: 2552-RSDS [#16475]
Position Title: Research Scientist / Data Scientist, Open Rank, CCM
Position Type: Other
Position Location: New York, New York 10010, United States [map]
Application Deadline: 2020/12/31 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2020/10/13, finished 2021/07/03)
Position Description:    

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The Flatiron Institute's Center for Computational Mathematics (CCM) seeks scientists at all levels of seniority in disciplines including:
  • machine learning and its mathematical foundations
  • numerical analysis
  • computational statistics and probabilistic programming
  • statistical methodology, modeling, and inference
  • software development and high performance computing
  • signal and image processing, inverse problems
  • application areas including biology, medicine, chemistry, and physics

Research and Data Scientists are expected to lead active research programs at the forefront of their fields, to interact with other researchers in CCM, across the Flatiron Institute and the wider scientific community, as well as supervise/mentor postdoctoral fellows and undergraduate and/or graduate students. They are encouraged to participate in and shape the vibrant activities of the Institute such as workshops and seminars. They receive a research budget, participate in the selection and review of research staff, software engineers, and postdoctoral fellows within CCM, and have access to the Flatiron Institute’s powerful scientific computing resources. Depending on levels of experience, positions may be at-will or a fixed term appointment. The anticipated start date is July to October, 2021, but is flexible.

CCM is a leading center for the study of applied mathematics, machine learning, statistics, signal processing and related fields. Tremendous opportunities exist at the intersection of mathematics, computer science, statistics, and their scientific applications, with the lines between theory, algorithm development and software implementation often blurred. A major goal of CCM is to develop the next generation of simulation and analysis methods and to make them available to the scientific community. The Center also hosts an array of meetings, workshops and conferences, serving as a focal point for the field internationally. The Center is expected to double in size to about 60 members, including short- and long-term visitors. The Flatiron Institute, located in the heart of New York City, also hosts the Center for Computational Astrophysics, Center for Computational Biology, Center for Computational Quantum Physics, Scientific Computing Core, and the new Center for Computational Neuroscience.


  • A doctoral degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. computer science, statistics, mathematics, or science application area)
  • For senior research/data scientists: 10-15 years of academic or industry experience     
  • For research/data scientists: 3 years of academic or industry experience

Required Skills
  • Demonstrated abilities in mathematical analysis, software and algorithm development, modeling, and/or scientific simulation     
  • Ability to work independently and to collaborate on multidisciplinary research in a collegial environment
  • Effective leadership, management and communication skills

Required Application Materials
  • Curriculum vitae with publication list and, if relevant, links to software           
  • Research statement outlining past accomplishments, current interests and future goals
  • Three (3) names and emails of people who can be consulted for confidential references


We will begin reviewing applications on January 1, 2021.


Many of the greatest ideas and discoveries come from a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds and experiences, and we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment. The Simons Foundation actively seeks a diverse applicant pool and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply. We provide equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status, or any other protected category under federal, state and local law.

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