University of Kansas, Mathematics

559 19940Position ID: UNIVKS-RAP1 [#19940]
Position Title: Research Assistant Professor
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: Lawrence, Kansas 66045, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: computational math, clinical research
Application Deadline: 2022/12/15 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2022/04/22, listed until 2022/12/31)
Position Description:    

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The University of Kansas has a Research Assistant Professor/Postdoctoral Researcher position open in Computational Imaging and Therapy in the Department of Radiation Oncology at KU Medical Center (KUMC) in Kansas City. This appointment is a non-tenure track, limited term appointment for three years, subject to satisfactory performance. The goal is to help the appointee to grow and transit into an independent principal investigator. Ph.D. or ABD, is expected by the start date of appointment.

The postdoctoral appointee will be mentored jointly by Dr. Hao Gao at KUMC and Dr. Weizhang Huang in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Kansas. Candidates with strong mathematical and computational background who are enthusiastic about solving clinical problems of cancer radiotherapy and interested in career development opportunities in the intersection of medical physics and mathematics are strongly encouraged to apply.

A PhD in computational mathematics, computer science, or a related discipline with expertise in scientific computing is required. Knowledge of medical physics is an advantage, though not a requirement.

Interested candidates should apply by sending the application letter, curriculum vita, a statement for research, and three reference letters to . For full consideration, please apply by July 1, 2022. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. The intended start date is August 1, 2022. An earlier or later start date may be considered. Questions should be directed to Dr. Hao Gao (

The University of Kansas is a major public research and teaching university and is the only Kansas Regents university to hold membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. The University of Kansas offers the highest quality undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The university fosters a multicultural environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.

The Department of Radiation Oncology provides a full range of clinical services at the University of Kansas Health System and five area community facilities with over 3,500 treatment courses annually. UKHS clinics are equipped with a total of nine Varian linear accelerators, one Tomotherapy, Big Bore CT scanners, PET scanners, IntraBeam and Calypso systems. Four new Varian Truebeam treatment units will be installed in UKHS sites in the next two years. In addition, an IBA Proteus One with pencil beam scanning and CBCT capabilities is currently being installed and will go clinical in early 2022.

The Department of Mathematics has an internationally recognized faculty and a strong graduate program leading to both the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. A broad range of programs is possible including algebra, analysis, combinatorics, control theory, dynamical systems, geometry, numerical analysis, probability, statistics, stochastic analysis/control, partial differential equations, set theory, and topology. The graduate programs have been a central part of the department’s research and teaching. Historic Snow Hall, which houses the department, contains state-of- the-art classrooms, lecture spaces, computer labs, and other facilities.

Job Description

90% Research:

Develop and maintain an active research program that is advanced substantially beyond the level of the Ph.D. thesis. It should provide solid evidence that the faculty member is a dedicated scholar whose research will continue to develop in depth and importance throughout his or her career.

10% Service:

Participate in appropriate professional activities, such as serving on panels, co-organizing workshops/conferences, and refereeing or reviewing manuscripts for respected journals.

Collegiality: All employees are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the faculty code of rights, responsibilities, and conduct (

Required qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in resume, and (3) information provided from professional references.

• PhD in computational mathematics, computer science, or a related discipline with expertise in scientific computing (e.g., optimization, numerical PDE, applied inverse problem, and deep learning) • Fluent in programing with a computer language • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in research as evidenced by graduate coursework, dissertation research, publications, and/or externally funded research grants.

Desired qualification

• Knowledge and research experience in medical physics (e.g., image reconstruction, treatment planning, linear Boltzmann transport equation)

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access,, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

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Department of Mathematics
University of Kansas
1460 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045