The Sunwater Institute, The Sunwater Institute

Position ID: 3256-APPLIEDMATH [#22958]
Position Title: Scholar (Applied Mathematician)
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: Rockville, Maryland 20852, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Group Decision Making and Legislative Studies
Application Deadline: 2023/12/01 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2023/09/06)
Position Description:    

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The Sunwater Institute is a research organization focused on improving the foundations of our social systems. The Sunwater Institute’s current programs focus on exploring the foundations of group decision-making, improving the performance of legislatures, strengthening and enlarging property rights, and preserving and advancing constitutional rights and liberties. The Sunwater Institute’s interdisciplinary, long-term orientation and focus on the building blocks of social systems sets it apart as a haven for bold, fresh ideas and free, constructive dialogue. The Sunwater Institute is located in North Bethesda and maintains a presence on Capitol Hill.


The Sunwater Institute is seeking a Scholar to support several core program areas: group decision-making and legislative studies. The Scholar will conduct independent research and collaborate with internal and external scholars to drive forward the following research projects:

Mathematics of Legislation – Help create and drive an entirely new field of research: the mathematics of legislation, pioneered by the Sunwater Institute in collaboration with Yale University. Explore the theoretical and practical impact of legislative bundling, legislative process design, thresholds, vote trading, and asymmetric information, with the ultimate goal of designing better legislative processes and institutions.

Mathematics of Elections – Conduct theoretical and applied research on election design and the role of information asymmetries, candidate number, time constraints, the proportion of individual vs. social learners, and process complexity on outcomes. Build on work conducted by the Sunwater Institute, MIT, and Santa Fe Institute, supported by an NSF grant. Ultimately, help design better elections.

Universal Group Decision-Making Theory – Support and help drive fundamental research on how groups make decisions and become emergent entities. Develop universal concepts and analytical approaches that apply to a range of emergent phenomena from individual cells to complex organisms, from social groups to nation-states, and from simple algorithms to artificial intelligence. Ultimately, help create a platform that identifies optimal system structure for different decision types.


•PhD in Applied Mathematics or related fields •Publications related to the above-mentioned research projects •Strong interest in sociobiology, artificial intelligence, and complex systems •Ability to collaborate with researchers from a variety of disciplines

APPLICATION MATERIALS – Please upload in one PDF to apply

•Writing sample in the form of a peer-reviewed publication or job market paper •Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications •Cover letter explaining the interest in the above-mentioned research projects, availability date, and future career goals •Contact information for two references

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Contact: Dylan Wong, 2403941815
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12358 Parklawn Dr
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