University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mathematics Department

Position ID: UNCCH-PDR1 [#23433]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Applied Mathematics
Application Deadline: 2023/12/15 11:59PMhelp popup
Position Description:    

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A postdoctoral research associate position on developing a new class of ultralight, manufacturable materials is available in the Department of Mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill). The anticipated start date is on or after July 1, 2024. This position will be funded through a new NSF DMREF award, “Iterative Design and Fabrication of Hyperuniform-Inspired Materials for Targeted Mechanical and Transport Properties”, that includes close collaborations with collaborators at NC State, UCLA, and JHU (see;HistoricalAwards=false). The broad goal of the project is to jointly optimize mechanical (stiffness and strength) and transport (thermal, acoustic, and electrical) properties to design a new class of disordered lattice materials. The postdoctoral associate at UNC-Chapel Hill will work on developing numerical methods and analytical approaches to characterize, predict, and optimize transport on a class of open lattice materials that are manufacturable or 3D printable.

Candidates are expected to have a PhD in Mathematics or a related field by the start of the appointment. They will also need to work closely with experimentalists as part of this supportive collaborative team.  Expertise in one or more of the following is desirable: stochastic processes and analysis, spatial-averaging techniques, and network analysis. 

The initial appointment would be for one year, but is expected to be renewable for at least one additional year.  Although this is a research position that would not require teaching, teaching opportunities may be available through the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Mathematics. The research associate is expected both to receive and contribute towards effective workforce development for a diverse group of undergraduates, PhD students, and postdoctoral researchers in the multidisciplinary areas of engineering, materials science, mathematics, and physics.

Applicants must apply online at In addition to the information requested by the UNC website, applicants should post the following at (1) AMS cover sheet, (2) cover letter with a paragraph addressing fit with the project, (3) curriculum vitae, (4) research statement, and (5) 2 or 3 letters of recommendation.

Note that candidates must apply at both the UNC website and MathJobs in order to be considered for the position.  The UNC website will request a list of references.  Letters of recommendation only need to be uploaded to MathJobs.

Applications received by December 15, 2023 are assured complete consideration.  After that, applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis until the position is filled.

Dr. Newhall is committed to creating an inclusive research group that supports the professional development and outreach participation of all members.  The postdoc will additionally benefit from opportunities offered by the department and UNC office of postdoctoral affairs. Applications from groups historically underrepresented in the sciences are highly encouraged.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.


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