Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering, Michigan State University

Position ID: MSULBC12-RESASSOC [#11724]
Position Title: (Postdoctoral) Research Associate
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: East Lansing, Michigan 48824, United States [map]
Subject Area: data science
Starting Date: 2018/09/01
Application Deadline: 2018/03/02 finished (2018/02/16, finished 2018/04/04)
Position Description:    

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The Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CMSE), a newly created department at Michigan State University, invites applications from outstanding candidates for fixed term Postdoctoral Researchers

A significant area of research focus within CMSE is on the synergy between algorithms for computational modeling and data science in physical, biological, and engineering applications. The majority of tenure stream faculty within CMSE are jointly held with other departments on campus.

While exceptional candidates from all areas of data science and scientific computing will be considered, Postdoctoral Researchers in CMSE are associated to a particular tenure stream faculty member. The following CMSE faculty members anticipate having openings in their respective labs:

•Dr. Min Chen: Postdoc position open in Computational Seismology Lab. Our group focuses on research in developing and applying computational methods and algorithms to enable fast and high-fidelity multi-scale seismic imaging, with emphasis on full waveform inversion and imaging of seismic structure and earthquake source. Potential projects include but are not limited to assimilating large seismic waveform data sets to obtain improved images of lithospheric structure beneath continents and continental margins, melt distribution in the crust and the mantle, three-dimensional slab geometry in the subduction zones, and large earthquake rupture processes with the complexity of seismic structure considered. Candidates with strong background in seismic imaging and high-performance computing will be given priority. Experience with large data sets, machine learning, and GPU programming are desired. The successful candidate will be working with Dr. Min Chen.

•Dr. Andrew Christlieb: Postdoc position open in the Christlieb Group. We are working on developing a new class of implicit methods that avoids matrix inversion. The method is based on expanding operators with a method we developed based on successive convolution and fast kernel tricks. The base scheme is as fast as an explicit operator, but A-stable. We are working on expanding this methods to a range of Partial Differential Equations. Successful applicants working with Professor Christlieb will have a strong background in numerical analysis and scientific computing.

•Dr. John Luginsland: Postdoc position open under faculty member John Luginsland. We are working at the intersection of kinetic and fluid methods for the simulations of dense kinetic plasmas, where the density of the plasma is such that it is typically treated via fluid methods, but significant kinetic effects are critical to accurate simulation of the important phenomena. We look for expertise in kinetic simulations, particle-in-cell, MHD, two-fluid, and moment closure. Successful applications will have background in both computational and theoretical plasma techniques.

•Dr. Elizabeth Munch: Postdoc position open in the Munch Group. We are working on building theoretical understanding and practical computational implementations of metrics for graph-like signatures arising in the field of Topological Data Analysis. Specifically, the postdoc will be working on the interleaving distance for Reeb graphs and Mapper. The successful applicant working with Dr. Munch will have a strong mathematical and/or theoretical computer science background, as well as comfort with programming and implementation, preferably in python.

•Dr. Rongrong Wang: Postdoc position open under faculty member Rongrong Wang. We will be working on achieving super-resolution in inverse problems. This work is motivated by a class of problems arising from seismic and medical imaging where sharp reconstructions/images are desired from band-limited observations. We utilize applied and computational harmonic analysis with an emphasis on compressed sensing and convex optimization theory. Prior experience in inverse problems would be a plus. The successful candidate will be working with Dr. Rongrong Wang. Preferred starting date no later than Sep 1, 2018.

•Dr. Yang Yang: Postdoc position open in the Inverse Problems and Imaging Group. We are working in the field of inverse problems and imaging interpreted in the broad sense. These include, but not limited to, medical/radar/seismic imaging, image processing, data-driven inverse problems, and so forth. Candidates are expected to have expertise in one or more of the following areas: theoretical and computational partial differential equations, microlocal analysis, stochastic partial differential equations, statistical methods in inverse problems, optimization, numerical simulations. Proficient programming skill is strongly recommended. Successful applications should be well motivated, have strong written and oral communication skills, and be able to conduct research of high quality both independently and collaboratively. The selected candidate will join the Inverse Problems and Imaging group at CMSE and collaborate with Dr. Yang as well as other faculty members and graduate students.

Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in a STEM field with a background in Computing, Modeling and Mathematics. One should state in the subject line of the cover letter their first of faculty member with whom they wish to work. Applications should include a cover letter, CV, research statement, and three letters of recommendation. Positons are open until filled. Once a positon is filled, it will be marked as filled on the sight: All applicants in the pool will be notified when a positon is filed.

Salary will be competitive, and will be supplemented with funding for travel and equipment. The position is for two years, with renewal of the second year based on a performance evaluation and availability of funds. A third year is possible, subject to funding and satisfactory performance evaluations. No teaching is required for this position.

To apply for ANY of the post doc positions, go to and look for posting #481898. Be sure to mark in the subject line of the cover letter which professor you are looking to work with. Applications received by March 2, 2018 will receive full consideration, but the search will continue until the positions are filled. General questions regarding the position may be sent to; specific research questions should be sent to the relevant faculty member listed above. Preferred start date no later than September 1, 2018, earlier if possible.

Michigan State University has been advancing knowledge for more than 160 years. A member of the Association of American Universities, MSU is a research-intensive institution with 17 degree-granting colleges. MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Job applicants are considered for employment opportunities and employees are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. The University actively encourages applications of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

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