Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group (MGGG), MIT/Tufts

Position ID: 1945-POSTDOC [#11481]
Position Title: Postdoc in geometry, computation, and political redistricting
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Geometry, computation, political redistricting
Application Deadline: none (posted 2017/12/06)
Position Description:    

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The Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group (MGGG) seeks applicants for a postdoctoral position (initial appointment of one year, renewable for an additional year) in the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). The position will be supervised by Justin Solomon (MIT) and Moon Duchin (Tufts). Our working group studies the mathematical and computational elements of the redistricting problem, with an emphasis on detecting gerrymandering. The position has no teaching responsibilities, but it will be possible to propose a course to teach. Desirable areas of expertise or exposure:
  • Markov chain Monte Carlo and other algorithmic sampling methods
  • Combinatorics: Graph or network analysis
  • Geometry, such as metric geometry, differential geometry, comparison geometry, geometric group theory, topology
  • Computational geometry
  • Large datasets, especially census and electoral data, including statistical analysis or machine learning
  • Social science, such as urban studies, political economy, geography, demography, policy, law, political science
  • Experience with community and civil rights organizations
  • Technical tools: Python, R, Sage, Matlab
  • Experience with GIS software and shapefiles
To apply, please supply a cover letter specifically addressing your interest in the work of our group and how your background may uniquely prepare you for this position. Applications should also include three letters of recommendation and a research statement. The start date for the position is flexible and can begin as soon as June 1, 2018. Review of applications will begin January 1, 2018. Please address questions to and with the subject line MGGG POSTDOC.

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