University of Wisconsin Madison, Department of Mathematics

Position ID: UoWM-RAVV2019 [#13880]
Position Title: Research Associate/Van Vleck Assistant Professor
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: Madison, Wisconsin 53706, United States [map]
Subject Area: Mathematics
Application Deadline: 2019/06/15 11:59PMhelp popup finished (search canceled 2019/04/29, finished 2019/12/22, listed until 2019/06/16)
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University of Wisconsin - Madison Department of Mathematics Postdoctoral positions available:

Mathematics and Data Science for Improved Physical Modeling and Prediction of Arctic Sea Ice, funded by Office of Naval Research (ONR) Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives (MURI) Program. Multiple postdoctoral research positions are available under a new multi-institution project between New York University, California Institute of Technology, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), and Yale University to develop an improved mathematical framework for sea ice prediction. This application is for the UW-Madison positions only.

Successful applicants will work on projects, each one interrelated and collaborative, studying sea-ice processes incorporating a range of approaches as outlined below. Positions will be located at the respective collaborating institutions. Each position is for 12 months, with possible extension depending on performance and subject to availability of funding. Applicants must hold (or expected to hold by the start date of their appointment) a PhD in Mathematics, Earth Sciences, including Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Cryospheric dynamics, or a related field, and must be within six years of receiving their degree. Appointments can start as early as August 19, 2019, and applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled.

The UW-Madison postdoctoral researchers will be supervised by Nan Chen and Sam Stechmann. They will work on multi-scale and stochastic modeling and simulation, for sea ice and coupled atmosphere-ocean-sea ice dynamics; and data assimilation, uncertainty quantification and prediction of sea ice and coupled atmosphere-sea ice models using stochastic tools for developing reduced-order models. Information about Chen's and Stechmann's current research, reprints and preprints is available at their faculty websites,,

In addition to postdoctoral research, the successful candidates will be appointed as Van Vleck Assistant Professors and will be expected to teach at a half-time teaching load (1-2 courses) per academic year. Actual courses to be taught will be determined based on department need at time of hire.

All application materials, including a completed AMS Standard Cover Sheet, cover letter, a curriculum vitae which includes a publication list, and brief descriptions of research and teaching, should be uploaded to this site. Applicants should arrange to have three or more letters of recommendation delivered through At least one letter must discuss the applicant's teaching experiences and capabilities. Other evidence of good teaching will also be helpful.

Applicants wishing to also apply to one of the non-UW-Madison positions listed below should indicate this in their cover letter, and submit separate applications for each position of interest.

Additional MURI postdoctoral research opportunities:

California Institute of Technology (supervised by Andrew Thompson). Process-based modeling to improve understanding of ocean-ice-atmospheric coupling in the marginal ice zone. The postdoc will interact closely with other components of the MURI initiative, especially the analysis of in situ and remote sensing observations and the development of new sea ice rheologies.

Courant Institute, New York University (supervised by Dimitris Giannakis, Georg Stadler, and Andrew Majda). Development of mathematical strategies and computational methods for sea ice superparameterization and uncertainty quantification using machine learning, stochastic modeling, and Bayesian inverse modeling approaches.

University of Washington (supervised by Georgy Manucharyan). Development and analysis of floe-based sea ice model, exploration of sea ice interactions with ocean and atmosphere, development of novel remote sensing products to study sea ice dynamics, machine learning applications to understanding sea ice rheology.

Yale University (supervised by Mary-Louise Timmermans). Analysis of upper ocean, sea ice, and atmospheric measurements to characterize relevant dynamics of the sea-ice system, and interface with theoretical and numerical modeling developments under the MURI.

The Department of Mathematics is committed to increasing the number of women and under ­ represented individuals. The University of Wisconsin - Madison is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. A background check will be required prior to employment. For more information about the Department of Mathematics, please consult

Deadline for Applications: June 15, 2019 Applications will continue to be considered until all available positions are filled.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
Hiring Committee
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of Mathematics, Van Vleck Hall
480 Lincoln Dr.
Madison, WI 53705-1388

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