SAMSI, Statistical and Applied Mathematical Science Institute

440 7448Position ID: SAMSI-SAMSIPD2016 [#7448]
Position Title: SAMSI Postdoctoral Fellow
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: Research Triangle Park, Durham, North Carolina 27709-4006, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Astronomy
Application Deadline: 2015/12/15 finished (posted 2015/08/24, finished 2016/06/19, listed until 2016/04/15)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Postdoctoral fellowships (up to 6) are available at the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute for two SAMSI Research Programs in 2016-17: 1) Optimization; and 2) Statistical, Mathematical and Computational Methods for Astronomy. Appointments will begin in August 2016 and typically last two years. Appointments are made jointly between SAMSI and one of its partner universities, where teaching is a possibility. Competitive salaries, travel stipends, and health insurance will be offered.

The Optimization Program aims to leverage the synergy between mathematics and statistics to produce ground breaking advances in three categories: 1) Optimization for large-scale statistical analysis, 2) Statistical approaches for the numerical solution of large-scale optimization problems, 3) Applications of optimization.

Preliminary research foci include: optimization under uncertainty; convex and semidefinite optimization and extensions; robust and stochastic optimization, sparse regression; E/M and M/M algorithms; mixed integer, linear and nonlinear optimization; PDE-constrained optimization with uncertainties and optimal control. Application areas include: statistical inverse problems; computation of high-dimensional covariance functions; machine learning; image and signal processing, compressed sensing; energy; finance and computational decision analysis.

For additional information on this program, please see:

The Statistical, Mathematical and Computational Methods for Astronomy Program focuses on the vast range of computational, mathematical and statistical problems arising in modern astronomical and space sciences research, particularly due to the flood of data produced by both ground-based and space-based astronomical surveys at many wave-bands. A resurgence of interest in statistical and applied mathematical methods has emerged among astronomers and astrophysicists as they seek insights into the physical phenomena underlying such complex data. Coping with the current and future needs of astronomy missions requires concerted efforts by cross-disciplinary collaborations involving astronomers, computer scientists, mathematicians and statisticians. SAMSI is an ideal place from which to broadcast these issues and to involve the wider statistical and applied mathematical communities. The research areas that will form the main ingredients of the program include: Astronomical Simulations and Big data issues, Exoplanets, Functional Data Analysis, Gravitational Wave Astrophysics and Lightcurve analysis in Time Domain Astronomy.

For additional information on this program, please see:

Criteria for selection for SAMSI Postdoctoral Fellows include demonstrated research ability in statistical and/or applied mathematical sciences, interest and, to a lesser degree, experience in the SAMSI program areas, together with strength in computation and in verbal and written communication. The deadline for full consideration is December 15, 2015, although later applications will be considered as resources permit. Appointments may be made at any time.

In your cover letter, please clearly indicate your program of interest (Optimization or Astronomy).

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
79 T W Alexander Drive
Building 4501, Suite 300
PO Box 110207
Research Triangle Park
NC 27709

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