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Postdoctoral Research Associate I (Multiple Positions)

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Applications should include a cover letter, full CV, research statement, and names of three references.

Position Details

Position Information

Title Postdoctoral Research Associate I (Multiple Positions)
Department Mathematics (0430)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The Department of Mathematics at the University of Arizona welcomes applications for Postdoctoral Research Associate I. This is a three-year postdoctoral position (non-tenure eligible) with an appointment beginning in Fall 2017.

This position is specific to the NSF TRIPODS project at the University of Arizona which is seeking postdoctoral researchers with interest in the theoretical foundations of data science, including graph theory, computational geometry, information visualization, and machine learning. The TRIPODS project is funded by the National Science Foundation and focuses on the theoretical foundations and algorithmic principles of data science, and basic research on topics ranging from the theory of large scale networks and optimization, to statistical modeling for natural language processing and Bayesian methods.

The work will be carried out at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, Arizona. The position(s) is available starting September 1, 2017 initially for 1 year, with the possibility of extension for another 2 years dependent upon performance and availability of funds. The successful candidate’s position will be housed in either the Department of Computer Science or Department of Mathematics with supervisor from CS, Math, or Statistics.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be deeply involved in the research mission of TRIPODS, working closely with domain experts and stakeholders from different departments. In particular, the candidate will have the opportunity and expectation to work in transdisciplinary teams with researchers in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics, as well as with domain scientists and industry. We are interested in candidates with an ability to bridge the gaps between scientific endeavors and real-world applications, producing results with high external validity. The teaching commitment is between 3 to 6 units per year, which is the equivalent of two one-semester courses per academic year, as well as maintaining an active research program. Postdocs will have access to a travel allowance throughout his/her appointment to attend professional meetings.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, or other related discipline by the time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications

Applicants should have strong algorithmic background, preferably related to graph theory, computational geometry, information visualization, and machine learning.

FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week TBD
Job Category Postdoctoral Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay $65,000 Annually
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P20417
Number of Vacancies Multiple
Desired Start Date 09/01/2017
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Hao (Helen) Zhang

Open Date 08/09/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 08/21/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant

Applications should include a cover letter, full CV, research statement, and names of three references.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, or other related discipline; OR, will you by the time of appointment?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Research Interests
Optional Documents