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Postdoctoral Research Associate I

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Postdoctoral Research Associate I
Department D7: AZ Data Science Initiative (2496)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The University of Arizona Data Science Institute (Data 7) invites applications for a post-doctoral research position in the theory of large scale graph visualization. The Institute’s goal is to facilitate next generation data-driven interdisciplinary research, by fostering collaborations between domain scientists and experts in computer science, mathematics and statistics. This is a full time, non-tenure position, with renewal dependent upon performance and availability of funds. Support for the position is currently available for one year.

The successful candidate will be deeply involved in the research mission of the Data7, working closely with domain experts and stakeholders from different departments. They will also be involved in mentoring students, and collaborating with Data7 technical staff and Data Scientists at UA on joint projects. We are interested in candidates with an ability to bridge the gap between scientific endeavors and real-world applications, producing results with high external validity.

The D7: Arizona Data Science Initiative plays a key role in connecting researchers across the UA campus involved in the computational and informatics realm with domain sciences, with the purpose and intention of aligning institutional expertise, computational resources and infrastructure for achieving outcomes that are not easy to attain as individual investigators or purely disciplinary teams. D7’s mission is to facilitate and foster next generation data-driven interdisciplinary collaborations.

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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

*Study connections geometry, topology and combinatorics in the context of graphs and graph theory
*Develop graph analysis and visualization algorithms, with theoretical and practical guarantees
*Collaborate with Math/CS/Statistics to develop realistic solutions to real problems
*Assist with organizing a university-wide seminar series related to Data Science topics
*Conduct special topic workshops related to large scale graph visualization and other Data Science topics
*Participate in proposal development
*Publish research papers in peer-reviewed and visible publications
*Additional duties may be assigned

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

Candidates should have a PhD in a related field and an established research track record.

Preferred Qualifications

Ideally, we seek a postdoctoral researcher with a background in graph theory, computational geometry and as well as topological analysis and visualization.

FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Postdoctoral Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P20395
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Stephen Kobourov

Open Date 06/28/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 07/10/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant
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 PhD in a related field?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents