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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 580385
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Statistics & Probability 10032798
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific, Non-Union

Position Summary

The Department of Statistics and Probability (STT) at Michigan State University (MSU) anticipates at least four postdoctoral research associate positions with an anticipated start date of August 16, 2019. Later start dates in Academic year 2019-2020 are also possible, such as Jan 1, 2020. Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in statistics, probability, mathematics, or a related field, by the start of the appointment, or show evidence that they will receive their degree within six months of that start date.

Candidates must have demonstrated excellence in research in statistics and/or closely related fields, and a proven record of self-motivated research. A strong interest in theoretical analysis will be appreciated for most positions. Good written and oral communication skills are required. Experience in teaching undergraduate service, major, or graduate courses in statistics and probability will be an asset, for those candidates who wish to negotiate some teaching as part of their job duties.

The broad areas of research encompass probability theory, stochastic analysis, mathematical statistics, statistical inference for complex data, applied Bayesian computation, and the mathematics of insurance and financial risk.

Successful candidates will work with specific research teams within STT, on research projects of interest to the team leaders. They will also be given opportunities, and will be expected, to pursue their own research agendas. Collaborations by successful candidates across these research teams will also be possible and encouraged. Since each position is funded by team leaders, not STT directly, it is expected that a majority of each postdoctoral associate’s research time will be spent on the team’s agenda. The team leaders, and associated research topics, are identified below in this job posting. Interested candidates may contact these leaders directly with questions about these projects. The expected duration of each postdoctoral position is identified below as well.

  1. Research topics:

Primary topic: Bayesian model mixing and uncertainty quantification for nuclear physics applications;

Secondary topics: probability theory, stochastic analysis, computational Bayesian analysis applied to various topics including healthcare analytics, hydrology, soil science.

This position will be joint with MSU’s world-class Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). An office in FRIB will be provided, and one in STT, to facilitate collaboration.

    1. Duration: 1 year, plus an additional year upon mutual agreement.
    2. Non-research duties: up to one STT course in the initial academic year, up to three in the second year, to be negotiated.

Candidates interested in these positions should submit an application through careers.msu.edu and refer to position number 580385.  The application should contain a brief cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in and fit for at least one of the four positions, a curriculum vitae, a statement about their research accomplishments and plans (5 pages maximum), and the names of three writers of letters of reference, at least one of whom could comment on the applicant’s teaching if needed. Review of applications will begin immediately, and applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis until all positions are filled. General inquiries about these research associate positions are welcome by contacting STT’s Assistant to the Chair, Ms. Teresa Vollmer, by email at vollmer@msu.edu. Michigan State University website: www.msu.edu

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. As the pioneer land-grant university, and a member of the Association of American Universities, MSU is a research-intensive institution with 17 degree-granting colleges

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Job applicants are considered for employment opportunities and employees are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -statistics, probability, mathematics, or

Minimum Requirements

Candidates must have demonstrated excellence in research in statistics and/or closely related fields, and a proven record of self-motivated research. A strong interest in theoretical analysis will be appreciated for most positions. Good written and oral communication skills are required. Experience in teaching undergraduate service, major, or graduate courses in statistics and probability will be an asset, for those candidates who wish to negotiate some teaching as part of their job duties.

The broad areas of research encompass probability theory, stochastic analysis, mathematical statistics, statistical inference for complex data, applied Bayesian computation, and the mathematics of insurance and financial risk.

Required Application Materials

The application should contain a brief cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in and fit for at least one of the four positions, a curriculum vitae, a statement about their research accomplishments and plans (5 pages maximum), and the names of three writers of letters of reference, at least one of whom could comment on the applicant’s teaching if needed.

Special Instructions

Candidates interested in these positions should submit an application through careers.msu.edu and refer to position number 580385.  The application should contain a brief cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in and fit for at least one of the four positions, a curriculum vitae, a statement about their research accomplishments and plans (5 pages maximum), and the names of three writers of letters of reference, at least one of whom could comment on the applicant’s teaching if needed. Review of applications will begin immediately, and applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis until all positions are filled. General inquiries about these research associate positions are welcome by contacting STT’s Assistant to the Chair, Ms. Teresa Vollmer, by email at vollmer@msu.edu. Michigan State University website: www.msu.edu

Review of Applications Begins On

06/26/2019

Website

https://stt.natsci.msu.edu/

Department Statement

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Job applicants are considered for employment opportunities and employees are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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