# SAMSI post-doctoral positions 2016-17

Up to 6 postdoctoral fellowships are available at the Statistical and Applied

Mathematical Sciences Institute for either of the two SAMSI Research Programs

for 2016-17: Optimization (OPT) and Statistical, Mathematical and

Computational Methods in Astronomy (ASTRO). Appointments, for up to 2 years,

will begin in August 2016, and will offer competitive salaries, travel

stipend and health insurance.

Program on Optimization (OPT)

Optimization is an exceptional field where collaboration between Mathematics

and Statistics can produce truly groundbreaking advances. It is the mission

of this year-long SAMSI Research Program to capitalize on and advance this

synergy. The Program aims to guide the interaction between Mathematics and

Statistics, so as to produce benefits for each area individually, but also

combined:

* Optimization for large-scale statistical analysis(e.g. computation of

high-dimensional covariance functions)

* Statistical approaches for numerical solution of large-scale optimization

problems (e.g. Bayesian inference for parameter

estimation, inverse problems, UQ)

* Applications of optimization

Program on Statistics, Mathematics and Computational Methods in Astronomy

(ASTRO)

A vast range of statistical problems arise 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. Researchers often confront

problems for which the common approaches in astronomy either inadequately

utilize known methods or require the development of new methods. Although,

astronomy was responsible for many important statistical concepts and methods

in the past few centuries, in contrast with the biological and social

sciences, the statistical needs of physical scientists have been neglected

during past decades.

Application to SAMSI

In your cover letter, please indicate your interest in one of the two

programs (OPT or ASTRO).

Criteria for selection of SAMSI Postdoctoral Fellows include demonstrated

research ability in statistical and/or applied mathematical sciences,

computational skills along with good verbal and written communication

abilities, and finally, a strong interest in the SAMSI program areas. The

deadline for full consideration is December 31, 2015, although later

applications will be considered as resources permit.

SAMSI is an AA/equal opportunity employer All qualified applicants are

encouraged to apply, especially women and members of minority groups.

To apply, go to mathjobs.org, SAMSIPD2016 Job #7448

Jamie Nunnelly

Communications Director

National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) and

Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI)

PO Box 14006

19 TW Alexander Drive, RTP, NC 27709

919-685-9319 jnunnelly@niss.org @NISSSAMSI