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Postdoctoral Fellow in Applied Mathematics
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Date Posted August 20, 2022
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Title Postdoctoral Fellow in Applied Mathematics
School Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Department/Area Applied Mathematics
Position Description
We currently (as of August 2022) have two openings for post-doctoral fellows to work on specific projects:
1. Fossil and fracture reconstruction from fragments. The ideal candidate should have experience with using ideas from (discrete) differential geometry, statistics and computational mechanics. The project will involve close links with experimental observations and field studies.
2. Quantify resource consumption and waste production in the collective dynamics of a ~450 person residential community. The project will involve the design and deployment of sensors (using tinyML, with embedded approaches to ensure differential privacy), statistical analysis of physical, chemical and biological data, mathematical modeling of processes that span prediction and optimal control, and communication of results with the community, with the aim of guiding policy for climate change adaptation. The ideal candidate should have experience with sensor design and deployment, data analysis, mathematical modeling and strong collaborative skills.
Additionally, we are looking for excellent candidates in the general areas of macroscopic physics, quantitative biology and applied mathematics, with specific foci that include (i) the physics of morphogenesis, (ii) collective behavior of organisms across scales and (iii) soft matter physics. Experience with theoretical and experimental methods for the analysis of problems in these fields, including data analysis, geometric signal processing and computational science, along with a deep commitment to working with, and alongside, experimentalists is a must. 
Basic Qualifications
Doctorate in physical or biological sciences, broadly interpreted, by the time the appointment begins.
Additional Qualifications
Interest in and experience mentoring undergraduates would be a plus.
Special Instructions
Please submit your CV, cover letter, research statement and names and emails of at least 3 references. SEAS is dedicated to building a diverse and welcoming community and strongly encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups.
Contact Information
Nora McDonald
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Equal Opportunity Employer
Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, protected veteran status, disability, genetic information, military service, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or other protected status.
Minimum Number of References Required 3
Maximum Number of References Allowed

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