Post-Doc Positions in CMSE

Notice: All CMSE postdoc applicants should apply to position #481898 via MSU’s online job application website:

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The Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CMSE) invites applications from outstanding candidates for fixed term Postdoctoral Researchers in the broad areas of Computational Modeling and Data Science.

The search is ongoing and depends on availability of funds. The following is a list of Faculty and Groups that currenty have funding avaliable for Postdocs:

Inverse Problems and Imaging Group

Postdoc position open in the field of inverse problems and imaging interpreted in the broad sense. These include, but not limited to, medical/radar/seismic imaging, image processing, data-driven inverse problems, and so forth. Candidates are expected to have expertise in one or more of the following areas: theoretical and computational partial differential equations, microlocal analysis, stochastic partial differential equations, statistical methods in inverse problems, optimization, numerical simulations. Proficient programming skill is strongly recommended. Successful applications should be well motivated, have strong written and oral communication skills, and be able to conduct research of high quality both independently and collaboratively. The selected candidate will join the Inverse Problems and Imaging group at CMSE and collaborate with Dr. Yang as well as other faculty members and graduate students.

Christlieb Group

We are working on developing a new class of implicit methods that avoids matrix inversion.  The method is based on expanding operators with a method we developed based on successive convolution and fast kernel tricks.  The base scheme is as fast as an explicit operator, but A-stable. We are working on expanding this methods to a range of Partial Differential Equations. Successful applicants working with Professor Christlieb will have a strong background in numerical analysis and scientific computing.

Munch Group

We are working on building theoretical understanding and practical computational implementations of metrics for graph-like signatures arising in the field of Topological Data Analysis.  Specifically, the postdoc will be working on the interleaving distance for Reeb graphs and Mapper.  The successful applicant working with Dr. Munch will have a strong mathematical and/or theoretical computer science background, as well as comfort with programming and implementation, preferably in python.

Computational Seismology Lab

Research in developing and applying computational methods and algorithms to enable fast and high-fidelity multi-scale seismic imaging, with emphasis on full waveform inversion and imaging of seismic structure and earthquake source. Potential projects include but are not limited to assimilating large seismic waveform data sets to obtain improved images of lithospheric structure beneath continents and continental margins, melt distribution in the crust and the mantle, three-dimensional slab geometry in the subduction zones, and large earthquake rupture processes with the complexity of seismic structure considered. Candidates with strong background in seismic imaging and high-performance computing will be given priority. Experience with large data sets, machine learning, and GPU programming are desired. The successful candidate will be working with Dr. Min Chen. Preferred start date no later than September 1st, 2018, earlier if possible.

Postdoc position open under faculty member Rongrong Wang

The project we will be working on is achieving super-resolution in inverse problems. It consists of a  class of problems arising from seismic and medical imaging where sharp reconstructions/images are desired from band-limited observations. We utilize applied and computational harmonic analysis with an emphasis on compressed sensing and convex optimization theory. Prior experience in inverse problems would be a plus. The successful candidate will be working with Dr. Rongrong Wang.  Preferred starting date no later than Sep 1, 2018.  

Postdoc position open under faculty member John Luginsland

We are working at the intersection of kinetic and fluid methods for the simulations of dense kinetic plasmas, where the density of the plasma is such that it is typically treated via fluid methods, but significant kinetic effects are critical to accurate simulation of the important phenomena.  We look for expertise in kinetic simulations, particle-in-cell, MHD, two-fluid, and moment closure.  Successful applications will have background in both computational and theoretical plasma techniques.