Post-Doctoral Fellows

Up to (6) Postdoctoral Fellow opportunities are available for the three upcoming SAMSI Research Programs in 2019-20:

Year-Long Program

1) Games, Decisions, Risk and Reliability (GDRR)

  • GDRR: This program will include game theory and adversarial risk analysis topics, relate these to decision theory, and also apply decision theory to risk analysis. An exciting aspect of the program will be to address non-standard utility functions that take account of the cost of memory, computation, and human effort to set up the analysis—these considerations are directly relevant to issues that arise in machine learning and data science. GDRR is the only year-long program in 2019-2020.

Semester-Long Programs

2) Deep Learning (DL)

  • DL: DL will be presented in the fall semester of 2019. The program will focus on statistical strategies for improving machine learning. There is vast interest in automated methods for complex data analysis. However, there is a lack of consideration of: (1) interpretability; (2) uncertainty quantification; (3) applications with limited training data; and (4) selection bias. Statistical methods can achieve (1)-(4) through a change in focus.

3) Causal Inference (CI)

  • CI: CI will be presented in the spring semester of 2020. Medical and health applications will be a significant theme, but other applications will be considered. Much of the new work in causal inference entails modern machine learning tools, and this perspective will be important to the program.

** Appointments begin in August 2019 **

Appointments are made jointly between SAMSI and one of its partner universities (Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill). Teaching opportunities may be available. The positions offer extremely competitive salaries, a travel stipend, and health insurance benefits.

Criteria for selection of SAMSI Postdoctoral Fellows include demonstrated research ability in statistics, applied mathematics, and/or computational science, excellent computing skills, and the ability to communicate both orally and in writing. Also, the preferred applicant will have a strong interest in one or more of the research programs scheduled for 2019-2020.

** Deadline for full consideration for this position is December 15, 2018, although later applications will be considered as resources permit. **

For more information and to apply, go to, SAMSIPD2019 Job #12160

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