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Open Date 10/12/2016
Requisition Number PRN12660B
Job Title Post Doctoral Fellow (E)
Working Title Post Doctoral Fellow (E)
Job Grade A00
FLSA Code Administrative
Standard Hours per Week 40
Work Schedule Summary  
Department 00810 - Scient Comp & Imag Instit-Oper
Type of Recruitment External Posting
Pay Rate Range $50,000 to $65,000 - DoE
Close Date

NOTE: May close at anytime.
Open Until Filled

NOTE: May close at anytime.
Job Summary The Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute at the University of Utah and the Center for Multiscale Modeling of Electronic Materials (MSME) invites applications for one post-doctoral researcher for interdisciplinary work spanning applied mathematics, computer science and material sciences. The successful candidate will perform research in the development, implementation and application of computational and applied mathematic methods to multiscale algorithms developed at both the continuum level and molecular dynamics level, and will work closely with SCI Institute researchers and external collaborators to integrate research into SCI Institute software applications and apply this software to compelling problems in science and engineering. Previous postdocs who have held this position benefited from its interdisciplinary nature: placing individuals with strong applied mathematics and computing skills at the interface of realistic and compelling engineering problems involving electronic storage devices (batteries and fuel cells) and electronic devices and methodologies (such as optimization of plasmonic nanoparticles).

Responsibilities Responsibilities
This position has three main responsibilities:
1) Development of applied mathematics (kirgging and surrogate surface modeling, approximation theory, reduced-order modeling, uncertainty quantification, numerical methods, etc.) techniques for various multiscale systems.
2) Implementation and evaluation of these methodologies within collaborative codes bases.
3) Scientific interaction between the Applied and Computational Mathematics and Uncertainty Quantification Group and other engineering areas within our Multiscale Modeling Center (MSME).

Being self-motivated and having good organizational, communication, and teamwork skills is essential.

About SCI
The Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI, Institute is a world-class research institute at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. We are a highly dynamic and motivated group of over 150 faculty, staff, and students. The overarching goal of the Institute’s research is to create new techniques, tools, and systems to provide science-based solutions to problems affecting various aspects of human life. We believe that developing state-of-the-art computational solutions for such complex systems requires research in a number of areas within scientific computing including visualization, simulation, and modeling. The core strengths of the Institute include scientific visualization, biomedical imaging, problem solving environment (PSE) development, and general computational methods and techniques.

Minimum Qualifications The SCI Institute is seeking a highly talented and committed individual with a demonstrated ability to work well with minimal supervision in a multi-disciplinary research environment. Backgrounds in the engineering sciences, applied mathematics, physics and computational sciences will be considered. Individuals comfortable with applied mathematics, numerical methods, approximation theory, uncertainty quantification (sensitivity analysis, reduced-order modeling, etc.), probability theory, multiscale theory, and statistical mechanics preferred. The candidate selected will contribute to the Institute’s world-class research and software development efforts and have the opportunity to develop their research, publication, and presentation skills under mentorship from established faculty investigators.

Preferences Start Date: As soon as possible, preferably before December 1, 2016.

Type Benefited Staff
Additional Information
The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.
To inquire about this posting, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Special Instructions Summary Please contact Mike Kirby (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for further information, and send all applications to both Prof. Kirby and Ms. Dawn Porter (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), executive administrator for the MSME Center.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you meet the minimum qualifications of the position as specified in the job posting?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Addendum to the University of Utah - Veteran Only - Call 801.581.2169 after submission
  3. Appropriate discharge document (such as a DD-214 – Member Copy 4) – Veteran Only – Call 801.581.2169