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The MassMutual Center of Excellence for Complex Systems and data Science is a groundbreaking $5 million dollar data science partnership with MassMutual. The MassMutual Center of Excellence for Complex Systems and Data Science will initiate research projects and programs aimed at better understanding human wellness through data analytics, as well as programming to cultivate a strong pipeline of data science talent.

The initial research project that will be conducted by the MassMutual Center of Excellence include study in any of the following areas:

1) Longevity and wellness, including the link between physical and financial health and environmental impacts on wellness.

2) Algorithmic fairness, accountability and transparency, which will encompass alternative underwriting data, methods for controlling bias and data ethics.

3) Measurement methodologies for large scale social systems, covering such topics as macroeconomic events, mortality risk and social cohesion, among others.


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Open Positions



  • MassMutual Center of Excellence Postdoctoral Fellowship in Complex Systems and Data Science

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    The MassMutual Center of Excellence Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Vermont's Complex Systems Center offers early-career scientists a unique experience to tackle open questions related to complex systems and data science that are of utmost importance in science, industry, and society. This postdoctoral fellowship provides a high level of intellectual freedom and the opportunity to work alongside leading academic researchers and industry partners.

    Come to beautiful Burlington, Vermont and work in a highly-collaborative, fun, and dynamic research environment. The Vermont Complex Systems Center is a postdisciplinary team of faculty, researchers, and students working on real-world, data-rich, and meaningful complex systems problems of all kinds.

    This postdoctoral fellowship will be funded by our groundbreaking data science partnership with MassMutual. The MassMutual Center of Excellence for Complex Systems and Data Science will initiate research projects and programs aimed at better understanding human wellness through data analytics, as well as programming to cultivate a strong pipeline of data science talent.

    The initial research project that will be conducted by the MassMutual Center of Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow include study in any of the following areas:

    1) Longevity and wellness, including the link between physical and financial health and environmental impacts on wellness. Current research project centered around sleep.

    2) Algorithmic fairness, accountability and transparency, which will encompass alternative underwriting data, methods for controlling bias and data ethics.

    3) Measurement methodologies for large scale social systems, covering such topics as macroeconomic events, mortality risk and social cohesion, among others.

    4) Complex Systems and Data Science.

    We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis for the Postdoctoral Fellowship until October 25, 2019.

    Benefits:

    This 2 (possibility to extend to 3 years) year long fellowship (with potential to be elevated to a Research Associate for more senior applicants) comes with a competitive salary, discretionary funds, funds to organize workshops and working groups, professional development, and a generous benefits package. Expected start date is negotiable, the preferred start date is Winter/Spring 2020.

    Eligibility Requirements

    -A Ph.D.(or expected Ph.D.) in a relevant field (e.g. Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, Physics, Computational Social Science, Computational Biology, Data Science, etc)
    -Exemplary knowledge of data science and computational tools
    -Ability to work independently and lead a research project from the ground-up
    -Intellectual curiosity and interest in working in a highly-collaborative complex systems science environment

    The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any category legally protected by federal or state law. Applicants are welcome from any region, there are no associated citizenship requirements.

    Application Requirements

    -Curriculum vitae
    -Cover Letter: stating your general research interests and why you feel you would be a good fit for this postdoctoral fellowship, and address your research plan specific to this postdoc and how you would work on health and wellness issues.
    -Three letters of recommendation: letters should come from scholars who are very familiar with your work and who you have collaborated with on an academic research project.

    For additional information please contact juniper.lovato@uvm.edu


  • MassMutual Center of Excellence Graduate Fellowship in Complex Systems and Data Science


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    The MassMutual Center of Excellence in Complex Systems and Data Science Graduate Fellowship at University of Vermont offers annual graduate fellowships to students enrolled in the UVM Complex Systems Center's MS and PhD in Complex Systems and Data Science. These fellowships offer a unique experience for students to tackle real world health and wellness problems that matter most for science, industry, and society.

    Come to beautiful Burlington, Vermont and work in a highly-collaborative, fun, and dynamic research environment. The Vermont Complex Systems Center is a postdisciplinary team of faculty, researchers, and students working at the University of Vermont's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences on real-world, data-rich, and meaningful complex systems problems of all kinds.

    This graduate fellowship will be funded by our groundbreaking data science partnership with MassMutual. The MassMutual Center of Excellence for Complex Systems and Data Science will initiate research projects and programs aimed at better understanding human wellness through data analytics, as well as programming to cultivate a strong pipeline of data science talent. This fellowship provides an opportunity to work alongside leading academic researchers and industry partners.

    The initial research projects that will be conducted at the MassMutual Center of Excellence include study in the following areas:

    Longevity and wellness, including the link between physical and financial health and environmental impacts on wellness.
    Algorithmic fairness, accountability and transparency, which will encompass alternative underwriting data, methods for controlling bias and data ethics.
    Measurement methodologies for large scale social systems, covering such topics as macroeconomic events, mortality risk and social cohesion, among others.

    We will be accepting applications for the 2019 MassMutual Graduate Fellows cohort until February 1, 2019 for Fall 2019 Admission, and October 15, 2019 for Spring Admission.

    Eligibility Requirements

    -For PhD Fellowship: a completed Master's Degree
    -For Master's Fellowship: a completed Bachelor's Degree
    -Knowledge of data science and computational tools
    -Ability to work independently
    -Intellectual curiosity and interest in working in a highly-collaborative complex systems science environment

    The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any category legally protected by federal or state law. Applicants are welcome from any region, there are no associated citizenship requirements.

    For additional information please contact juniper.lovato@uvm.edu



  • MassMutual Center of Excellence Undergraduate Fellowship in Complex Systems and Data Science

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    June - August, 2020
    Burlington, Vermont

    We are very excited to announce the 2020 MassMutual Undergraduate Fellowship Program in Complex Systems and Data Science. We are writing to ask you to help us identify highly-motivated applicants for this unique research experience.

    This undergraduate fellowship will be funded by our groundbreaking data science partnership with MassMutual. The MassMutual Center of Excellence for Complex Systems and Data Science will initiate research projects and programs aimed at better understanding human wellness through data analytics, as well as programming to cultivate a strong pipeline of data science talent.

    This summer research experience is a ten-week residential program where undergraduate fellows will conduct research projects with researchers from the Center's faculty. Fellows will be expected to spend ten-weeks in Burlington, Vermont at the University of Vermont with the Complex Systems Center faculty. Research projects that will be conducted through the MassMutual Center of Excellence include study in the following areas:

    -Longevity and wellness, including the link between physical and financial health and environmental impacts on wellness.

    -Algorithmic fairness, accountability and transparency, which will encompass alternative underwriting data, methods for controlling bias and data ethics.

    -Measurement methodologies for large scale social systems, covering such topics as macroeconomic events, mortality risk and social cohesion, among others.

    Application Deadline: March 25, 2020

    Eligibility: Undergraduates currently enrolled in a degree program leading to a bachelor's degree from any country. Women and minority students are encouraged to apply.

    For additional information or to be notified once applications open please contact juniper.lovato@uvm.edu

    More information about the program can be found here.




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Center of Excellence Core Team

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Chris Danforth
MM CoE PI Lead Researcher

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Peter Sheridan Dodds
MM CoE PI Lead Researcher

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Juniper Lovato
MM CoE Program Director


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Jane Adams
MM CoE Visualization Artist in Residence

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Kelsey Linnell
MM CoE PhD Fellow Longevity and wellness Team

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Ben Kotzen
MM CoE Undergraduate Fellow

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Todd DeLuca
MM CoE PhD Fellow
Algorithmic Fairness Team

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David Dewhurst MM CoE PhD Fellow Computational Finance Team

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Melissa Rubinchuk
MM CoE Coordinator

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Thayer Alshaabi
MM CoE PhD Fellow
Morbidity and Mortality Team

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Kelly Gothard
MM CoE Undergraduate Fellow



Center of Excellence Affiliate Researchers

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James Bagrow
Affiliate Researcher - Faculty

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Laurent Hébert-Dufresne
Affiliate Researcher - Faculty

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John Ring
Affiliate Researcher - PhD Student
Finance Team


Center of Excellence Alumni

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Tyler Gray
Former MM PhD Fellow



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