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  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Complex Systems and Data Science

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    This Postdoctoral Fellowship in Complex Systems and Data Science 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.


    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, 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.

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Things about the University of Vermont and Burlington and Vermont (also awesome):

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The University of Vermont (UVM), established in 1791, is a comprehensive research university with a current enrollment of 12,000+ undergraduate, graduate, and medical students. The scientific and academic environments in CEMS, and throughout UVM, are dynamic, highly collaborative, and multi-disciplinary. UVM has state of the art core facilities, including the Vermont Advanced Computing Center and the Advanced Genome Technologies Core, and offers generous benefits packages, including health, dental, retirement contributions, and tuition remission.

The University is located in beautiful Burlington, Vermont, about 90 miles south of Montreal. Burlington is consistently ranked as one of the best small cities in America for quality of living, and features year-round outdoor recreation and cultural events. Greater Burlington has a population of approximately 150,000 and enjoys a panoramic setting on Lake Champlain, bordered by the Adirondack and Green Mountains.

The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and actively encourages applications from women, veterans, and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. To that end, candidates must provide a diversity impact statement as part of the application detailing how they will further the diversity of CEMS through their teaching, research, and/or service at UVM.