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PostDoctoral Research Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The post-doctoral researcher will work closely with Dr. Eric Vance in LISA, the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis within the University of Colorado Boulder’s Department of Applied Mathematics. LISA is a statistics and data science collaboration laboratory that A) trains students to become effective interdisciplinary collaborators, B) provides research infrastructure for the campus community to enable and accelerate data-driven research and decision-making, and C) teaches short courses and workshops to improve statistical skills and data literacy widely. The post-doctoral researcher will also have opportunities to engage with the LISA 2020 Program, a global network of statistics and data science collaboration laboratories building capacity to transform evidence into action for development worldwide, as well as several other projects of interest within LISA.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The departmental roots go back to the turn of the last century when it originally was the Department of Engineering Mathematics. The Department teaches thousands of students and has a major research presence in computational and physical/biological mathematics and the statistical sciences. It has 23 tenured or tenure track faculty. In addition there are 10 full time instructors, more than 110 graduate students including approximately 40 teaching assistants, about 179 applied math majors, 109 statistics majors, 105 minors and a thriving Bachelor's-Accelerated Master's program.

The Department strives to be a leading program of applied mathematics. In 2018, the US News & World Report ranked the unit’s graduate program 14th in the nation. The unit also ranked positively in many measures by the National Research Council in its 2010 decadal survey.

Our faculty have won numerous awards including: five being named fellows of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, two being named fellows of the American Mathematical Society, two being named fellows of the American Physical Society, two Guggenheim Fellows, two American Statistical Association Fellows, a Sloan Fellow, a CU-Boulder: Hazel Barnes Prize, a Professor of Distinction, winners of numerous CU-Boulder faculty awards, and two distinguished research lecturers.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

We seek to hire a post-doctoral researcher to engage in collaborative research with domain experts across campus helping them apply statistics and data science to answer their research questions, help develop foundational research in the micro- and macro-theory of collaboration for statistics and data science, mentor graduate and undergraduate students in interdisciplinary collaboration, and teach one statistics/data science course per semester. Successful candidates will sustain a passion for increasing the extraordinary impact of statistics and data science by collaborating on projects that benefit society.

What You Should Know

  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to align with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

  • $70,000.00 - $75,000.00


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • PhD in statistics, data science, quantitative psychology, or a related field (conferred by the time employment starts).
  • Experience collaborating with domain experts from a variety of disciplines.
  • TA or teaching experience.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience consulting/collaborating on at least 10 projects in which the candidate worked with domain experts to apply statistics/data science to answer their research questions or make data-driven business or policy decisions.
  • Experience mentoring others in statistics/data science consulting or collaboration.
  • Experience with spatio-temporal modeling.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume or CV.
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. Statement of research philosophy.

During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references who will be contacted to provide letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, immediately after you apply.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

Review of applications will begin immediately and remain open until filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Eric Vance

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