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Research Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

Postdoctoral Position in Numerical PDEsat the University of Colorado, Boulder

The Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Colorado, Boulder in Boulder, CO, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position. 

An ideal candidate will have experience in parallel programming and numerical partial differential equations.  Programming experience in many-core architectures is a plus. Key aspects of the research include developing an HPC high-frequency Helmholtz solver for problems with heterogeneous media as seen in industrial seismic inversion problems.   Ideally, candidates will have an understanding of the numerical difficulties associated with robustly solving high-frequency wave problems and the computational difficulties of developing HPC partial differential equation solvers. Mathematical ingenuity can make up for lack of parallel programming experience but some coding experience is necessary.  The project involves collaboration on an industrial project.

Term of appointment will be two years with a competitive salary and benefits with the possibility of one additional year.  The term of appointment will begin around June 1, 2020.

Who We Are

The departmental roots of the Department of Applied Mathematics 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 22 tenured or tenure track faculty. In addition there are 9 full time instructors, more than 70 graduate students including approximately 40 teaching assistants, about 216 applied math majors, 23 statistics majors, 96 minors and a thriving BS-MS 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: four 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, American Statistical Association Fellow, Sloan Fellow, and CU-Boulder: Hazel Barnes Prize, Professor of Distinction, winners of numerous CU-Boulder faculty awards, and two distinguished research lecturers.

What You Should Know

Term of appointment will be two years with a competitive salary and benefits with the possibility of one additional year.  The term of appointment will begin around June 1, 2020.

What We Can Offer



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

Successful candidates:
  • Will have received a PhD within 18 months preceding the date of appointment in Applied/Computational Mathematics, Computational Science and Engineering or a related field.  
  • Should have a good background and record of accomplishment in one or more of the following areas: 
    • numerical PDEs, high performance computing, inverse problems or seismic inversion, and highly oscillatory waves.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter 
  3. Statement of Research Philosophy 
  4. 1 Reference Letter (Not - Confidential)
Please apply by Sunday, December 1st. 

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: Adrianna Gillman

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