Instructor / Postdoc / Graduate student / Intern Openings
Instructor in Applied Mathematics
Every year, the Mathematics Department at MIT invites applications for teaching positions at the non-tenure-track instructor level. These positions are for 2 or 3 years. The salary is competitive. Instructors are qualified to apply for grants to seek additional summer funding. Candidates should apply to the regular instructor position via mathjobs. Additionally, candidates who have an interest in computational mathematics and wish to be considered in the Imaging and Computing group should contact Laurent Demanet via email. The message should contain "Instructor position" in the subject and should indicate any overlap of research interests with those of the group. The deadline is that indicated on mathjobs (around December).
Postdoctoral Researcher in Computational Mathematics
Openings are announced on twitter @laurentdemanet. Current
opportunities (December 2018): two postdoctoral associate positions broadly in applied and computational mathematics, with
focus on (1) machine learning and seismology, and (2) machine
learning and multiphysics simulations. Review of applications has begun. Remember to have your
recommendation letters sent. If you have already applied to a previous opening and still wish to be considered, please
signal your interest again by email.
The Imaging and Computing group in the Department of Mathematics at MIT invites applications for postdoctoral positions in computational mathematics.
The group's research directions include: computational wave propagation, optimization, inverse problems, applied harmonic analysis, sparse and
low-rank recovery, fast algorithms, uncertainty quantification, seismic imaging. The balance of work between theoretical and computational will depend
on the candidate's affinities. The position may be offered for 1, 2, or 3 years. The salary is competitive. There is some amount of flexibility in the
start date.
The application file should contain a CV, a
list of publications, and a research
statement. The research statement should, in
no more than a few pages, summarize the
candidate's past research accomplishments and
vision for possible future research.
The letters should be sent directly
by the referees and should not be seen by the
candidate.
Follow
either of the following two options to apply
for the position:
a) apply via mathjobs.org
for MIT's instructor position, and send an
email to Prof. Laurent Demanet to express your
interest in the postdoctoral position. (March 2018: this is not an option right now,
mathjobs.org does not work for off-cycle positions.);
b) or alternatively, the application package
should be emailed (not mailed) to
Prof. Laurent Demanet. The candidate's message
should contain "Postdoc position" in the
subject. In addition, the candidate is
responsible for at least three recommendation
letters to be sent to the same email
address. The letters should be sent directly
by the referees and should not be seen by the
candidate.
Applications will be considered immediately until the position(s) is (are) filled. For positions aligned with the regular
calendar cycle, the dealine is January 1st, with decisions made from January to April.
Some FAQ:
- I usually just list references in my CV, and I don't ask them to email the letters. Is that a problem? Yes, your referees will not be contacted. Your file will only be complete once we have received 3 (or more) recommendation letters. If you want to minimize the burden on your referees, rest assured that it's very standard to ask a secretary to dispatch the letters for you.
- I am a geophysicist -- is this the correct posting to apply to? Yes.
- Am I qualified to apply? Is your research area sufficiently close to what I've done so far? Will you consider me even though [insert special circumstance here]? If there were more than 24 hours in a day we would be glad to reply to these perfectly valid inquiries.
Graduate Students
Students interested in joining the Imaging
and Computing group for a Ph.D. thesis must formally apply to a graduate program. In addition, it helps if
you signal your interest to
Prof. Demanet in October or November of the
year preceding the start date. The standard
procedure is to apply via the Mathematics
Department at MIT, in the applied math section. An overview of the
application procedure is here. Express
your interest in the group's research in your
statement (and/or that of any faculty member who
could become your advisor.) The deadline is
December 15 of the year preceding that of the
start date. Note that it takes months to
schedule and take the GRE tests, including the GRE special in math.
Even though we prefer applications in math, there are at least two other ways to join the group as a graduate student: (it's
OK to apply to different departments in any given year.)
- Candidates with a geophysics background should consider applying via the EAPS department and mention their interest in the group. Graduate students in this program are considered Earth sciences students.
- Candidates with a computational/engineering background should consider applying via the CSE Ph.D. program and mention their interest in the group. New for 2016-2017: the CSE program now has a Mathematics track. Graduate students in this track will be considered applied math students. There are however differences with the Math admissions: (1) the CSE application does not require to take the GRE special in math, and (2) students in CSE are primarily funded by the advisor rather than the department, so they should know the group they want to join.
Summer Interns
Every year, the Department of Mathematics at MIT has an
opening for one or more 12-week research internships
during the summer. The successful
applicant is expected to work on a project
funded either by the NSF, or the DoD, or
industry; on computational wave propagation,
inverse problems, optimization, seismic
imaging, radar imaging, or theoretical signal
processing.
This position is
intended for people who are near completion of
their bachelor's degree, at the master's
level, or at the very early Ph.D. level.
The application deadline is January
1.
Preference will be given to
a student in mathematics or computational
mathematics, with a strong academic
record. Familiarity with partial differential
equations, numerical analysis, and experience
with Matlab, Python, Julia, C, C++, or Fortran are
preferred. Experience with parallel
programming is a plus.
A stipend will
be provided to cover travel and local
expenses. The internship can take place during
the summer, but there is some
flexibility in the dates.
Interested
applicants should send cover letter, CV,
transcripts (past grade sheets) by email to
Prof. Demanet. Additionally, each applicant
should have at least one letter of
recommendation sent (by the letter writer or
by a secretary) to the same contact email. The
letter should not be seen by the applicant.
The documents should be in
English. The cover letter should detail the
candidate's academic interests, dates he/she
would be available, and possible career
plans. MIT is an equal-opportunity employer;
women, minorities, and nonresident aliens are
all encouraged to apply.
Important remarks about eligibility. The internship is open to everyone, including international students. Earth scientists
with affinities for mathematics or programming are strongly encouraged to apply. The internship is normally not suited for students in
business administration. Ph.D. students who already have an advisor are usually not considered for this position. The students who already
have an advisor should only apply in case (i) the internship makes sense as part of completing their Ph.D. thesis, and (ii) the advisor
strongly encourages them to do so. When possible, a summer research assistantship position at the home institution is often the best academic
option for Ph.D. students near graduation.
We do not respond to email inquiries on whether you are eligible or qualified for the internship. To be considered for the internship, you have to ask a
professor to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf. Do not send an email indicating your interest in the internship unless you also take steps to have a letter
of recommendation sent.
UROP Interns
MIT undegraduate students who wish to be considered for a UROP project in the Imaging and Computing group should contact Prof. Demanet. For the spring and fall semesters, applications are due before the first Friday of the first week of classes. Summer UROPs are also possible. An (old!) writeup of possible projects is here, but you would more likely be working with a graduate student or postdoc on a topic of immediate relevance to their research.