Open postdoctoral positions

[Updated February 10th, 2014: All positions for 2014-15 are now filled. We expect to make a similar call in late Fall for new postdoctoral positions starting Summer 2015.]

Multiple postdoctoral positions are currently open in our research group, focusing on structures and dynamics in networks. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of interdisciplinary networks interests locally at UNC and Duke and with national and international collaborators of our group. If desired, applicants with the requisite teaching experience will be considered for a teaching assignment in Mathematics. A Ph.D. or equivalent in Applied Mathematics, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics or closely related field is required. The initial appointment is for 12 months, renewable based on satisfactory performance.

Previous research experience in the study of networks is required. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated expertise in clustering, community detection, modeling infection/information spread, or networked dynamical systems, for example as encountered in analyzing and modeling diverse data sets describing temporal networks and/or network samples as encountered in social relationships, medical diagnostic information, material interactions, or chemical reactions.

Applications must be submitted online at

Dr. Dane Taylor joins group

The start of the new academic year coincides with the opening workshop of the program year on Computational Methods in Social Sciences (CMSS) at the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI). As part of that program, we welcome Dr. Dane Taylor to our research group. A recent graduate of the Department of Applied Mathematics at CU-Boulder, Dane has come to Carolina to work with the CMSS program at SAMSI this year and will continue on for a second year at UNC working on projects funded by the National Institutes of Health and the James S. McDonnell Foundation. During Fall 2013, Dane is also the Graduate Research Consultant for Mucha’s Math 89 First Year Seminar on the topic of networks.

Congratulations to Dr. Feng Shi

Grad_ShiCongratulations to Feng “Bill” Shi for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation, titled “Modeling Networks and Dynamics in Complex Systems.” In his work, Bill investigated a pair of interesting and challenging problems: large-scale resistor networks for modeling electrical responses in nanorod composites, and models of opinion formation in co-evolving voter model networks.

Bill is pictured here (right) walking the “faculty gauntlet” at our department’s graduation recognition ceremony.

Bill leaves us to start a postdoctoral associate position working with James Evans at the University of Chicago (see “Computational center will study the past and future of knowledge“).