Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Science for Engineering

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Institute for Data, Intelligent Systems and Computation (I-DISC)
Job Description: 

Position Description - We invite applications for a postdoctoral fellow position at Lehigh University to work with a multidisciplinary team of researchers exploring data scientific tools for inference and control of engineering systems. We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow who is excited about working in a collaborative environment to help advance a multifaceted research project.

More about the research team.
Our data-driven inference and control team is part of Lehigh University’s new Institute for Data, Intelligent Systems and Computation (I-DISC). This university-funded initiative brings faculty from across colleges at Lehigh University to study issues related to data science and artificial intelligence. This is comprised of faculty from Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, and Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Our collaborative effort aims to develop data scientific tools for robust, real-time, explainable decision making in graphical dynamical systems. Our goal is to address the growing complexity of infrastructural systems by developing new operational paradigms that bring together the strengths of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and optimization in processing large volumes of multi-modal data real-time with the well-formulated physical models of engineering system operations.

Skills & Experience
We are hiring a postdoctoral fellow to join our multidisciplinary team. We seek a researcher with strong methodological foundations in data science, and research interests in foundational or emerging areas, including machine learning, statistical signal processing, scalable information retrieval and inference, graphical modeling, dynamical systems, and reinforcement learning. Prior research experience in infrastructural systems such as those in energy, transportation, etc., is a plus.

Position
The postdoctoral fellow will work in an interdisciplinary team that includes Prof. Parv Venkitasubramaniam and Prof. Rick Blum (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Prof. Hector Munoz-Avila, Prof. Brian Davison, Prof. Jeff Heflin, and Prof. Sihong Xie (Computer Science and Engineering), Prof. Ted Ralphs (Industrial and Systems Engineering) and Prof. Paolo Bocchini (Civil and Environmental Engineering). The position will include opportunities to gain experience in multidisciplinary research, to build skills in grant writing, and to participate in synergistic activities with other research clusters at the I-DISC Research Institute.

Start Date
The anticipated start date is February 1, 2020, but can be negotiated. The initial appointment will be for 12 months, and extensions may be provided conditional upon achievement of the required objectives.

Qualifications
Successful applicants will have a doctoral degree in an engineering or computational science field related to the research project prior to the start date and relevant research experience. In addition, demonstrated proficiency in verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team are required.

How to apply
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, a brief statement of research accomplishments, and contact information for at least three references.
Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

Please email application materials to:
Ms. Sarah Wing at idisc@lehigh.edu
Or by mail to:
Sarah Wing, Business Manager, I-DISC, Building C Rm 229, 113 Research Drive, Lehigh University, Bethlehem PA 18015, USA
Review of applications will begin on January 1 and will continue until the position is filled.

Lehigh University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Review of Applications: 
Review of applications will begin on January 1 and will continue until the position is filled.

Lehigh University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. We are committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community.

Lehigh University is a recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award for promoting the careers of women in academic science and engineering. Read more about Lehigh’s ADVANCE Center for Women STEM Faculty at: http://www.lehigh.edu/luadvance/

Lehigh University provides competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, including domestic partner benefits. More information about Work/Life Balance for Faculty can be found at: http://www.lehigh.edu/~inprv/faculty/worklifebalance.html/

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