Archive for postdoctoral position

postdoc in the Alps

Posted in Kids, Mountains, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2015 by xi'an

Post-doctoral Position in Spatial/Computational Statistics (Grenoble, France)

A post-doctoral position is available in Grenoble, France, to work on computational methods for spatial point process models. The candidate will work with Simon Barthelmé (GIPSA-lab, CNRS) and Jean-François Coeurjolly (Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Laboratory Jean Kuntzmann) on extending point process methodology to deal with large datasets involving multiple sources of variation. We will focus on eye movement data, a new and exciting application area for spatial statistics. The work will take place in the context of an interdisciplinary project on eye movement modelling involving psychologists, statisticians and applied mathematicians from three different institutes in Grenoble.

The ideal candidate has a background in spatial or computational statistics or machine learning. Knowledge of R (and in particular the package spatstat) and previous experience with point process models is a definite plus.

The duration of the contract is 12+6 months, starting 01.10.2015 at the earliest. Salary is according to standard CNRS scale (roughly EUR 2k/month).

Grenoble is the largest city in the French Alps, with a very strong science and technology cluster. It is a pleasant place to live, in an exceptional mountain environment.

Methodological developments in evolutionary genomic [3 years postdoc in Montpellier]

Posted in pictures, Statistics, Travel, University life, Wines with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2014 by xi'an

[Here is a call for a post-doctoral position in Montpellier, South of France, not Montpelier, Vermont!, in a population genetics group with whom I am working. Highly recommended if you are currently looking for a postdoc!]

Three-year post-doctoral position at the Institute of Computational Biology (IBC), Montpellier (France) :
Methodological developments in evolutionary genomics.

One young investigator position opens immediately at the Institute for Computational Biology (IBC) of Montpellier (France) to work on the development of innovative inference methods and software in population genomics or phylogenetics to analyze large-scale genomic data in the fields of health, agronomy and environment (Work Package 2 « evolutionary genomics » of the IBC). The candidate will develop its own research on some of the following topics : selective processes, demographic history, spatial genetic processes, very large phylogenies reconstruction, gene/species tree reconciliation, using maximum likelihood, Bayesian and simulation-based inference. We are seeking a candidate with a strong background in mathematical and computational evolutionary biology, with interest in applications and software development. The successfull candidate will work on his own project, build in collaboration with any researcher involved in the WP2 project and working at the IBC labs (AGAP, CBGP, ISEM, I3M, LIRMM, MIVEGEC).

IBC hires young investigators, typically with a PhD plus some post-doc experience, a high level of publishing, strong communication abilities, and a taste for multidisciplinary research. Working full-time at IBC, these young researchers will play a key role in Institute life. Most of their time will be devoted to scientific projects. In addition, they are expected to actively participate in the coordination of workpackages, in the hosting of foreign researchers and in the organization of seminars and events (summer schools, conferences…). In exchange, these young researchers will benefit from an exceptional environment thanks to the presence of numerous leading international researchers, not to mention significant autonomy for their work. Montpellier hosts one of the most vibrant communities of biodiversity research in Europe with several research centers of excellence in the field. This positions is open for up to 3 years with a salary well above the French post-doc standards. Starting date is open to discussion.

 The application deadline is January 31, 2015.

Living in Montpellier:


Contacts at WP2 « Evolutionary Genetics » :


Jean-Michel Marin :

François Rousset :

Vincent Ranwez :

Olivier Gascuel :

Submit my application :

postdoc in Paris?

Posted in Kids, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , on November 4, 2014 by xi'an

Pont Alexandre III, Paris, May 8, 2012. On our way to the old-fashioned science museum, Palais de la Découverte, we had to cross the bridge on foot as the nearest métro station was closed, due to N. Sarkozy taking part in a war memorial ceremony there...There is an open call of the Fondation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris (FSMP) about a postdoctoral funding program with 18 position-years available for staying in Université Paris-Dauphine (and other participating universities). The net support is quite decent  (wrt French terms and academic salaries) and the application form easy to fill. So, if you are interested in coming to Paris to work on ABC, MCMC, Bayesian model choice, &tc., feel free to contact me (or another Parisian statistician) and to apply! The deadline is December 01, 2014.  And the decision will be made by January 15, 2015. The starting date for the postdoc is October 01, 2015.

EQUIP launch

Posted in Statistics, University life with tags , , , , , , on October 10, 2013 by xi'an

Today, as I was around (!), I attended the launch of the new Warwick research project EQUIP (which stands for Enabling quantification of uncertainty for inverse problems). This is an EPSRC funded project merging mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics and geophysics, with a primary target application [alas!] in the oil industry. It will start hiring four (4!) postdocs pretty soon. The talks were all interesting, but I particularly liked the idea that they were addressed primarily to students who were potentially interested in the positions. In addition, Mark Girolami gaves a most appreciated insight on the modelling of uncertainty in PDE models, connecting with earlier notions set by Tony O’Hagan, modelling that I hope we can discuss further when both in Warwick!

funding grants from Fondation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris

Posted in Kids, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , on October 4, 2013 by xi'an

I just got news that there are several grant programs offered by the Fondation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris: the first two ones are for visiting professors and the last two ones are for postdocs and Master students from abroad. If you are interested by a postdoc in Paris-Dauphine or a Master in Statistics in my Master program, feel free to apply! Here they are (with different deadlines).

Chaire d’excellence
Les candidatures se font désormais en deux étapes.
Du mardi 1er octobre 2013 au jeudi 31 octobre 2013 à 23h59 : dépôt du pré-projet.
Du mardi 1er octobre 2013 au jeudi 12 décembre 2013 à 23h59 : candidature en ligne.
Pour toute information sur ce programme et sur les nouvelles modalités de candidature :
Pour candidater en ligne :
Chaire Junior
Du mardi 1er octobre 2013 au jeudi 12 décembre 2013 à 23h59.
Programme post-doctoral
Du mardi 1er octobre 2013 au dimanche 1er décembre 2013 à 23h59.
Pour toute information sur ce programme :
Pour candidater en ligne :
PGSM Internationnal
Du mardi 1er octobre 2013 au lundi 27 janvier 2014 à 23h59.

five years in Edinburgh

Posted in Kids, Mountains, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , on April 12, 2013 by xi'an

Duddingston Loch, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, September 6, 2011Got an email with this tantalizing offer of a five year postdoctoral position in mathematics at the University of Edinburgh:

Chancellor's Fellowship (five positions) [tenure-track posts at Lecturer or Reader

Applications are invited for up to five Chancellor's Fellowship posts in
Mathematics. Each Fellowship provides a research-focused reduced-teaching position
for up to 5 years, followed immediately by a standard open-ended (ie "tenured")
lectureship or readership post.

Applicants should have research interests in any area of:

Applied and Computational Mathematics
Financial Mathematics
Mathematical Physics
Operational Research
Pure Mathematics

One of the positions will be specifically dedicated to algebra (Representation
Theory, very broadly conceived).

Applicants will have a research record of the highest calibre, exhibiting the
potential to become an international leader. We welcome candidates whose interests
may also reach out to other disciplines.

Appointment will normally be made on the Lecturer scale, £37,382 - £44,607.
Dependent on experience, and in exceptional circumstances, appointment may be to
Senior Lecturer/Reader level for which the salary scale is £47,314 - £53,233.

Interviews will be held during May 2013. Applications containing a detailed CV and
an outline of a proposed research programme should be made online

ISBA, the other one…

Posted in Statistics, University life with tags , , , on December 18, 2012 by xi'an

I often get emails from ISBA that leave me confused until I realise they are from the “other” ISBA, namely the Institute of Statistics, Biostatistics and Actuarial Sciences in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Here is one such call for a postdoctorant:

The Institute of Statistics, Biostatistics and Actuarial Sciences (ISBA) at the Université catholique de Louvain opens up a PhD position and a postdoc position in the framework of an Interuniversity Attraction Pole Programme (IAP-Belgian Science Policy).

The Institute of Statistics, Biostatistics and Actuarial Sciences (ISBA, is a renowned research centre of high international reputation which offers a very stimulating working environment. Around 30 pre- and postdoctoral researchers are working under the supervision of 10 full-time professors, in a variety of fields of methodological and applied statistics, including biostatistics and actuarial sciences.

The ISBA is currently working on the IAP project _’Developing crucial statistical methods for understanding major complex dynamic systems in natural, biomedical and social sciences_’ and is searching candidates with interest and experience in:

– The study of associations and dependencies in complex systems

– The study of different dynamics in complex systems

– Multivariate modelling and hierarchically structured data

– Dynamics of a stochastic system and the impact of non-observed characteristics

– Variable and model selection and the study of (ultra-)high dimensional data

The candidate (PhD) will also be involved on a small scale into some teaching activities of the institute. *Deadline for application:* February 1, 2013.


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