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Applied Mathematics Postdoctoral Scholar

Position overview

Position title: Applied Mathematics Postdoctoral Scholar
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Minimum annual salary rates are made based on the individual’s Experience Level, which is determined by the number of months of postdoctoral service at any institution. See current salary scale for Postdoctoral Titles at
Percent time: Full-time (100%)
Anticipated start: As soon as possible after initial review of the applications. Ph.D. must be in hand at time of the initial appointment.
Position duration: MAXIMUM DURATION OF SERVICE IN A POSTDOCTORAL TITLE: Postdoctoral Scholar appointments are full-time; the initial appointment is for a minimum of one year, with the possibility of reappointment. Reappointment will be contingent upon positive performance review and availability of funding. The total duration of an individual’s postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at any institution. Under limited circumstances, an exception to this limit may be considered, not to exceed a sixth year.

Application Window

Open August 10, 2022 through Thursday, Dec 22, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

The Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar position under the direction of Assistant Professor Abhishek Halder. The postdoctoral scholar will perform interdisciplinary research in the area of online learning and control of cyber-physical systems, will pursue collaborative research publications, and will help mentor graduate students.

We seek candidates who demonstrate strong analytical and written communication skills (evidenced by publication record in the area of control or machine learning). Applicants with the following qualifications or areas of expertise are strongly encouraged to apply: experience in working at the intersection of learning and control; research experience in multi-armed bandits or other online learning problems; expertise in stochastic control and optimization.

All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs and sent to Assistant Professor Abhishek Halder at

▪ Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position (required).
▪ Curriculum vitae (required).
▪ Sample Publications (a minimum of two are required and a maximum of three will be accepted).
▪ Letters of recommendation (a minimum of two are required, and a maximum of four will be accepted). Given that applicants will submit their letters of recommendation directly, the letters will not be treated as confidential as defined by UCSC’s confidentiality statement.
▪ Statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion: Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review statement guidelines at before preparing their application (optional).

As soon as possible after initial review of the applications. Ph.D. must be in hand at time of the initial appointment.

Full consideration will be given to complete applications until the position has been filled.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in engineering, computer science, operations research, mathematics or a related field.

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Job location

Santa Cruz, California