Job opening in Applied and Computational Topology advertised by the Queen Mary, University of London

From Michael Farber:

Dear colleagues,

I want to attract your attention to the job opening in Applied and Computational Topology advertised by the Queen Mary, University of London (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Applied and Computational Topology - QMUL13442), see

https://webapps2.is.qmul.ac.uk/jobs/job.action?jobID=2940

The salary range is £40,865 - £60,109.

Closing date: 11 January, 2018.

PhD studentship at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

https://www.kth.se/en/om/work-at-kth/lediga-jobb/what:job/jobID:181027/type:job/where:4/apply:1

Doctoral student in Machine Learning
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Computer Science and Communication

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Department information

KTH Computer Science and Communication (CSC) announces PhD positions in Machine Learning at the department of Robotics, Perception and Learning (RPL) https://www.kth.se/en/csc/forskning/rpl.

Job description

The scientific work will be conducted along either of the following research directions:

1) Geometric and Topological Methods for Machine Learning with applications to Robotics

Topological Data Analysis is a recently emerging sub-branch of machine learning that enables inference about the global structure of datasets based on rigorous mathematical theory with origins in Algebraic Topology. The research under this theme will focus on developing new geometric and topological techniques for machine learning with a focus on potential application areas in robotics. Possible applications of Geometric and Topological Data Analysis in Robotics include reasoning about robot configuration spaces and free space. This could include development of approaches to autonomously detect unsafe configurations in a self-driving car scenario and to understand how compact components of the free space can be utilized to enable new types of robot manipulation interactions by means of the concept of "Caging". A second potential sub-thread is to investigate how Topological Data Analysis may be of use to analyze representations of data determined by Deep Learning Algorithms. The research will be supervised by Florian Pokorny, Assistant Professor at RPL.

2) Data-driven scene understanding and control in Human-Robot collaborative settings

Future robotic applications are believed to a greater extent include collaboration with humans, humans that do not necessarily have a technical background. Interaction between human and robot thus need to be in a manner that the human finds natural. A collaborative robot should adapt to changes in the environment and tasks that are placed on it. It needs to be in constant learning mode and gradually adjust its behaviours given feedback from both its sensory system and the human collaborator. Research under this theme will focus on a combination of deep learning for scene understanding and generative action modelling, with reinforcement learning applied for control. Emphasis will be placed on methods with which a human can teach a robot the best way of solving a particular task, either through demonstration or by physically guiding the robot. The research will be supervised by Mårten Björkman, Associate Professor at RPL.

This is a four-year time-limited position that can be extended up to a year with the inclusion of a maximum of 20% departmental duties, usually teaching. In order to be employed, you must apply and be accepted as a doctoral student at KTH.

Data science (especially topology position at The Henry M. Jackson Foundation

THE HENRY M. JACKSON FOUNDATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF MILITARY MEDICINE

Position Description
Data Scientist

Position No: FLSA Status: Exempt
Grade: EEO Category/Job Group:

JOB SUMMARY We are seeking a Data Scientist to join the Austere environments Consortium for Enhanced Sepsis Outcomes (ACESO). ACESO aims to identify host-based markers capable of accurately diagnosing and prognosing patients with severe infections in austere settings and transitioning those markers to point-of-care assay platforms. The Data Scientist is responsible for analyzing complex data and developing insights through the use of statistical models, data mining, and data visualization techniques.

This position is based at The Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) in Bethesda, Maryland, although alternate arrangements will be considered. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services for the worldwide ACESO program.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES: 95% of time

1. Analyzes complex datasets including RNA sequence data, proteomic, phosphoproteomic, and metabolomics data. Applies advanced statistical and predictive modeling techniques and data visualization approaches. Develops innovative approaches to answer research questions.

2. Integrates and prepares large datasets, develops specialized database and computing environments as needed.

3. Provides subject matter expertise as needed, including recommendations on data collection and integration.

4. Communicates results on a regular basis with the science team and key stakeholders, and prepares presentations and reports as needed.

5. Performs other duties as required.

JOB SPECIFICATIONS:
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
 Experience with complex datasets
 Proficiency in statistical analysis, forcasting/predictive analytics, and algorithm optimization.
 Experience with data mining/pattern recognition approaches; experience with topological data analysis preferred
 Strong programming skills
 Able to develop solutions to loosely defined problems
 Able to communicate effectively

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: PhD in mathematics, statistics, computer science or related field. At least 2 years relevant experience.

Physical Capabilities: Extended periods of sitting

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: n/a

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: May provide guidance to junior analysts

Work Environment: Office or laboratory environment

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Director of Human Resources

Tenure track job opening in TDA at the University of Oklahoma

MathJobs Site: https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs?joblist-201-10918

Departmental Site: http://www.math.ou.edu/jobs/2018/TDA.php

The Department of Mathematics at the University of Oklahoma is experiencing an exciting multi-year period of growth and development. We are seeking to expand upon the strengths of our Geometry and Topology groups and to develop a program in Computational Geometry or Applied Topology. We encourage dynamic and innovative individuals to apply for a full-time, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Computational Geometry or Applied Topology beginning August 2018. A higher rank appointment may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Normal duties consist of teaching two courses per semester, conducting research, and rendering service to the department, university, and profession.

Expectations

The position requires an earned doctorate and research interests that complement and extend the strengths of the department. Current teams in the department include: functional and geometric analysis, partial differential equations and dynamical systems, numerical analysis, automorphic forms and number theory, representation theory, geometric group theory, topology, Riemannian geometry, and research in undergraduate mathematics education.

This is a new position intended to open new horizons in mathematical research especially bridging the gap between topology/geometry and data science. We seek strong candidates with proven expertise in the emerging areas of computational topology, topological data analysis, computational geometry and geometric inference among others. We invite exceptional candidates in these areas whose research interests may include a strong computational component working with data to apply. The department intends to grow this area with more hires expected in the coming years. This initiative also dovetails with a larger initiative by the university to hire in areas that combine traditional faculty lines with data science: at least two searches are being conducted in parallel in digital humanities and computational neurobiology at the college level which are intended to bolster the university’s commitment to programs in big data and data science.

Preference will be given to applicants with postdoctoral experience and with a demonstrated potential for excellence in research and teaching.

In addition to interacting with faculty in the department, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on interdisciplinary projects with researchers around campus with needs in analyzing large data sets.

Job Opening in Topological Data Analysis at Florida Atlantic University

Math Jobs add:
https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/11058

FAU Jobs website:
https://jobs.fau.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=62778

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Florida Atlantic University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in the area of topological data analysis, starting in August 2018.

The successful candidate will be expected to pursue research that complements current expertise in the department, which includes applications of computational homology to dynamical systems and topology of random manifolds. Research areas of particular interest for this position include, but are not limited to, mathematical foundations of TDA, geometric and topological methods in data science, computational topology, and interdisciplinary applications. Ideally the successful candidate will broaden the scope of mathematical research in these areas, forming collaborations within the department as well as conducting interdisciplinary research.

Responsibilities for this position will be teaching, scholarly research, and professional service. For additional information about the position, please contact the Chair of the Search Committee by email to mathsearch@fau.edu.

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at FAU offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in mathematics. The department has more than forty full-time faculty members, approximately two-thirds in tenure-earning positions, and nearly fifty doctoral students. FAU is home to The Center for Cryptology and Information Security and The Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences. Both the Scripps Research Institute and the Max Planck institute have branches located near the Jupiter campus.

Applicants must possess a Ph.D. in Mathematics or a closely related field. Candidates in all areas of topological, geometric, and high-dimensional data analysis will be considered.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach effectively and direct research at both the undergraduate and graduate level, participate in interdisciplinary programs, and apply for external research funding.

The salary range is $65,000 - $75,000. For additional information about the position, please contact us by email to mathsearch@fau.edu.

This position is open until filled and may close without prior notice. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by January 1, 2018.

All applicants must apply electronically to the currently posted position on the Office of Human Resources' job website (https://jobs.fau.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=62778) by completing the Faculty, Administrative, Managerial & Professional Position Application and submitting the related documents. The position number that should be referenced while applying is #981754.

In addition, please arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent by first class mail to: Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33431 or by email to mathsearch@fau.edu.

A background check will be required for the candidate selected for this position.

Florida Atlantic University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action Institution, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Individuals with disabilities, requiring accommodation, please call (561) 297-3057 - TTY 711.

TAGS - linking Topology and Algebraic Geometry to probability and Statistics

We are happy to announce an upcoming workshop: TAGS - linking Topology and Algebraic Geometry to probability and Statistics. It will take place on February 19-23 at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig.

The workshop will bring together researchers in topological data analysis, applied algebraic geometry, statistics, and related fields. There will be a number of introductory talks on each of these topics, with the aim of attracting participants who are not necessarily experts in these fields. We will provide a platform for discussing areas of common interest, methodologies extending between fields, and currently open problems.

Travel funding and accommodation can be provided for early-career participants such as postdoctoral researchers and PhD students. Applicants are expected to write a short letter of motivation and to kindly agree to present their work in the form of a poster. PhD students will further be asked to provide a letter of recommendation from their supervisors. The deadline for funding applications is December 1, 2017.

Click here to register.

University Lecturer position, Uni Bremen

Dmitry Feichtner-Kozlow writes:
Dear Colleagues,

there is an open position of a university lecturer at U Bremen.
Applied Topology is definitely a possible profile which we
are looking for, so please spread the word.
The deadline is rather soon!

http://www.uni-bremen.de/universitaet/die-uni-als-arbeitgeber/offene-stellen/detailansicht/joblist/Job/show/universitaetslektor-in-3308.html?cHash=4138d3efaec81cec4eacf9425bb5f018

Two postdoc positions in Aberdeen

Dear Topologists,

The Institute of Mathematics in Aberdeen is now advertising two postdoctoral positions funded by an EPSRC grant obtained by myself. The project is entitled “Topological Analysis of Neural Systems”. It is a collaborative and interdisciplinary project by its very nature, and aims to apply the powerful tools of algebraic topology to questions in neuroscience. A summary of the project can be found on the EPSRC website.  A large part of the project will be carried out in collaboration with the Blue Brain Project at EPFL, led by neuroscientist Henry Markram, and the Laboratory for Topology and Neuroscience led by Kathryn Hess. The post in Aberdeen is funded for 3 years, and will include a generous travel and equipment budget. Work on this project will involve both theoretical and applied topology. Start date is 1st September 2017, but a later start date may be negotiated. 

The first position is intended for a person holding a PhD in algebraic topology with a strong interest in studying and applying theoretical and computational tools of algebraic topology to neuroscience, and other relevant subjects. Experience in computations and/or applied algebraic topology would be an advantage but is not a requirement. Basic training in neuroscience and in computational topology will be available if necessary.

This post is currently advertised at  https://www.abdnjobs.co.uk/vacancy/research-fellow-310013.html with closing date 4th May 2017. 

The second post is intended for either a computer scientist or a mathematician with a strong background in high level coding, who is interested in applying their skill to computational and applied algebraic topology in the context of the project. While this post is not formally advertised yet (it will be in two weeks), all applications for the post already advertised will be considered for both positions.

Informal inquiries are very welcome. Please email r.levi@abdn.ac.uk

Best wishes, Ran

3D-printing Research Assistantship at the University of Sheffield

The department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering and the School of Mathematics at the University of Sheffield anticipate to hire jointly a research assistant to work various computational aspects of 3-D printing including the identification of printability issues, fragility and optimization. A formal description of the position will be available in due course, and this is an informal announcement encouraging potential candidates with a strong background in

  • geometrical applications, e.g., applied topology
  •  software development
  • development and implementation of computational algorithms

to contact Dr. Moty Katzman (M.Katzman@sheffield.ac.uk) for obtaining further details as they become available.