Employment Opportunities: Applied and Computational Mathematics
Anticipated Staff Openings: Materials Modeling
The NIST Information Technology Laboratory anticipates filling one or more positions within its Applied and Computational Mathematics Division (ACMD) during the coming year in response to the federal Materials Genome Initiative. This initiative strives to reduce the time for materials discovery, optimization, and deployment through the promotion of a new R&D paradigm in which computational modeling, simulation, and analysis will decrease the reliance on time-consuming, expensive, physical experimentation.
In particular, we anticipate needs in two areas:
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Anticipated Staff Opening: Special Functions Team Lead
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (http://www.nist.gov/) anticipates an opening within the next 12 months for a Special Functions Team Leader. This is a position for a mid-career or exceptionally well-qualified junior mathematician. The principal duties involve the coordination and advancement of the NIST Digital Library of Mathematical Functions and related projects. In addition, ample time is provided for independent research in relevant mathematical areas.
NIST has a long history in special functions going back to the early tables that led up to the 1964 Handbook of Mathematical Functions (Abramowitz and Stegun, eds.), through the long subsequent period of development of special functions software, to the recent online release of the NIST Digital Library of Mathematical Functions (http://dlmf.nist.gov/) and coincident publication of the NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions (Olver, Lozier, Boisvert and Clark, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2010).
The current special functions project team consists of NIST mathematicians together with NIST experts in information technology (IT), mathematical knowledge management, interactive 3D graphics of curves and surfaces, and scientific applications in physics and other areas. This team is augmented by respected mathematicians and scientists at universities and research institutions from around the world. Team leadership duties include responsibility to coordinate IT and math developments, including DLMF/Handbook content improvement, augmentation and correction arising from team members and the general scientific public; monitoring of errata reports and maintenance of a record of all corrections; online release of updated content; communication with external publisher on sales, promotion, revised printings, and second and later editions; development and monitoring of external contracts for specific project tasks; and planning and promotion of a high-impact research agenda in special functions and mathematical knowledge management among team members.
Qualifications include an advanced degree (or equivalent experience) in mathematics with emphasis on classical real and complex analysis, numerical analysis and scientific computing; experience with numerical computing, symbolic computation, computer programming and advanced document processing of mathematics for print and online dissemination; strong written and oral communication skills; and participation in project work as the team leader or a team member with leadership potential. A research track record in theory, computation and application of special functions, together with solid participation and visibility in these areas, is highly desirable.
This anticipated position is within the Applied and Computational Mathematics Division (http://www.nist.gov/itl/math/) of the NIST Information Technology Laboratory. US citizenship is required. NIST is an equal-opportunity employer. For further information about employment at NIST, see http://www.nist.gov/hrmd/perks.cfm.
NIST/NRC Postdoctoral Associateship Program
NIST, in collaboration with the National Research Council (NRC), conducts several national competitions each year to identify outstanding scientists and engineers at the postdoctoral level for two-year research appointments at the NIST Laboratories in Gaithersburg, MD and Boulder, CO. For details on this opportunity, see our Postdoctoral Research Opportunities page.
Student Employment Opportunities
For details on each of these programs, see our Student Employment Opportunities page.