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Postdoctoral Associate (Post-doc) in Complexity/urban science
New York University

Date Posted Dec. 9, 2022
Title Postdoctoral Associate (Post-doc) in Complexity/urban science
University New York University
Brooklyn, NY, United States
Department Center for Urban Science and Progress - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering - Biomedical Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date January 2023
  • Post-Doc
  • Statistics & Actuarial Science
    Physics - General
    Natural Sciences
    Mathematics/Applied Mathematics
    Environmental Sciences/Ecology/Forestry
    Computer/Information Sciences
    Biomedical Sciences
    Biology - Computational
    Biology - General
    Sciences - General

Multiple post-doc positions are available in the Dynamical Systems Laboratory (DSL) at the Tandon School of Engineering, New York University in a wide variety of research projects that are signature scopes of our multidisciplinary group. The positions are fully funded with a competitive salary.

We seek independent, motivated, and creative individuals to conduct fundamental research in the broad areas of complex systems theory, data, and urban science. Candidates will be making important contributions to one or multiple research projects supported by our several ongoing grants (see DSL: Active Projects). Candidates will be responsible for conducting fundamental theoretical research in the areas of mathematical modeling, control, and diagnostics of complex systems, as well as data science and statistical modeling of such systems with interdisciplinary applications in physical, biological, and social systems, especially within the framework of urban science. For example, ongoing research seeks to address epidemic spreading in cities, the United States firearm ecosystem, human mobility patterns on different scales (commuting, migrations, …), and energetic regulation in dynamic biological networks. We are seeking individuals with a strong background in at least one of the following fields of mathematical modeling, complexity, network science, statistical physics, statistics, data science and machine learning, urban science, and/or other related fields.

Candidate profile

Ideal candidates are expected to have:

i) the drive to pursue an excellent career in research upon completion of their post-doc training;  

ii) a Ph.D. in physics, biology, mathematics, engineering, computational sciences, or related fields;

iii) a demonstrated ability to conduct original research (theoretical, experimental, or computational), as evidenced by a number of high-quality journal and conference publications;

iv) outstanding English language oral and written communication skills;

v) a strong work ethic with the ability to work independently as well as in a research group;

vi) evidence of good project/laboratory management skills; and

vii) the ability to strategize the goals of projects as well as design, conduct, and interpret experiments, under the mentorship of the Principal Investigator.

The DSL was established sixteen years ago by Prof. Maurizio Porfiri (Institute Professor at Tandon School of Engineering  and Director of the Center for Urban Science and Progress, with appointments at the Center for Urban Science and Progress, the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering). The DSL is home to a highly collaborative, vibrant group of young scholars, with complementary expertise across theory, experiments, and computation. The director, Prof. Porfiri, is the author of more than 350 journal publications and the recipient of numerous professional awards (Wikipedia/Maurizio_Porfiri).


Candidates are encouraged to contact Prof. Porfiri via Interfolio. Candidates should include a detailed curriculum vitae, a one-page cover letter,  a statement of past research experience, and a list of references. The cover letter should include applicants’ research interests, and their future plans, both in general and research-wise. Review of applications will begin immediately, and candidates are expected to join as early as January 2023.

  • New York University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NYU does not discriminate due to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability, unemployment status or any other legally protected basis, and to the extent permitted by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

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Contact Information

  • Maurizio Porfiri
    Center for Urban Science and Progress - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering - Biomedical Engineering
    New York University
    Brooklyn, NY


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