Assistant Professor (Lecturer)

Department of Mathematics, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Dependent upon experience and qualifications.
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Feb 11, 2023

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University of Utah, Department of Mathematics

Postdoctoral Position in Mathematics of Sea Ice (2023-2024)

Applications are invited for a non-tenure-track appointment at the level of Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Utah to work on partial differential equation models for sea ice and its role in the climate system. This is a 3-year, termed [postdoctoral] position as part of an ONR funded project on sea ice. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Mathematics or a closely related field.

This project involves highly interdisciplinary research on complex sea ice processes that are critical to improving climate projections and models of the polar marine environment. Problems of interest span a broad range of scales, and include fluid and electromagnetic transport in the brine and polycrystalline microstructure, melt pond evolution, advection diffusion processes, wave-ice interactions, the sea ice concentration field, and the marginal ice zone. Some mathematical methods we have recently used come from the fields of homogenization for composite materials, inverse problems, statistical physics, percolation theory, spectral analysis, random matrix theory, topological data analysis, machine learning and uncertainty quantification.

We particularly encourage applications from candidates who have experience in modeling complex physical systems, ideally sea ice, with backgrounds in mathematics, physics, theoretical geophysics or engineering. Professor of Mathematics Elena Cherkaev and Professor of Atmospheric Sciences Court Strong are co-investigators on the project. For further information about the position or to indicate your interest, please contact Professor Ken Golden, Applications must be completed through MathJobs at

Applications must include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests and plans, a teaching statement, and four or more letters of recommendation, at least one of which must address the candidate’s teaching record.

Review of complete applications will begin on January 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.



The Carnegie Foundation has placed the University of Utah in their “highest research activity” category, and the University of Utah is the flagship institution of the Utah System of Higher Education. The University is located in Salt Lake City at the foot of the spectacular Wasatch Mountains. This location offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation, with nine world-class ski resorts within an hour of Salt Lake City, and five national parks only a few hours away. Salt Lake City is the center of the Wasatch Front metropolitan area, with a population of approximately 2.6 million residents. The city has extensive arts and cultural activities, and a major, newly renovated international airport, which serves as a principal Delta Airlines hub with direct flights to most U.S. cities, many cities in Canada and Mexico, as well as Paris, London, and Amsterdam. The area has received international recognition for its new light rail system, foodie culture, downtown renewal, increasing diversity, and welcoming culture. In 2017, U.S News and World report ranked Salt Lake City as the 10th best place to live in the nation.


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