Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Optimization of Energy and Food Systems

July 9, 2018

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Optimization of Energy and Food Systems

Applications are invited for a full-time postdoctoral position at the Department of Civil Engineering and the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University under the supervision of Sauleh Siddiqui at the Mathematical Optimization for Decisions Lab (MODL). The postdoc will spend 50% of their effort on existing projects involving equilibrium problems, bilevel optimization, and machine learning with applications to energy and food systems. The other 50% of the postdoc’s effort will be spent on a project of the postdoc’s choosing, for which a one-page application will be required. The details of the one-page application are below, but the proposal must be highly creative, original, and pertain to at least one of the topics mentioned in this paragraph.

The postdoc will work closely with an international multidisciplinary team of faculty and Ph.D. students from a number of institutions. In addition, the PI will make every effort to mentor the postdoc for transition into a faculty position. This includes guidance on grant-writing, teaching opportunities, and translation of research. Women and Underrepresented Minorities are highly encouraged to apply. This is a year-long postdoc which can potentially be extended up to two years upon satisfactory performance and availability of funding.


– PhD degree in applied or computational mathematics, computer science, engineering, economics, or a closely related field.

– Research experience in one or more of the following fields: optimization, equilibrium, machine learning.

– Experience with GAMS, MATLAB, Python, or other programming languages.

– Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with excellent written and oral communication skills.

– Interdisciplinary research experience is preferred

– A record of research accomplishment as reflected in publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences and presentations at scientific meetings.

Anticipated start date is September 1, 2018. Review of applications will begin July 10th, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Complete applications should include the following (in a single pdf file) to

(1) A cover letter

(2) A full curriculum vitae

(3) Up to two research publications and/or preprints

(4) The names and contact information for three references

(5) (Optional) A one-page original research proposal with the following headings: Motivation, Research Questions, Research Approach, Methods, Data Sources, Timeline. Proposals will be judged on creativity and originality, so think big!

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