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Research Scientist, Simons Collaboration on Arithmetic Geometry, Number Theory, and Computation
Job Number: 15016
Functional Area: Research - Scientific
Department: Mathematics
School Area: Science
Employment Type: Full-Time Temporary
Employment Category: Exempt
Visa Sponsorship Available: Yes
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RESEARCH SCIENTIST, Mathematics-Simons Collaboration on Arithmetic Geometry, Number Theory, and Computation (multiple positions), to join an MIT-based team working under the direction of principal investigators Bjorn Poonen and Andrew Sutherland as part of a collaboration with PIs at Boston University, Harvard, Dartmouth, and Brown. Will be engaged in a combination of mathematical research and software development.  Responsibilities include designing and implementing algorithms in arithmetic geometry and number theory and facilitating the integration of these algorithms into existing and future computer algebra systems; compiling and analyzing number-theoretic research datasets and integrating the results into existing and future platforms such as the L-functions and Modular Forms Database; coordinating with researchers across multiple institutions, both internal and external to the collaboration, working in areas relevant to the research agenda of the collaboration; assisting with training and development, e.g., running workshops or teaching courses on topics relevant to the collaboration and supervising student researchers; participating in monthly meetings and annual workshops run by the collaboration; and contributing to proceedings volumes to be published by the collaboration and disseminating research results through conference presentations and journal articles.  

The Simons Collaboration aims to accelerate research through the development of computational tools that realize recent theoretical advances in arithmetic geometry and number theory, and to exploit these tools to advance the research frontier in these fields.

REQUIRED:  Ph.D. in mathematics with a research background in number theory or arithmetic geometry; computer programming experience; familiarity with a computer algebra package, e.g., Magma, SageMath, or PARI/GP; and ability to work independently and as part of a team and to travel and present research results.  Fluency in one or more programming language (Python, Julia, C/C++) a plus.  Job #15016

This is a four-year position with the potential for a three year renewal, subject to funding approval. The start date may be any time between September 1, 2017, and September 1, 2018.


MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

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