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Open Rank: Postdoctoral Research Associate/Associate Research Scientist - Network

Northeastern University
Maine, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Sep 8, 2023

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Open Rank: Postdoctoral Research Associate/Associate Research Scientist - Network Science/Interdisciplinary

About the Opportunity

The Network Science Institute (NetSI) is growing and establishing a new research hub site at The Roux Institute in Portland, Maine.

NetSI is hiring postdoctoral researchers and research scientists to join a global community of interdisciplinary faculty, researchers, and graduate students. Compensation and title will depend on prior experience for the ranks of Postdoctoral Research Associate and Associate Research Scientist. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

These fully funded positions are renewable for up to two years pending satisfactory performance. Starting date is negotiable, beginning as early as October 2022. Successful candidates should plan to relocate to Portland, Maine, although the position may start remotely if needed. These positions may be eligible for a hybrid work arrangement. Compensation is competitive and includes benefits. Successful candidates will be affiliated both with the Network Science Institute and The Roux Institute.

These joint NetSI-Roux positions target early career interdisciplinary computational scientists with a particular focus on candidates with prior research experience and/or interest in expanding their research at the intersection between network science, data science, epidemiology, economics, computational social science, urban science, climate science, and artificial intelligence.

The range of potential research projects may include, but it is not limited to: real-time modeling and forecasting of large scale epidemics; modeling of human mobility and contact patterns using high resolution geolocation data; utilizing mobility networks to predict economic growth and study segregation and inequality; studying how structural social and economic inequities shape disease dynamics; incorporating human behavior, socio-economic characteristics, and the effects of misinformation in large scale epidemiological models; developing hybrid mechanistic and deep learning frameworks to accelerate stochastic simulations; developing innovative statistical/machine learning methodologies for spatio-temporal forecasting; developing unified modeling frameworks that combine the effects of climate change, circulation of infectious diseases, and the dynamics of economic-financial systems; studying and modeling of socio, economic, and financial networks; etc..

  • Assist in initiating, executing, and completing research and experiments
  • Prepare and write research papers, presentations, grant proposals, etc.
  • Foster a safe, inclusive, welcoming, and collaborative environment
  • Collaborate with the principal investigator and students across multiple academic and industry organizations
  • Potential additional responsibilities, depending on position seniority, include: assist in laboratory management, graduate student training/advising, and co-op student mentoring

The individuals filling these positions will also be expected to actively participate in the community by organizing and attending scientific talks, workshops, and conferences; by engaging with The Roux Institute community, which includes faculty, researchers, graduate students, and industry researchers (co-located at the Roux Institute); and with the doctoral trainees enrolled in the NetSI PhD program in Network Science.


Applicants should have completed or be near completion of a PhD or equivalent by the start date of the position. Successful candidates should be able to undertake substantially full-time research or scholarship; work under the supervision of a senior scholar; and have strong communication and writing skills.

Applications are invited from any relevant discipline including: Physics, Statistics, Economics, Computer Science, Epidemiology, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Public Health, Transportation Engineering, Urban Studies, or other related quantitative topics.

Experience in large-scale simulations and/or in analyzing large-scale datasets is strongly preferred.

Preferred Qualifications

There will be a preference for candidates who have past experience with, or show the potential for, interdisciplinary collaborations and who have strong computational/analytical skills.

Preference will be given to candidates with: a) relevant coding experience in (Python OR R) AND (Julia OR C OR C++); and b) prior experience in using HPC and/or cloud computing resources.

Application Materials

The Interested candidates should submit the following:
  • Curriculum Vitae with pointers to your research/expertise-related online profiles (e.g. Google Scholar, Github, Gitlab, Bitbucket, Kaggle, etc..)
  • Research Statement: The research statement should include a clearly articulated description of past research experience and research interests (1-2 pages)
  • References: Please provide the names of at least two mentors/supervisors or senior colleagues who will be able to provide (upon request) letters of recommendation.

For more information about these positions, please contact Matteo Chinazzi at

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Additional Information

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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