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Careers in computational science and engineering [Video]

At the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering held in Boston in February, mathematicians from academia, industry and government labs discussed and answered questions about the various career options students and those in their early careers could pursue in the fields of computational science and engineering. Watch video highlights!

IdeaLab: Early Career Researcher Program at Brown University

This is a paid announcement.

July 15 – July 19, 2013

The IdeaLab invites 20 early career researchers (postdoctoral candidates and assistant professors) to the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) for a week during the summer. Participants begin the week by presenting their research interests to build a common understanding of the breadth and depth of expertise. Throughout the week, leading senior researchers will give comprehensive overviews of their research topics. Smaller teams will be created to discuss, in depth, various research questions, obstacles, and possible solutions. At week’s end, teams will present on the problems at hand and solution ideas. These will be shared with a broad audience including invited program officers from funding agencies.


  • Towards Efficient Homomorphic Encryption
  • Tipping Points in Climate Systems

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NIGMS seeks Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology Division Director

[Courtesy of Miriam QuintalLewis-Burke Associates LLC]

Earlier this year, NIGMS formed the Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology (BBCB) to administer programs that were part of the former NIGMS Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology and the National Center for Research Resources. The division also manages the NIH Biomedical Information Science and Technology Initiative (BISTI), an effort to stimulate and coordinate the use of computer science and technology to address problems in biology and medicine. Because of its role at NIH, BBCB serves as a focal point for collaborative efforts with other federal agencies that are developing related programs and policies.

To lead BBCB and BISTI, we’re looking for an individual with exceptional strategic vision and a distinguished record of research and management experience in computation/informatics, biomedical technology and biomedical research. NIGMS Acting Director Judith Greenberg has noted that the BBCB Director will have an extraordinary opportunity to shape this still relatively new division, forge key alliances with other NIH components and government agencies, and interact directly with the NIH Director to help establish guidelines and programs in biocomputing and technology.

The Search Committee Members are:

Francine Berman, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Valerie Florance, National Library of Medicine

Daniel Gallahan, National Cancer Institute

Christine Kelley, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

David Landsman, National Center for Biotechnology Information

Michael Rogers, NIGMS, Chair

For details about the job qualifications, how to apply and other information, see the vacancy announcement. Applications will be reviewed starting November 26, 2012, and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Now is a particularly exciting time for this division at NIH, since biomedical progress is critically dependent on the development of a more robust computing infrastructure and on the creation of new biomedical technologies. As chair of the search committee for the division’s director, I ask for your help in identifying candidates for this important position and in sharing this information with others who might be interested.

For more details visit the NIGMS site.


DOE job opportunities in applied mathematics and computer science

Job Summary for DOE Applied Mathematics Program Manager

The Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR), is seeking a motivated and highly qualified individual to serve as a Program Manager for Applied Mathematics in its Computational Science Research & Partnerships (SciDAC) Division. The ASCR mission is to deliver forefront computational and networking capabilities to scientists nationwide that enable them to extend the frontiers of science. A particular challenge of this program is fulfilling the science potential of emerging computing systems and other novel computing architectures.

Applicants should have a strong background in applied mathematics and high-performance computing with an understanding of the computational modeling, simulation and analysis issues related to high-performance scientific computing given that numerous significant modifications to today’s tools and techniques will be required to deliver on the promise of exascale computing for science.

Job Summary for DOE Computer Science Program Manager

The Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR), is seeking a motivated and highly qualified individual to serve as a Program Manager for Computer Science in its Computational Science Research & Partnerships (SciDAC) Division. The ASCR mission is to deliver forefront computational and networking capabilities to scientists nationwide that enable them to extend the frontiers of science. A particular challenge of this program is fulfilling the science potential of emerging computing systems and other novel computing architectures.

The Computer Scientist in this position will help to reinvent the field of Computer Science with respect to operating and runtime systems for extreme scale supercomputing.

At this time, these positions have not been officially posted.  However, interested candidates should monitor the DOE Office of Science jobs site and begin gathering the required materials. After the position has been posted, applicants will have to complete information on qualifications and other details.  Applicants will need an account on the USAJOBS site and it is essential that they are prepared to provide transcripts for graduate and undergraduate education when submitting their application.

DOE Inspire website highlights science & technology careers

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science and five other agencies (DHS, NASA, VA, Department of State, and Department of Labor), in collaboration with the Partnership for Public Service, have developed a pilot website to highlight science and technology (S&T) careers in the Federal government and provide a collection of resources of interest to students and professionals considering an S&T career in public service.

As you may know, Federal agencies face many challenges in recruiting S&T talent, including: Read the rest of this entry »

Institute for Mathematics and its Applications

Programs, Research, Short Courses, and Submission of Program Proposals

Thematic Program: The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, located on the University of Minnesota campus, recently launched its 2011–2012 annual thematic program on the Mathematics of Information. More information about this year’s workshops and visiting opportunities is available at The 2012–2013 thematic program will be on Infinite Dimensional and Stochastic Dynamical Systems and Their Applications; information about that program is available at Read the rest of this entry »

Graduating or earning your final degree this spring?

If you are earning your final degree this year and will no longer be a student, it’s important that you remain a part of the SIAM community. Getting started in a career can be a little unsettling but SIAM can help you through the rough spots. To ease the transition from your student membership to a full regular membership, which costs $133 in 2011, SIAM offers a postgraduate membership at 50% off the price of regular membership for the first three years after receiving a final degree (net amount in 2011: $67), then 25% off for the fourth and fifth years (net amount in 2010: $97). If you’ll be graduating this year and not continuing as a student next year, you can remain a part of the SIAM community for just 18 cents a day! Read the rest of this entry »

Employment Opportunities for Program Directors at NSF’s Division of Mathematical Sciences

The Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS), within the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, National Science Foundation (NSF), announces a nationwide search for mathematical sciences professionals to fill Program Director positions:

NSF Program Directors bear the primary responsibility for carrying out the Agency’s overall mission. To discharge this responsibility requires not only knowledge in the appropriate disciplines, but also a commitment to high standards, a considerable breadth of interest and receptivity to new ideas, a strong sense of fairness, good judgment, and a high degree of personal integrity.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent training in a field of the mathematical sciences, a broad knowledge of one of the relevant disciplinary areas of the Division of Mathematical Sciences, a knowledge of the general scientific community, skill in written communication and preparation of technical reports, an ability to communicate orally, and several years of successful independent research normally expected of the academic rank of associate professor or higher. Some administrative experience and experience working in teams are desirable. Appointees are expected to function effectively both within specific programs and as a member of crosscutting and interactive teams. Skills in multidisciplinary research are highly desirable. Read the rest of this entry »

Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences

International Graduate Training Centre in Mathematical Biology

The PIMS International Graduate Training Centre in Mathematical Biology invites applicants for IGTC fellowships for the 2011–2012 academic year. Fellowships are worth up to $10K a year and are for students working in mathematical biology at PIMS universities (Alberta, British Columbia, Calgary, Regina, Saskatchewan, Simon Fraser, and Victoria).

Faculty members who know of students who have demonstrated excellence and who are currently applying to or are already enrolled in PIMS graduate programmes are urged to encourage these students to apply.

There are also opportunities for students to enroll in the programme. All students can benefit from IGTC graduate training elements, including annual research summits, summer courses, new term-time courses, seminars, graduate student exchanges, and international visitors.

Full details about the IGTC Programme and the application process can be found at:

Students with further questions can contact: IGTC coordinator, Maryna Yaskina,, or programme director Mark Lewis,

The application deadline is February 8, 2011.

Applying for a Job at a Small Teaching-oriented Undergraduate Institution

As a newly minted PhD in mathematics, you probably enjoy doing mathematics. For many people this means traditional scholarship and publication. But another natural consequence of loving your discipline is the desire to tell others about it. For some of us, this takes the form of teaching at schools that focus on educating undergraduates. It’s appealing to share the beauty of the subject with talented students who are experiencing it for the first time, and maybe turn some of them on to mathematics.
This article is directed to recent PhDs who are looking for positions at undergraduate-focused schools; it is based on my 17 years of experience in helping select and interview candidates for faculty positions at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. One important thing I’ve observed is that the kind of application that will get you a position at a tier-one research school might not get you in the door at a school that focuses on undergraduates. In a short article, I can’t tell you everything you might need to know, but I can highlight the salient differences between jobs of this type and more research-oriented positions, and ways in which your application should reflect this.

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