Research Associate - UTSC: Computer & Mathematical Sciences

Toronto (City), Ontario (CA)
Tuesday, 4 August 2020
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 4 October 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Associate (Limited Term)
Job Number: 2000139
Faculty / Division: University of Toronto Scarborough
Department: UTSC: Computer & Mathematical Sciences 
Campus: Scarborough   

Prof. Daniel M Roy, in the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences of the University of Toronto Scarborough, invites applicants for the position of Research Associate (Limited Term) to conduct collaborative research in mathematical statistics outlined in an awarded NFRFE-2018 New Frontier in Research proposal, titled “Rebuilding the Foundations of Bayesian Statistics on Nonstandard Analysis”. 

The proposed research in mathematical statistics aims to characterize the set-theoretic relationships between Bayesian and frequentist notions of optimality in statistical decision theory. The approach is to use nonstandard analysis to replace countably additive (prior) probability measures with hypercountably additive probability measures. The project will also look at the connection between frequentist admissibility in location models and recurrence of Markov chains; the role of hyperfinite sets in establishing the existence of so-called “matching priors” to connect confidence intervals and credible regions; and the relationship with approaches based on charges.

This opportunity of a Research Associate (Limited Term) is a 2-year appointment and the anticipated start date is March 20, 2020.

Job Duties: 

The candidate will be responsible for the conceptualization, execution, communication, and dissemination of mathematical research in service of the proposal described above and as directed by Prof. Daniel M. Roy. Beyond these responsibilities, the successful candidate may be expected to participate in the preparation of research presentations; grant applications; research supervisions of two or more students and other trainees; and the organization of workshop/conferences. At all times, the individual is expected to support the overall research and teaching missions of Roy’s group.

(Minimum Qualifications)

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Mathematics or Mathematical Statistics and at least two(2) years of postdoctoral experience, with demonstrated academic and research excellence in at least two of the following academic areas: mathematical statistics or measure theory; mathematical logic; and descriptive set theory. Excellence is to be demonstrated through publications in high-quality peer-reviewed journals in statistics, mathematics, and/or related fields. It is also essential that the candidate highlight their ability to work independently, e.g., by single-author publications; experience presenting research, as evidence through invited seminars; past experience organizing scientific/mathematical workshop/conferences/etc.; past experience supervising students in research.

Travel: Limited. The Research Associate will be expected to present research at academic conferences.

Travel: Limited
This is a 2-year appointment, with the possibility of extension, depending on approval of supervisor based on performance and funding.

All individuals interested in this position must arrange for the following items to be submitted:

Cover letter, arguing for one’s suitability for the project, in particular, by demonstrating excellence in research related in at least two of mathematical statistics or measure theory, mathematical logic, and descriptive set theory and demonstrating adequate mathematical training in order to ramp up to carrying out research at the intersection of mathematical statistics and mathematical logic.

Curriculum Vitae.

Best two (2) papers (in PDF format); applicants should provide descriptions of their role in any joint work, along with contact details for coauthors.
At least two (2) references, but no more than three (3), ideally one at arm’s length (i.e., not an advisor, coauthor, or member of the same institution). Letters should speak to the applicant’s independence in research. These letters of recommendation are to be send directly by the referees to Prof. Daniel Roy at 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Benefits: A detailed overview of benefits for research associates may be found here.

Employee Group: Research Associate, Limited Term
Appointment Type: Grant - Term
Schedule: Full-time
Pay Scale Group and Hiring Rate: R01 -- Research Associates (Limited Term): $45,491 - $85,295  
Job Field: Research Associate (Limited Term)
Job Posting: Jan 21, 2020
Job Closing: Ongoing