Postdoctoral Fellow

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
13 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
30 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

Nestled beside the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins, Colorado is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the U.S.A. Colorado State University ranks as one of the nation’s top-performing research institutions with a record $375 million in research spending in Fiscal Year 2013. The Department of Mathematics has over 200 undergraduate majors and 55 graduate students, with currently 31 tenured and tenure-track faculty. More information may be obtained from the Department’s Web page at Information on the city of Fort Collins can be found at

Position Summary

Applications are invited for one to two postdoctoral positions for developing compressive sensing (CS) algorithms in support of two Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs being conducted in collaboration with a Massachusetts-based small business. The program thrust areas are flash imaging LIDAR and longwave infrared hyperspectral imaging – each based on a single pixel architecture and CS. The candidate will work closely the small business and university investigators to develop and apply optimization algorithms customized to each specific sensing application and sensor hardware. The successful candidate will be responsible for optimizing the Compressive Sensing algorithm for speed and real time operation. Travel to the small business for status meetings and system integration is expected once or twice per year. All candidates must be eligible to work in the United States at the time of application.

Required Job Qualifications

1) Eligible to work in the United States at the time of application.
2) PhD in Applied Mathematics or related field
3) Computer Programming experience in MATLAB

Preferred Job Qualifications

A background in optimization algorithms, e.g., l1-norm optimization, and programming experience in C++ and CUDA

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research


On a continuing basis, the postdoc will pursue collaborative research on the topic of compressive sensing related to single pixel imaging as it can be applied to LIDAR and hyperspectral imaging. The postdoc will be responsible for implementation and testing of algorithms in the context of flash imaging LIDAR and/or longwave infrared hyperspectral imaging and will meet weekly with the research being directed by Prof. Kirby to discuss approaches and procedures and to refine and accelerated solution methods.

On a regular basis, the postdoc will present his or her research to the team and other audiences as deemed appropriate.

Percentage Of Time 75%

Job Duty Category Teaching


This position may teach a mixture of university level service courses and other courses for our Mathematics Majors. To be qualified to teach some of these courses, the employee needs to have a PhD degree. This position could possibly teach 1 course per year depending on needs of the department.

Percentage Of Time 25%

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Travel - once or twice a year to visit a small business Search Contact Michael Kirby - EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

Minimum Requested 2 Maximum Requested 2 Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. Statement of Research Philosophy

Optional Documents