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Post Doctoral Fellow - School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Clemson University
121 Lehotsky Hall - Clemson, SC

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Post Doctoral Fellow - School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

121 Lehotsky Hall - Clemson, SC
Open Date:
Jul 6, 2023

The School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at Clemson University is seeking a talented individual for a full-time, 12-month Postdoctoral associate position starting in January 2024. The target hire will be a recent PhD in mathematics, computational science, data science, or other related fields. The position is aimed at interdisciplinary research in field-collected forestry population data and spatial stochastic mathematical modeling.

The purpose of this project is to provide research support to the SC ALB eradication program. This new infestation occurs in both urban and rural developed and palustrine wetlands and is the furthest south of any of the previous or current infestation in the U.S. This raises several questions around if it is possible to use current and past data to optimize ALB detection capacity in the field. A great deal of data are available pertaining to tree infestation status and characteristics from within this other infestations in the U.S., and these data may be used to help optimize monitoring in SC specifically, and within other infestations generally.

The associate will assist researchers in investigating how we can use previously collected data on trees infested by ALB and associated landscape factors to optimize future survey efforts. Specific goals and objectives in 2023 include:
1. Support APHIS S&T scientists by collecting and organizing landscape and tree data associated with current and previous ALB infestations.
2. Assist S&T scientists in investigating potential relationships between ALB host choice, landscape factors, and characteristics of infested trees.

Some possible models to explore the primary goal are based on dynamical systems. metapopulation models, stochastic spatial models, and patch models. Metapopulation models analyze data collected from spatially distributed populations, where dispersed events that affect the local populations occur over time. Results from these models can show local extinction/destruction probabilities, and rates of occurring events, leading to predictions about the state of the system in the future. Stochastic spatial models analyze data from complex systems where local stochastic effects may affect global stochastic effects. These models play a role in understanding landscapes that can be expressed as a network, where the dynamics of a local neighborhood affects how the local neighborhood interacts with other neighborhoods. These models lead to predicting the long run behavior of interacting communities given a large number of parameters. Patch models describe discrete spatial heterogeneity in systems of ordinary differential equations where individuals travel between patches at a given rate. These models typically used for infectious disease modeling on a global scale can be applied to our primary goal, ALB infestations on trees across many states. These models can be used to predict long term behavior and steady states of the system.

The School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences is dedicated to Clemson’s overall mission of discovery, learning and engagement. The School’s faculty includes tenure/tenure track faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and lecturer-track faculty and fosters professional growth for all faculty. The School offers the full range of Baccalaureate, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees.

The School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences is organized into three Divisions:
• Mathematics: includes faculty in Algebra and Discrete Mathematics, Computational Mathematics, and Pure and Applied Analysis.
• Statistics and Operations Research: includes faculty in Applied Statistics and Data Science, Operations Research, and Probability and Mathematical Statistics.
• Mathematics and Statistics Education: includes faculty in Mathematics Education and Statistics Education. Lecturers (of all ranks) belong to the Mathematics and Statistics Education division.

For more information about the School and its programs, please visit the website For more information about Clemson, please visit the website




Applicants must have an PhD in mathematics, computational science, data science, or a relevant field. The hire is expected to be for 1 position in the mathematics or statistics division in the SMSS.

Application Instructions:

Application reviews will begin on July 17, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

Applicants should submit the following items via Interfolio at:

(1) Curriculum Vitae
(2) Letter of application
(3) Teaching statement
(4) An unofficial transcript
(5) Three confidential letters of recommendation.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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