Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions in Complex Networks, Synchronization, and Control

Prof. Adilson E. Motter at Northwestern University has openings for Postdoctoral Research Associates in the broad area of complex networks. His group focuses on dynamical properties of network systems, including theoretical and computational aspects of synchronization phenomena, cascading failures, and control of network dynamics. The group is also interested in applications to biological, chemical, socio-technological, infrastructure, and physical systems, including metabolic networks, power grids, microfluidic networks, and metamaterials. Specific examples include the development of techniques to control nonlinear network dynamics, prediction of therapeutic targets, modeling of synchronization dynamics, mitigation of cascading failures, network-based design of new materials, and the design of self-healing networks.

The positions are open to recent PhDs in applied mathematics, computer science, statistics, engineering, physics and related fields with demonstrated ability to conduct high impact research. The ideal candidates will have exceptional computational, analytical, and communication skills, and will have outstanding potential for scientific research. Competitive candidates will also have familiarity with some aspects of network modeling and research experience in nonlinear dynamics, control theory, and/or data analysis/statistical methods applied to complex systems. Previous research experience with synchronization in complex networks, control of network systems, and specific application systems or problems of interest in network dynamics would be a plus.

The Motter Group is located on the Evanston Campus of Northwestern University, on the north shore of Lake Michigan, within a 30-minute drive from downtown Chicago. Group members have offices in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and enjoy ample interactions with network researchers from other disciplines through the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO). For more information, please explore our website.

To apply, please e-mail a CV and a statement describing how your research interests relate to this position to Dr. Luciana Zanella at, and arrange to have at least two letters of recommendation sent to the same address. Applications received by July 1, 2014 will receive full consideration. Appointments are available immediately.

Northwestern University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged.