Post-doctoral Fellowship in Optimization and Operations Research

Updated: 5 months ago
Deadline: 20 May 2019

The Center for Research in Mathematical Sciences Applied to Industry (RIDC-CeMEAI), one of the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers (“CEPID” in the Portuguese acronym) supported by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), opens a post-doctoral research position in Optimization and Operations Research. The selected candidate will work at Institute of Mathematics, Statistics and Scientific Computing, University of Campinas (IME-UNICAMP). FAPESP will provide financial support with a monthly stipend of R$ 7,373.10. A technical reserve is also provided to cover participation in highly relevant conferences and workshops, as well as research trips (limited to 15% of the annual amount of the fellowship). The position is for one year. 

Description of the project

Brazil has a significant quantity of tailings dams (over seven hundred) which receive the byproducts of several kinds resulting from mining operations. About 200 of these present serious risks in terms of the consequences for society, communities and nature. The purpose of this project is that of studying these kinds of dams with applied mathematical tools modelling and numerically simulating the delicate equilibrium between stability and failure as well as the consequent flooding effects in the many aspects that these failures entail. 


Proponents must have a solid background in Mathematics, Physics as well as Scientific Computing and the Visualization of numerical results, since the first objective is that of studying existing mathematical models and creating variations and/or new models that allow for viable evaluations and predictions of the involved phenomena. Expertise is necessary in numerical methods and analysis, partial differential equations and optimization techniques, inverse problems and the adjustment of models and parameters. Besides this, it will also be necessary to work quite closely with engineers, biologists, geologists, ecologists as well as social scientists. The proponent must also show initiative in the modelling of unforeseen events resulting from the breaking of equilibrium states such as those resulting from dam failures in terms of human, social, ecological and economical consequences. It is necessary to have a doctorate in Applied Mathematics, Engineering and related Sciences and must be available for field trips in regions where these tailings dams are present and where dam failures have occurred.


Please send your application before May, 20, 2019 to: . Please indicate “post-doctoral application – CEPID/CeMEAI” in the subject line. Applications should include curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and two contact information for recommendation letters (only PDF files).

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