Postdoctoral Research Associate

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA

Posting Information

Position Information

Position Title Postdoctoral Research Associate
Vacancy ID PDS002278
Department Kenan Institute of Private Ent - 331600
Position Type Postdoctoral Scholar

Posting Details

Salary Range Dependent on experience/qualifications
Full-time/Part-time Full Time
If part-time, hours per week
FTE 1.0
Proposed Start Date 07/01/2019
Estimated Duration of Appointment 24 Months
Posting Open Date 01/28/2019
Posting Close Date 03/13/2019
Open Until Filled No
Work Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Summary

The Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher in the fields of FinTech, Machine Learning and Big Data in finance.

The successful candidate will join a team that is conducting research aimed at developing FinTech, Machine Learning and Big Data technologies that facilitate decision-making processes in finance and other business applications. The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to conduct research and development activities in aforementioned fields; publish in high-ranked international journals; participate in international conferences; and, assist in supervising Master’s students and PhD researchers.

This position is part of a broader initiative at the Kenan Institute and the Kenan-Flagler Business School to leverage academic research in emerging technologies for business applications and develop real-world use cases for machine learning to be used in a variety of business contexts. The Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise were recently chosen to take part in a $50 million initiative by technology company, Ripple, to support academic research, technical development and innovation in blockchain, cryptocurrency and digital payments. Ripple’s University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI) will support 17 academic institutions around the world, and each will determine its own research topics and areas of focus. In addition to providing financial resources, Ripple will collaborate with university partners by providing subject matter expertise and technical resources as needed. UNC Kenan-Flagler will use the support for curriculum development, research and project-based work in blockchain and distributed systems, cryptocurrency and distributed payments, innovation in banking and financial technology, entrepreneurship related topics, and implications for economics and law.

Educational Requirements

PhD degree in computer science, data science, scientific computing, applied mathematics, statistics, economics, financial econometrics; or relevant field.

Qualifications and Experience

Successful candidates will have expertise in one or more of the following: (1) supervised/unsupervised machine learning, (2) neural networks, (3) mathematical finance, (4) blockchain/cryptography, (5) financial econometrics, and (6) financial risk models. Candidates must have excellent programming skills (Python/R/C++/Java/Scala) with a focus on computational efficiency. Preferred experience in applying machine learning techniques, statistical analysis of Big Data and predictive modeling in finance. Additionally, experience in distributed, cloud, Big Data computing, and parallelization will be an advantage.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Special Instructions

Candidates are required to submit a cover letter, a CV, a list of publications, at least two references, and a completed PhD thesis. Thesis should be uploaded under ‘Writing/research sample.’ If publication list is not included in CV, candidates may upload it as ‘Other Document.’

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Department Contact Name and Title Dr. Eric Ghysels
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