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Postdoctoral Associate in Urban Science/Complex systems
New York University

Date Posted May 6, 2024
Title Postdoctoral Associate in Urban Science/Complex systems
University New York University
Brooklyn, NY, United States
Department Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering - Biomedical Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date February 2024
  • Post-Doc
  • Mechatronics
    Mechanical Engineering
    Engineering Physics
    Engineering Mechanics
    Computer Engineering
    Computer Science
    Bioengineering (all Bio-related fields)
    Engineering - Other

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Center for Urban Science and Progress

New York University

Multiple post-doc positions are available in the Dynamical Systems Laboratory (DSL) at the Center for Urban Science and Progress, Tandon School of Engineering, New York University in a wide variety of research projects that are signature scopes of our multidisciplinary research group. The positions are fully funded with a competitive salary.

We seek independent, motivated, and creative individuals to conduct fundamental research in the theory and application of complex systems. Candidates will be making important contributions to one or multiple research projects supported by our several ongoing grants (see DSL: Active Projects). In particular, our research at CUSP seeks to understand the causes of
firearm-related harms, improve the healthcare system, through data-intensive enhanced cognition, understand human mobility patterns on different scales (commuting, migrations, …) and develop robotic-based assistive technologies to help the visually impaired avoid obstacles in their surroundings.

We are seeking individuals with a strong background in mathematical modeling, data science and experimental methods. Ideal candidates should have a demonstrated interest in working on interdisciplinary research topics, bringing technical depth to a collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment. Whether working on criminology-related problems or biomimetics research, candidates should thrive in quantitative, hypothesis-driven research with high impact.

Beyond conducting fundamental research in the broad area of social and urban science, candidates will be responsible for mentoring undergraduate, master and doctoral students, leading outreach activities, and supporting proposal writing and grantsmanship.

Candidate profile

Ideal candidates are expected to have:

i) the drive to pursue an excellent career in research upon completion of their post-doc training;  

ii) a Ph.D. in physics, biology, engineering, mathematics, computational science, or related fields;

iii) a demonstrated ability to conduct original research (theoretical, experimental, or computational), as evidenced by a number of high-quality journal and conference publications;

iv) direct experience with working with and maintaining laboratory animals;

v) outstanding English language oral and written communication skills;

vi) a strong work ethic with the ability to work independently as well as in a research group;

vii) evidence of good project/laboratory management skills; 

viii) the ability to strategize the goals of projects as well as design, conduct, and interpret experiments, under the mentorship of the Principal Investigator; and

ix) a strong interest in becoming a leader, conducting interdisciplinary research with collaborators in other fields, and mentoring students


The DSL was established sixteen years ago by Prof. Maurizio Porfiri (Institute Professor at Tandon School of Engineering and Director of the Center for Urban Science and Progress, with appointments at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering, and the Center for Urban Science and Progress). The DSL is home to a highly collaborative, vibrant group of young scholars, with complementary expertise across theory, experiments, and computations. The director, Prof. Porfiri, is the author of more than 350 journal publications and the recipient of numerous professional awards (Wikipedia/Maurizio_Porfiri).



Candidates are encouraged to contact Prof. Porfiri via email or apply through Interfolio here. Candidates should include a detailed curriculum vitae, a one-page cover letter, a statement of past research experience, and a list of references. The cover letter should include applicants’ research interests, and their future plans, both in general and research-wise. Review of applications will begin immediately, and candidates are expected to join as early as June 2024.

In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary for this position is
$62,500. New York University considers factors such as (but not limited to) the specific grant
funding and the terms of the research grant when extending an offer.


Professor Porfiri:
Laboratory Manager:

  • New York University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NYU does not discriminate due to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability, unemployment status or any other legally protected basis, and to the extent permitted by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

  • Maurizio Porfiri
    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering - Biomedical Engineering
    New York University
    Brooklyn, NY


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