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Research opportunities in discrete mathematics

In today's data-driven, connected world, there is a need for mathematicians who can model and mine complex networks. With diverse expertise and extensive success obtaining research funding, our faculty members can offer students a variety of challenging, high-quality projects year after year.

"I was lucky to join the group and research random graph models of online social networks. I gained experience combining graph theory with real world application, and eventually landed the role of Data Scientist at Twitter."

Pardis Noorzad, Head of Data Science at Carbon Health

What We're Looking For

Research work in discrete mathematics is challenging. Successful candidates are highly motivated, intellectually curious and eager to work hard at developing their skills.

Every year, we have research openings for students and highly qualified personnel (HQPs), including: 

  • postdoctoral fellows
  • PhD students
  • Masters students
  • Bachelors students

Skills & Academic Background

Students should have a background in mathematics, computer science or engineering. Our research falls into two categories, each with its own requirements:

 Applied Math Research– Interest in applying math to real-world problems. Solid coding and programming skills in place. Some familiarity with machine learning and data science is highly advised.

 Pure Math Research – Interest in abstract thinking and theoretical math, even if no immediate or obvious applications are in sight. Outside of a background in mathematics, no specialized training required. 

If you'd like to gain research experience in discrete mathematics, identify your interest area and reach out to the supervising professor to discuss the possibility of working together.