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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Statistics at the University of Connecticut (UConn) invites applications for a postdoctoral associate position under the mentorship of Dr. Kun Chen ( This position is open immediately until filled, with an anticipated start date in Spring 2021. The initial appointment is for one year with an expected appointment length of 2-3 years upon satisfactory performance and funding availability.

This position involves primarily NIH-funded statistical and machine learning research in the following directions:
1. Statistical theory and methodology for data integration and data fusion.
2. Statistical theory and methodology for transfer learning.
3. Statistical and machine learning methods for building risk prediction models for rare events, in particular, suicide and mental health related outcomes, with large-scale EHR and medical claims data.

For introductions to the related projects, please check the following:

Besides solid training in methodological research, the fellow will also gain collaborative and interdisciplinary research experiences in a diverse research team of statisticians, computer scientists, behavioral science and population health researchers, and clinicians. In particular, the fellow is expected to collaborate closely with the Center for Population Health at the UConn Health Center (

The position is full-time, 12-month, with an anticipated start date in Spring 2021. The appointment is for 1 year with an expected appointment length of 2-3 years upon satisfactory performance and funding availability. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and interests.
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Position Qualifications

Ph.D. in statistics, biostatistics, computer science, or related quantitative fields.

Research experience in statistical and machine learning theory/methodology; proficiency/experience in R/Python/C++; excellent writing and communication skills.