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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Postdoctoral Associate, Reinforcement Learning in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Postdoctoral Associate, Reinforcement Learning

  • Job Number: 20420

  • Functional Area: Research - Engineering

  • Department: Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

  • School Area: Schwarzman College of Computing

  • Employment Type: Full-Time Temporary

  • Employment Category: Exempt

  • Visa Sponsorship Available: Yes

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POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS)-Statistics and Data Science Center ( , to perform independent research in the area of reinforcement learning (RL), with a focus on the theoretical foundations of RL and bandits (such as sample complexity and computationally efficient methods) as well as possible applications in neuroscience. Will be mentored by Alexander Rakhlin (MIT).

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: a Ph.D. (expected or obtained) in statistics, engineering, computer science, mathematics, economics, operations research, or a related field; a solid background in probability and statistics/machine learning; strong analytical and written communication skills; ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary environment; and an interest in and willingness to participate in IDSS activities. Job #20420

In addition to applying online via the MIT HR website with a cover letter and CV, candidates must also submit the following documents in PDF format to AcademicJobsOnline at a research statement of up to four pages and the names and addresses of three or more individuals who will provide letters of recommendation. At least one letter-writer should be external to MIT. The letters must also be submitted directly through

The application deadline is December 15, 2021.

This will be a one-year appointment beginning on September 1, 2022 (or earlier), with the possibility of renewal for a second year based upon satisfactory performance.11/12/21