MSRI seeks applicants for four Postdoctoral Fellowships (PD) beginning Fall 2021.
Because of the likely crisis in academic jobs caused by the pandemic, the Simons Foundation is generously providing support for one-year postdoctoral positions in the mathematical sciences, beginning in Fall 2021. Four of these positions will be distributed through the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI). The positions will not be hosted at MSRI in Berkeley, California; they will take place at a mentor's home institution in the United States.
As these fellowship are not affiliated with MSRI’s on-site scientific programs, there is no restriction on fields within the mathematical sciences. Fellowships will only be awarded to postdocs who do not have a job or offer from another institution by February 1, 2021. Applications from women and historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.
Criteria for Eligibility:
The award provides support for 11 months.
The fellowship stipend is $7,750 per month (for a total of $85,250), with a travel subsidy for one round-trip from your current institution, up to a maximum of $600.
Additionally, PDs will have access to a research travel budget of $1000.
Health, dental and vision insurance is also provided.
Postdoctoral Fellows cannot receive any other monetary compensation during the PD fellowship.
Information for the Sponsoring Institutions:
The salary and health, dental and vision insurances will be paid through MSRI even though the applicant will be at the sponsoring institution.
The sponsoring institution will provide the usual amenities (office, telephone, computer, library access, etc…) to the PD.
If the PD is a foreign national, the sponsoring institution is responsible for providing the appropriate work visa.
All applications will be reviewed by the MSRI’s Scientific Advisory Committee and Human Resources Advisory Committee
Application Material Required:
The "Statement of Purpose" is a critical document that must include the justification of the choice of mentor and sponsoring institution as well as a research statement.
The letter from the mentor must confirm that their institution is willing to host the applicant for the academic year. The mentor should also confirm that they will follow the MSRI mentorship guidelines listed below.
To receive full consideration, it is essential that all application materials, including letters of support, be in place at the MathJobs website by December 1, 2020.
Postdoctoral Fellows Duties:
Most of the PD’s time should be spent on research activities including: paper writing, presentations at conferences or other institutions, and, if appropriate, preparing an NSF grant proposal.
We require commitment from the mentor at the host Institution that they will follow MSRI mentoring guidelines. The mentor must agree to designate a weekly meeting, at which some or all of the following items will be discussed:
Establishing a research plan including:
Discussing, at the beginning of the semester, the project(s) the PD is pursuing and the choice of future projects
Introducing the PD to senior researchers in the PD’s area
Advising on writing paper and giving feedback on paper drafts
Advising about publication (e.g. how quickly to publish a thesis, choosing and dealing with journals, etc.)
Advising on the writing of an NSF grant proposal; feedback on proposal drafts
Professional development; help with
- Advising on the writing of an NSF grant proposal; feedback on proposal drafts
- Writing a CV and a research and teaching statements
- Critiquing talks given by the PD; also advising on giving talks at national meetings
- Discussing the aspects of an academic career (proportion of research/teaching/service at various stages of one’s career; etc.)
We will ask for a quarterly report from mentor and PD on their experience and progress addressing these points.