IMA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS (two-year support) beginning August 29, 2014, provide an excellent opportunity for mathematical scientists at the early stage of their career (within four years of obtaining their Ph.D. degree) who have a background and/or an interest in the wide variety of fields related to the 2014-2015 IMA Annual Program on "Discrete Structures: Analysis and Applications.” Topics of the program include, but are certainly not limited to: Probabilistic and Extremal Combinatorics; Additive and Analytic Combinatorics; Geometric and Enumerative Combinatorics; Convexity and Optimization: Theory and Applications; Determinism versus Randomization in Computation; Information Theory and Concentration Phenomenon; Graphical Models, Statistical Inference, and Algorithms; and Analytical Tools in Probability and Applications.
In the first year of the appointment, other than pursuing independent research projects under the mentorship of a senior researcher, fellows are required to participate in the Annual Program, interact with visitors, and attend professional development training sessions. In the second year, fellows are offered a variety of options to enhance their career development, including continued work on the fellow's established research program, participating in the 2015-2016 academic year program, teaching, and working on an industrial project.
Fellows receive an annual salary of $58,000 and are eligible for the University of Minnesota benefits package for full-time employees summarized at http://policy.umn.edu/prod/groups/president/@pub/@policy/@hr/documents/policy/postdocappoint_appa.pdf. In addition, fellows will have access to a professional travel budget of up to $3,000 per year.
Documentation of completion of all requirements for a doctoral degree in mathematics or a related area by the start of the appointment is required.
If in addition to this IMA Postdoctoral Fellowship, you wish to be considered for an IMA Industrial Postdoctoral Fellowship, please apply for that Industrial Postdoctoral Program separately (providing a separate personal statement) through MathJobs.org.
The research statement you submit is an important part of your application and it is very possible that the research statement you use for other postdoctoral applications will need to be augmented for this application. Your statement should not only outline your interests and goals, but should also indicate why the IMA Postdoctoral Fellowship and next year's Annual Program on “Discrete Structures: Analysis and Applications” would be a successful fit. (See http://www.ima.umn.edu/2014-2015/ for a description of next year's Annual Program.)