Simons Postdoctoral Fellowship Announcement

The Theory of Computation (TOC) group at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT is seeking candidates for a post-doctoral position in the general area of the theory of computation. Applicants in all areas of theory are encouraged to apply, including (but not exclusive to) algorithms, complexity theory, combinatorial optimization, cryptography, distributed computing, game theory and computation, geometry, parallel computing, and quantum computing. This fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from the Simons Foundation.

The fellowship is a two year position, starting the summer or fall of 2012. The fellowship stipend is gauged to attract the highest caliber of applicants. Generous funds for scientific travel will be available for use at the fellow’s discretion. Fellows will be assigned a faculty member close to their research interests from the TOC group. Fellows will be encouraged (although not required) to teach a graduate seminar in their area of research.

Eligibility: Candidates must receive their PhD during the academic year immediately preceding that in which the fellowship would begin. There are no other restrictions based on nationality or any other basis.

Application Process: Candidate applications should include a description of professional interests and goals in research. Each application should include a curriculum vitae and the names and addresses of three or more individuals who will provide letters of recommendation. Letter writers should submit their letters directly to MIT to the address below. Please submit complete applications by January 6, 2012.

Address to submit application: All application materials and recommendation letters should be sent electronically to theory-postdoc@csail.mit.edu. The candidate’s name should be included in the subject line of the email. Alternatively, the materials can be also sent to the following address:
Simons Postdoctoral Fellowship, c/o Joanne Hanley
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
The Stata Center, Building 32-G672A
32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.

2 Responses to “Simons Postdoctoral Fellowship Announcement”

  1. Micki St. James Says:

    Speaking of quantum news … is there anything to this paper which is making twitter waves:
    http://lanl.arxiv.org/PS_cache/arxiv/pdf/1111/1111.3328v1.pdf

  2. Micki St. James Says:

    And the refutation is already at hand at
    http://motls.blogspot.com/2011/11/nature-hypes-anti-qm-crackpot-paper-by.html
    The sleight of hand was letting the unwary make the
    hidden assumption that |0> and |+> are orthogonal.

    I guess I believe in Twitter though. Watching the console lights flash is way faster than even reading papers, let alone thinking about them.

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