Faculty Positions

IMSc welcomes applications for regular faculty positions with the designations Fellow, Reader, Professor in the broad areas of Theoretical Physics, Mathematics, Theoretical Computer Science and Computational Biology.

General Structure

IMSc Faculty members conduct research, advise graduate students, teach in our graduate programs, participate in outreach activities and have professional service responsibilites. Emoluments and benefits at IMSc are among the best available at academic institutions in India. In addition, the Institute has a liberal leave and sabbatical policy, is generous with travel support for scientific purposes and is assisted by a proactive and supportive administrative setup.

Institute Faculty accommodation at the IMSc housing complex "Lilavati" at Tiruvanmiyur, a few minutes from the seashore and about 4 kilometres from the Institute, is provided to faculty members, subject to availability.

Chennai itself is home to the second longest beach in the world and is one of India's most livable large cities.


The minimum qualification is a Ph.D. degree in any of the areas listed above or closely related ones. Successful faculty applicants typically have 2-6 years of post doctoral experience. We actively seek new faculty members in areas which we see as key to future developments in a given field, or in which we may leverage our specific strengths.

Application Process

Your application should include a CV, a detailed description of your current research interests and a concise outline of the course of research you plan for the near future. Also do arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be sent in confidence to the director at the address below. A teaching statement would be useful but is not essential.

To apply, send your application material to the following address:

The Director
The Institute of Mathematical Sciences
C.I.T. Campus, Taramani
Chennai 600 113, India
Email: director@imsc.res.in
(Electronic correspondence is preferred.)

Selection Procedure

We expect our applicants to have acquired some reasonable measure of international recognition. We value creativity highly and will evaluate your published work accordingly. At an intermediate stage of our evaluation of your application, we usually seek further input from an international group of referees in assessing your research.

We strongly encourage you to visit and spend time with us as part of your application process. While we cannot, typically, cover the costs of international air travel, we may be able to contribute to your travel within India to visit the Institute. During your visit, we will arrange a seminar, as well as individual meetings with several Institute members, in particular those whose interests overlap maximally with yours. To set up such a visit, write to the faculty member or members whose interests most nearly approximate yours or to the Director directly.

Selection Timeline

Typically, the interval between your applying to us and our making our decision should range from about 6 months to a year. In exceptional cases, however, accelerating this process for specific candidates whom we value very highly may be possible.

Other information
Independent of whether you are applying to IMSc, if your scientific interests are close to ours, we urge you to take advantage of our strong visitors program to get to know our Institute better.

For more information regarding applying to IMSc, please do write to any Institute faculty member or the Director.