Post-doctoral Programme

The Institute welcomes applications for post-doctoral fellowships in all areas of Theoretical Physics, Mathematics, Theoretical Computer Science and Computational Biology, but particularly in those of interest to faculty members here.

General Structure
Post-doctoral fellows at IMSc need not be affiliated to individual faculty members and can choose to work independently or collaboratively. Post-doctoral fellows are expected to maintain a high standard of research as well as to contribute to IMSc activities, such as by giving regular talks, organising seminar series and participating in teaching and outreach.

Candidates are encouraged to first correspond with faculty members at IMSc whose interests overlap theirs. Outstanding applications will be considered even if there is no overlap with our faculty's current interests. Post-doctoral fellowships are normally awarded for one year initially, but can be extended by up to an additional year.

Applicants should have completed the requirements for a PhD in their respective discipline. At the time of appointment the applicant should have submitted their doctoral thesis. (It is not essential that the thesis should have been defended, so long as it has been submitted.)

Post-doctoral fellowships come with salaries that range from Rs. 32,000, in case the thesis is submitted but not yet defended, upto a maximum of Rs. 40,000 per month for candidates with a PhD degree as well as post PhD experience. In addition a contingency grant of Rs. 32,000/year is provided. Medical coverage will be provided to the fellowship holder. While IMSc will attempt to provide furnished accomodation to all selected post-doctoral fellows, this is subject to availability. A house rent allowance (equal to 30% of the fellowship amount) can be provided in lieu of Institute accommodation.

Application Process
We recommend that prospective applicants contact specific faculty members in their areas of interest before applying. Applications should be sent by email to the Director, IMSc.

The application should contain a CV including a list of publications and a covering letter (with contact details including phone number, email address and postal address). The applicant should clearly mention that they are applying for a post-doctoral position in Theoretical Physics, Mathematics, Theoretical Computer Science or Computational Biology. The applicant should arrange for at least two reference letters from persons familiar with their research work to be sent directly to the Director (by email/post).

The application material and all subsequent correspondence should be sent to:

The Director
The Institute of Mathematical Sciences
C.I.T. Campus, Taramani
Chennai 600 113, India
(Electronic correspondence is preferred.)

Selection Procedure
Upon receipt of the application, the candidate will receive an acknowledgement. The application will be ready for processing once all application material including the reference letters are received.

Selection Timeline
Applications are accepted all year round. Post doctoral selection committees meet at least twice a year, typically in March and September and decisions are made within a few weeks of the meeting. Applicants may contact the director by email in case of excessive delays.

Other information
If you have more questions about our application procedures, about your eligibility or simply about life and work at IMSc, do write to any of the faculty members or post doctoral fellows listed on our home page.