The International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) invites applications for the ICTS Simons Fellows Program. This program, funded by a targeted grant to ICTS by the Simons Foundation, is aimed at attracting world-leading young researchers to ICTS as postdoctoral fellows.
Applications are invited from highly qualified young scientists with proven track record. Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in physics, mathematics, astronomy or theoretical physical chemistry.
Salary and Benefits
The initial appointment will be for two years, with possibility of extension up to a third year. Renewal for the third year will depend on a comprehensive review of the scientific activity of the Fellow. The salary will be comparable to that of a junior faculty member (Rs. 60,000 per month). Fellows can also opt for free Institute accommodation or a house rent allowance of Rs. 15,000 per month. In addition, Fellows receive health insurance, travel support up to Rs. 200,000 per year and a research grant of Rs. 200,000 per year for computing services, publications, relocation, and other direct costs. Fellows will also have the opportunity to apply for additional travel and research grants offered by the national funding agencies.
Established in 2007, ICTS is a new initiative in Indian science. Its aim is to foster excellence in the basic sciences through its programs, interactions and cross-fertilization between disciplines and be a node for scientific information and values. Apart from organizing and hosting a large number of visitor-driven academic programs, ICTS is also in the process of developing a world-class in-house research program. Current focus of the in-house research, driven by a team of young and vibrant faculty, is on astrophysical relativity, data assimilation and dynamical systems, physical biology, statistical physics and turbulence, and string theory and quantum gravity. ICTS also has a strong visitor and associates program. A state-of-the-art residential campus will be ready by early 2015. Starting from 2015, all the ICTS programs will be organized at the new campus and the fellows will have the opportunity to be part of this vibrant academic environment. ICTS is located in Bangalore, a highly cosmopolitan city, the IT hub of India, that boasts a pleasant and moderate climate, and is known as the garden city of India.
How to Apply
Interested candidates are requested to apply online at the URL given below with their CV, list of publications, a research proposal of not more than two pages, and a covering letter (PDF). The applicants also need to arrange at least three recommendation letters sent directly to the ICTS. The nominal deadline is 31 January 2015; but applications will be considered until the positions are filled. The nominal starting date of 1 September 2015 is negotiable. Applicants will be automatically considered for other postdoctoral fellowships at ICTS. Informal queries may be addressed to the ICTS faculty.