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Deadline: 2016-12-02
Location: Bangalore, India

ICTS-Simons postdoctoral fellowship, Bangalore, India

The International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) invites applications for the ICTS-Simons postdoctoral Fellowship 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. ICTS provides a stimulating intellectual atmosphere and state-of-the-art facilities for academic research. In addition to the vibrant in-house research program, fellows will also have opportunity to interact with leading scientists from all over the world through collaborative visits, workshops and conferences, funded by the program.

ELIGIBILITY:
Applications are invited from highly qualified young scientists with proven track record. Candidates must have a PhD degree in physics, mathematics, astronomy, theoretical physical chemistry, theoretical physical biology and related fields.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:
The salary will Rs. 60,000 per month and the 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. 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.

ABOUT ICTS:
ICTS is a new initiative in Indian science with a mandate to foster excellence in the basic sciences through its programs and to be a node for scientific information and values. Apart from hosting a large number of visitor-driven academic programs, ICTS runs world-class in-house research programs in three broad areas: spacetime physics, complex systems and mathematics (https://www.icts.res.in/research). ICTS hosts strong visitors and associates programs, a highly competitive graduate school as well as a devoted postdoctoral program that forms an integral part of the in-house research. A state-of-the-art residential campus is ready to provide vibrant academic environment. Located in Bangalore, the garden city of India, with pleasant and moderate climate, ICTS maintains close ties with the world-class scholastic ambience of the city.

The ICTS Astrophysical Relativity group (https://www.icts.res.in/research/astrorel) includes Parameswaran Ajith (faculty), Bala Iyer (Simons visiting professor), Nathan K Johnson-McDaniel, Arunava Mukherjee, Sumit Kumar, Haris M K (postdocs), Abhirup Ghosh, Ajit Kumar Mehta (graduate students) and several visiting undergraduate students. K. G. Arun, Sascha Husa, Mark Hannam, Badri Krishnan and Tarun Souradeep are visiting associates. The group’s research interest include gravitational-wave source modeling, data analysis including parameter estimation, tests of general relativity using gravitational-wave observations and astrophysics. The group is an active member group in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the IndIGO consortium. The group hosts a 1000 core LIGO Tier-3 grid computing cluster and has access to other high-performance facilities at ICTS. We organize several ICTS programs every year, including the annual ICTS summer schools on gravitational wave astronomy.

HOW TO APPLY:
Interested candidates should apply online with their curriculum vitae, list of publications, a research proposal (not more than two pages) and a covering letter. Three recommendation letters also have to be uploaded online by the referees.

The deadline is December 2, 2016, but applications will be considered until the positions are filled. The nominal starting date of September 1, 2017 is negotiable. Informal queries may be directly addressed to the ICTS faculty members.