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Deadline: 2018-12-01
Location: Bangalore, India

ICTS-Simons Postdoctoral Fellowships in Bangalore, India

The International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS), TIFR invites applications for the ICTS-Simons Postdoctoral Fellowships. 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. Individuals who have submitted their doctoral thesis can also apply.

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, depending on a review of the scientific activity of the Fellow.

HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates should apply online (https://www.icts.res.in/opportunities/simons-fall-2018) 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. Nominal deadline is 1 December 2018, but applications will be considered until the positions are filled. The nominal starting date of 1 September 2019 is negotiable.  These applicants will also be considered for other postdoc positions at ICTS.

ABOUT ICTS
ICTS is a new initiative in Indian science with a mandate to contribute to frontier research by providing a platform devoted to theoretical natural sciences and interdisciplinary and applied mathematics through its various programs. The current in-house research program focusses on astrophysical relativity, numerical linear algebra, computational science, data assimilation, dynamical systems, non-linear dynamics, fluid mechanics, mathematical physics and geometry, physical biology, statistical mechanics and turbulence, condensed matter physics, and string theory (www.icts.res.in/research). ICTS hosts strong visitors and associates driven 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.

ASTROPHYSICAL RELATIVITY AT ICTS
The ICTS Astrophysical Relativity group (https://www.icts.res.in/research/astrorel) includes faculty members Parameswaran Ajith and Bala R Iyer, postdocs Haris M K, Rahul Kashyap and Gayathri Raman (postdocs) and several students. Rana Adhikari, K. G. Arun, Mark Hannam, Sascha Husa, Badri Krishnan, B.S. Sathyaprakash and Anand Sengupta 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 1500 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.