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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Research Fellow positions, New Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, Berkeley CA (U.S.A.)

Simons-Berkeley Research Fellowships
The Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing is an exciting new venue for collaborative 
research in theoretical computer science and related fields. The Institute will be housed in a 
dedicated building on the UC Berkeley campus, and will act as a vibrant and welcoming environment 
for visiting researchers. In each academic semester the activities of the Institute are largely 
focused on specific research programs, each of which attracts thirty to forty participants ranging 
from senior scientists to graduate students.

The Institute was created in 2012 through a ten-year grant from the Simons Foundation, and its 
first semester of full-scale operation will be Fall 2013. The topics of the research programs for 
Fall 2013 are "Real Analysis in Computer Science" and "Theoretical Foundations of Big Data 
Analysis," and the topics for Spring 2014 are "Algorithms and Models in Evolutionary Biology" 
and "Quantum Hamiltonian Complexity." Descriptions of these programs and other information about 
the Institute can be found at http://simons.berkeley.edu.

The Institute invites applications for Simons-Berkeley Research Fellowships for the Fall 2013 and 
Spring 2014 semesters. Simons-Berkeley Research Fellowships are intended for exceptional young 
scientists (within at most six years of the award of their Ph.D.). Applicants who already hold 
junior faculty or postdoctoral positions are welcome to apply. In particular, applicants who hold, 
or expect to hold, postdoctoral appointments at other institutions are encouraged to apply to 
spend one semester as a Simons-Berkeley Fellow subject to the approval of the postdoctoral 

About sixteen Fellowships will be supported by the Institute each semester; the majority of 
these are for one semester, but several appointments for a full academic year are expected to be 
made. Applicants receiving financial support from their home institution, foundations or 
governments are also welcome to apply. In each semester of residence each Fellow will normally 
participate in at least one of the ongoing programs at the Institute.

In addition, the Institute co-hosts joint fellowships in which a fellow spends a period 
(typically one semester) as a Simons-Berkeley Fellow and is also appointed to a postdoctoral 
position at a partner institution. Partner institutions include: the Lawrence Berkeley National 
Laboratory; the International Computer Science Institute; the I-CORE Israeli Centers of Excellence;
the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrcken, Germany, and IIIS, Tsinghua University, 
China. Applicants interested in such a joint fellowship should apply to the partner institution 
directly at the indicated link.

Salaries and benefits are competitive and assistance with visas and housing will be provided. The 
Institute particularly encourages applications from women and minority candidates.

Application Instructions
Each applicant for Fall 2013 or Spring 2014, or both, should submit the following documents (as 
PDF files) in a single email to fellow-apps@lists.simons.berkeley.edu: 

cover letter, including current institution and employment status, (expected) date of Ph.D., and 
a statement indicating the program (or programs) in which you wish to participate, and why; 
curriculum vitae, including full list of publications; 
research statement; 
names and email addresses of exactly three recommenders. 
In addition, all applicants should ensure that their three recommenders email their letters (as 
PDF files) to the email address above, with the subject line ": recommendation". 
(Note: It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the letters are sent; the Institute 
will not solicit letters directly.)

The deadline for receipt of all application materials, including recommendation letters, is January
15, 2013.