PIMS Postdoctoral Training Centre in Stochastics (PTCS)


In 2015, PIMS was been pleased to receive renewed funding to the amount of $7.45 million from both NSERC and the Alberta Government. As part of this funding, PIMS launched the PIMS Postdoctoral Training Centre in Stochastics (PTCS).
PIMS has world class groups in probability theory and its applications, and these groups have an excellent track record of postdoctoral supervision and placement. These groups will come together through the new PIMS PTCS to train an outstanding cadre of postdoctoral fellows. This program has attracted $550,000 in NSF funds for our University of Washington site, in addition to the support from the Province of Alberta. The PTCS organizes summer schools in probability and mathematical finance, develops networking between PIMS sites as well as with groups in Microsoft Research and Eastern Canada, and supports visits by distinguished visitors.

The program is directed by Ed Perkins (UBC, 2015-17) and Martin Barlow (UBC, 2017-18).



PTCS Retreat 2018


The PTCS Retreat takes place annually and is an excellent opportunity for fellows, faculty and graduate students to interact and discuss probability in a relaxed atmosphere. In past years, it has been held at the BIRS facility in Banff and features prominent lectures as well as interactive discussions of open problems in the field. The PTCS gratefully acknowledges the support provided by BIRS for these events.


  • The Fourth Annual PTCS Retreat will be held at BIRS Oct. 12-14/18. It will feature lectures by 9 young researchers in stochastics at PIMS universities. More information is available on the BIRS event webpage.


  • The Third Annual PTCS Retreat was held Oct. 20-22, 2017 at BIRS. More information is available on the BIRS event webpage (report).

PTCS BIRS Meeting 2017
  • The Second PTCS Retreat was held Sept. 23-25, 2016 at BIRS. More information is available on the BIRS event webpage. Here are slides of some of the talks.  
    • Miki Racz: Statistical inference in non-Equilibrium networks (slides)
    • Nicholas Beaton: Self-avoiding polygons in confined geometries (slides)
    • Mathav Murugan: Elliptic Harnack Inequalities (slides)
    • Simone Brugiapaglia: Sparse Approximation of PDEs based on Compressed Sensing (slides)

    PTCS BIRS Meeting

  • The First Annual PTCS Retreat was held Sept. 18-20, 2015 at BIRS. The schedule of lectures may be found on the BIRS event webpage

  • PTCS BIRS Meeting


Probability Day at UBC

Hosted at PIMS by UBC's Probability group, this one day seminar series will feature lectures provided by noted probabilists. The events will be shared by video-conferencing upon request. Please contact iana@pims.math.ca if you would like to take part remotely via BlueJeans.

A full schedule of events is available on the event webpage



Other PTCS Events

  • The PNW Probability Seminar will be hosted by Microsoft Research on Sat. Nov. 4 in Redmond, WA. Information about the meeting is available on the seminar web page.

Current Postdoctoral Fellowships

The following PTCS fellowships have been awarded. The previous institution of the awardee is indicated in parentheses.


University of Alberta

  • Shirou Wang (Chinese Academy of Sciences) 2017-19
  • Gerardo Barrera Vargas (CIMAT) 2017-19


University of British Columbia

  • Martin Lohmann, (Hausdorff Institute) 2017-19
  • Yinon Spinka (Tel Aviv University) 2018-2021


University of Calgary

  • Wenning-Wei (Fudan University) 2017-


Simon Fraser University

  • Simone Brugiapaglia (Politecnico di Milano) 2016-2019


University of Washington (funded by NSF)

  • Noah Forman (U. Cambridge) 2016-2018
  • Moumanti Podder (NYU) (2018-2020)
  • Liping Xu (LPMA-UPMC) 2017-2019


Applications for postdoctoral fellowships


Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship in probability and statistics at a PIMS site in Canada: U. Alberta, U. British Columbia (Vancouver or Okanagan sites), U. Calgary, U. Lethbridge, U. Manitoba, U.Regina, U. Saskatchewan, Simon Fraser U. or U. Victoria. The fellowship is being supported by the PIMS Probability Training Centre in Stochastics (PTCS) and is offered jointly by CANSSI and PIMS.

Positions are for two years (subject to review each year), normally starting no later than September 1, 2019. Applicants should have recently obtained (2016 or later), or expect to receive prior to the start of the position, a PhD in mathematics, statistics, or a closely related discipline. Applicants should demonstrate excellent potential in research and teaching in probability or statistics, with the ideal applicant having expertise in both fields. Salary and specific working conditions such as teaching load (if any) depend on the particular site. Positions are open to individuals of any nationality.

Applicants should apply to the Dept. of Mathematics or The Dept. of Statistics at the site where they wish to hold the award and use the application procedure recommended at this site. The application should include a CV, a list of all publications, statements of research and teaching interests, and applicants should arrange for three or more letters of recommendation to be sent, one of which should address teaching ability. The cover letter should explicitly mention the PTCS postdoctoral position. To receive full consideration applicants should apply by January 13, 2019. Applications received after this date may also be considered.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Please see the links below for details about the program at each site.


University of British Columbia:


University of Calgary:


University of Regina: