PIMS 2018-2019 Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition Now Open

  • Date: 08/16/2017

The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) invites nominations of outstanding young researchers in the mathematical sciences for Postdoctoral Fellowships for the year 2018-2019. Candidates must be nominated by a scientist or Department affiliated with PIMS. The fellowships are intended to supplement support provided by the sponsor, and are tenable at any of the PIMS Canadian member universities: the University of Alberta, the University of British Columbia, the University of Calgary, the University of Lethbridge, the University of Manitoba, the University of Regina, the University of Saskatchewan, Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria.

Program Features

Nominees must have a Ph.D. or equivalent (or expect to receive a Ph.D. by December 31, 2018). Applicants and sponsors are responsible for ensuring that any institutional degree requirements at the sponsoring institution are also met. The fellowship may be taken up at any time between September 1, 2018 and January 1, 2019. The fellowship is for one year and is renewable, contingent on satisfactory progress, for at most one additional year. The amount of the PIMS award is typically $25,000 and the sponsor(s) is (are) required to provide additional funds to finance a minimum total stipend of $50,000. PIMS Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to participate in all PIMS activities related to the fellow's area of expertise and will be encouraged to spend time at more than one site. To ensure that PIMS Postdoctoral Fellows are able to participate fully in Institute activities, they may not teach more than two single-term courses per year.

Application Process

The PIMS PDF nomination/application process takes place entirely online, utilizing the MathJobs service provided by the American Mathematical Society. Having selected their nominees, sponsors direct them to apply online at mathjobs.org/jobs/PIMS. (Detailed instructions regarding all aspects of the MathJobs application procedure may be found in the online MathJobs user guides.) Please note that application is by nomination only; unsolicited applications will not be considered. Also note that all nominees, including those associated with PIMS Collaborative Research Groups must apply through MathJobs.


  • Nominees should upload a list of publications, a curriculum vitae and a statement of research interests. Special justification statements should be included if the applicant plans to either (i) continue to work with his/her PhD advisor, or (ii) remain at their current institution.
  • Sponsors must upload both their own reference letters and separate statements of financial support that identify the sources of matching funds and the level of teaching required by the candidate in as much detail as possible. Vague or incomplete statements may influence the panel's decision. Sponsors will receive instructions as to how to proceed via an email from MathJobs. [Note: The sponsor's reference letter and statement of financial support may be combined into a single .pdf file.]
  • Nominees should arrange for (at least) two additional reference letters to be uploaded to MathJobs. At least one of these should be preferably from an outside referee who is at arm’s length from the candidate and/or his/her PhD advisor and/or his/her sponsor.

Selection Criteria

Rankings of candidates are made by the PIMS PDF Review Panel based on the following criteria:

  • The scientific qualifications of the candidate
  • The fit between the research interests of the candidate and those of the sponsor; and
  • Adequacy of matching funds.


Complete applications must be uploaded to MathJobs by December 1, 2017. Awards will be made beginning late January, 2018. For further information, visit: http://www.pims.math.ca/scientific/postdoctoral or contact: deputy-director@pims.math.ca.