PIMS Postdoctoral Training Centre in Stochastics (PTCS)


In recent months, PIMS has been pleased to report on renewed funding to the amount of $7.45 million from both NSERC and the Alberta Government. As part of this funding, PIMS will be launching 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. The program has already attracted $550,000 in NSF funds for our University of Washington site, in addition to the support from the Province of Alberta. The PTCS will organize summer schools in probability and mathematical finance, develop networking between PIMS sites as well as with groups in Microsoft Research and Eastern Canada and support visits by distinguished visitors.

The program will be directed by Ed Perkins (UBC) and activities are scheduled to begin in 2015.



PCTS Retreat 2016

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 Second Annual PTCS Retreat will be held Sept. 23-25, 2016 at BIRS. More information is available on the BIRS event webpage.
    • 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


Current Postdoctoral Fellowships

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


University of Alberta

  • Khoa Le (U. Kansas) 2016-2018 - at University of Alberta for the second year of his fellowship
  • Gerardo Barrera Vargas (CIMAT) 2017-19
  • Dan Kelleher (Purdue) 2017-2018
  • Shirou Wang (Chinese Academy of Sciences) 2017-18
  • Gerardo Barrera Vargas (CIMAT) 2017-19


University of British Columbia

  • Richard Balka (U. Washington) 2015-18
  • Mathav Murugan (Cornell U.) 2015-18
  • Martin Lohmann, (Hausdorff Institute) 2017-19


University of Calgary

  • Jonathan Chavez Casillas (Purdue U.) 2015-2017
  • Khoa Le (U. Kansas) 2016-2018 - at University of Calgary for the first year of his fellowship


Simon Fraser University

  • Simone Brugiapaglia (Politecnico di Milano) 2016-2018


University of Washington (funded by NSF)

  • Zhenan Wang (Northwestern U.) 2015-2017
  • Noah Forman (U. Cambridge) 2016-2018
  • Liping Xu (LPMA-UPMC) 2017-2019


Applications for postdoctoral fellowships

Applicants should apply for a position at individual PIMS sites, rather than directly to the PTCS. The 2016 competition is now closed.

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


University of British Columbia:


University of Calgary:


University of Regina:


University of Saskatchewan: