The IMA postdoctoral program provides an excellent opportunity for mathematical scientists at the early stage of their career (within four years of obtaining their Ph.D. degree) to be fully engaged with the IMA annual program theme. Postdoctoral fellows are mentored by both a faculty member at the University of Minnesota and a long-term visitor connected with the annual thematic program. These pairings represent a significant opportunity for professional collaboration. Postdoctoral fellows are appointed for 12 months, receive an annual salary with full health care benefits, and a travel allowance.
The IMA focuses on two important aspects to ensure that the postdoctoral fellows have a positive, rewarding experience during their visit. First, the institute creates a stimulating, scientific atmosphere built around the Annual Thematic Program. This offers a unique environment for the postdoc to become truly immersed in one broad field of interdisciplinary mathematics. Second, the IMA dedicates a great deal of resources to mentoring, supporting, and nurturing its postdoctoral fellows.
Industrial Postdoctoral Fellowships
The IMA offers up to three two-year Industrial Postdoctoral Fellowships for recent Ph.D. scholars each year. These fellowships are designed to prepare the fellows for research careers in industry or those involving industrial interaction in academia. The industrial postdoc devotes half of their time to an industry project and half to their own research. Industrial postdocs receive a great deal of guidance as well as ample opportunities for collaboration with their industry mentor. These positions are funded jointly by the IMA and an industrial partner. Postdoctoral fellows are appointed for 12 months, receive an annual salary with full health care benefits, and a travel allowance.
Fellows conduct research and are given the opportunity to network and collaborate with an industry member. About half of the program’s participants go on to careers in industry or government labs, with the rest pursuing careers in academia.
Apply online for an industrial postdoc fellowship via the MathJobs.org website. The job posting includes a detailed description of the position and information on the application process, including deadline and the required application materials.