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MSRI will invite membership applications for the 2019-2020 academic year in the following positions:

Research Professors: Deadline October 1, 2018
Research Members:
December 1, 2018
Postdoctoral Fellows:
December 1, 2018

The application period will opened on August 1, 2018. The research programs for the academic year 2019-2020 appear below.
MSRI strives to include a diverse community of mathematicians in its programs. Recognizing that family issues can present barriers to participation, MSRI is committed to maintaining family-friendly policies and, when possible, facilitating appropriate arrangements for partners and children of program members. Some ways that this addressed include:
  • The Institute also employs a “Family Services Coordinator” who provides help in locating schools and other services for mathematicians considering coming to the Institute with their families. For information about childcare in the Berkeley area, see this page.
  • For women with children, MSRI provides financial support that makes it possible for them to fully take part in the program. This may take the form of reimbursement of childcare expenses incurred in Berkeley, or reimbursement of expenses incurred if the children stay home, thus allowing the member to attend the program.
  • The Complementary Program has a limited number of memberships that are open to both mathematicians whose interests align with those of the Director or Deputy Director, and mathematicians who are partners of invited members of a core program. Interested partners should apply for the position of Research Members in the Complementary Program through MathJobs www.mathjobs.org/jobs/MSRI (as described below).


  • Holomorphic Differentials in Mathematics and Physics
    August 12 - December 13, 2019
    Organized by: Jayadev Athreya (University of Washington), Steven Bradlow (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Sergei Gukov (California Institute of Technology), Andrew Neitzke (University of Texas), Anna Wienhard (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg), Anton Zorich (Institut de Mathematiques de Jussieu)
  • Microlocal Analysis
    August 12 - December 13, 2019
    Organized by: Pierre Albin (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Nalini Anantharaman (Université de Strasbourg), Kiril Datchev (Purdue University), Raluca Felea (Rochester Institute of Technology), Colin Guillarmou (École Normale Supérieure), Andras Vasy (Stanford University)
  • Quantum Symmetries
    January 20 - May 29, 2020
    Organized by: Vaughan Jones (Vanderbilt University), Scott Morrison (Australian National University), Victor Ostrik (University of Oregon), Emily Peters (Loyola University), Eric Rowell (Texas A & M University), Noah Snyder (Indiana University), Chelsea Walton (Temple University)
  • Higher Categories and Categorification
    January 20 - May 29, 2020
    Organized by: David Ayala (Montana State University), Clark Barwick (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), David Nadler (University of California, Berkeley), Emily Riehl (Johns Hopkins University), Marcy Robertson (University of Melbourne), Peter Teichner (Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik), Dominic Verity (Macquarie University)
  • Complementary Program (for mathematicians whose interests align with those of the Director or Deputy Director, and mathematicians who are partners of invited members of a core programs)

MSRI uses MathJobs to process applications for its positions. Interested candidates must apply online at https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/MSRI beginning August 1, 2018. At the MathJobs website, you will first create a login and fill out a Standard AMS Cover Sheet. Then you will be able to access the MSRI application form(s), pertinent to your areas of research. All applications will be reviewed by the MSRI Directorate, Scientific Advisory Committee, Human Resources Advisory Committee, and Program Organizers.

The process is explained at the MathJobs website; here we provide a brief summary. Each application has a supplementary list of questions, some relating to the particular position for which you are applying, and others being demographic questions, to which you must to respond. MSRI uses this information for reporting purposes only; it is made available to us as aggregate statistical data, and not as part of your individual application. On these pages you will be able to submit a CV and the names of people identified to submit letters of support. It is the applicant’s responsibility to inform those people how to submit their letters, and to insure that they are submitted before the application deadline. You will also be asked to submit a one page Statement of Purpose, describing your research goals and the particular relevance of the MSRI program to those goals.

Important Note on Visa Status: If you are not a US citizen or permanent resident, your visa status may severely limit or even eliminate the possibility of MSRI providing compensation or reimbursement for your expenses, as well as restricting the length of time that you can visit MSRI. You should therefore carefully indicate your visa status on your MathJobs application and investigate its terms.

If you presently hold an H1-B visa at another institution or might hold one at the time of your visit to MSRI, please check H1-B visa instructions before proceeding with your application. Severe restrictions apply to H1-B visa holders. Additional questions about these positions or programs can be directed to applications@msri.org.

MSRI has three appointment categories available to applicants:

Research Professors: Deadline October 1, 2018
Research Members: Deadline December 1, 2018
Postdoctoral Fellows: Deadline December 1, 2018

The Institute is committed to the principles of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.