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Member Application

MSRI will invite membership applications for the 2018-2019 academic year in the following positions: 

Research Professors: Deadline October 1, 2017
Research Members:
December 1, 2017
Postdoctoral Fellows:
December 1, 2017

The application period will open on August 1, 2017. The research programs for the academic year 2018-2019 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.  The Institute employs a “Family Services Coordinator” who provides help in locating schools and other services for mathematicians considering coming to the Institute with their families. In addition, the Complementary Program has a limited number of memberships that are open to mathematicians whose interests are not closely related to the core programs; special consideration will be given to mathematicians who are partners of an invited member 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). For information about childcare in the Berkeley area, see this page.

  • Hamiltonian systems, from topology to applications through analysis
    August 13 - December 14, 2018
    Organized by:  Rafael de la Llave (Georgia Institute of Technology), Albert Fathi (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon),  Vadim Kaloshin (University of Maryland),  Robert Littlejohn (University of California, Berkeley),  Philip Morrison (University of Texas at Austin),  Tere M. Seara (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya),  Serge Tabachnikov (Pennsylvania State University),  Amie Wilkinson (University of Chicago)
  • Derived Algebraic Geometry
    January 22 - May 24, 2019
    Organized by:    Julie Bergner (University of Virginia), Bhargav Bhatt (University of Michigan),  Dennis Gaitsgory (Harvard University),  David Nadler (University of California, Berkeley),  Nikita Rozenblyum (University of Chicago),  Peter Scholze (Universität Bonn),  Bertrand Toen (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)),  Gabriele Vezzosi (Università di Firenze)
  • Birational Geometry and Moduli Spaces
    January 22 - May 24, 2019
    Organized by:  Antonella Grassi (University of Pennsylvania), Christopher Hacon (University of Utah),  Sándor Kovács (University of Washington),  Mircea Mustaţă (University of Michigan),  Martin Olsson (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Complementary Program (for applicants in other areas of mathematics) 

MSRI uses MathJobs to process applications for its positions. Interested candidates must apply online at https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/MSRI beginning August 1, 2017. 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 holdersAdditional 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, 2017
Research Members: Deadline December 1, 2017
Postdoctoral Fellows: Deadline December 1, 2017

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