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MSRI will invite membership applications for the 2020-2021 academic year in the following positions:

Research Professors: Deadline October 1, 2019
Research Members:
December 1, 2019
Postdoctoral Fellows:
December 1, 2019

The application period will opened on August 1, 2019. The research programs for the academic year 2020-2021 appear below.
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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).

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  • Random and Arithmetic Strutures in Topology
    August 17 - December 18, 2020
    Organized by: Nicolas Bergeron (Université de Paris VI (Pierre et Marie Curie)), Jeffrey Brock (Brown University), Alexander Furman (University of Illinois at Chicago), Tsachik Gelander (Weizmann Institute of Science), Ursula Hamenstädt (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn), Fanny Kassel (Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHES)), Alan Reid (Rice University)
  • Decidability, definability and computability in number theory
    August 17 - December 18, 2020
    Organized by: Valentina Harizanov (George Washington University), Maryanthe Malliaris (University of Chicago), Barry Mazur (Harvard University), Russell Miller (Queens College, CUNY), Jonathan Pila (University of Oxford), Thomas Scanlon (University of California, Berkeley), Alexandra Shlapentokh (East Carolina University), Carlos Videla (Mount Royal University)
  • Mathematical problems in fluid dynamics
    January 19 - May 28, 2021
    Organized by: Thomas Alazard (École Normale Supérieure; Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)), Hajer Bahouri (Université Paris-Est Créteil Val-de-Marne; Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)), Mihaela Ifrim (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Igor Kukavica (University of Southern California), David Lannes (Université de Bordeaux I; Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)), Daniel Tataru (University of California, Berkeley)
MSRI uses MathJobs to process applications for its positions. Interested candidates must apply online at https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/MSRI beginning August 1, 2019. 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, 2019
Research Members: Deadline December 1, 2019
Postdoctoral Fellows: Deadline December 1, 2019

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