Participate

The Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing offers numerous ways for scientists to participate in the life of the Institute.

Propose a program: Proposals for programs are solicited from the worldwide theoretical CS community and may be submitted at any time; proposals are reviewed twice a year. To propose a program, see our current Call for Proposals or contact Associate Director Peter Bartlett.
 
Join a program: Senior researchers who would like to join one of our scheduled programs should contact the program organizers as early as possible. Please see the FAQ below for more information. Alternatively, researchers may apply to become long-term visitors. Junior researchers may also apply to become a Research Fellow at the Simons Institute.
 
Attend a workshop: Everyone may register to participate in one of our free-standing workshops or in a workshop attached to a particular program. A list of upcoming workshops may be found here. Self-registration for workshops generally becomes available approximately ten weeks in advance on the workshop's web page.
 
Attend a conference: The Institute periodically hosts major events, such as the IEEE Symposium on the Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS).
 
Attend lectures and seminars: The Institute hosts numerous lectures and seminars, including Richard M. Karp Distinguished Lectures intended for a broad scientific audience and specialist seminars associated with particular programs. These activities are open to the public. See our calendar for a list of all upcoming events at the Institute. You may sign up to receive email announcements for events associated with a current program on that program's web page.
 
Apply for a postdoctoral research fellowship: the opportunities below are for exceptional young scientists (within at most five years of the award of their PhD at the start of the academic year of their Fellowship).
  • As described above, the Simons Institute invites qualified applicants to apply for a Research Fellowship in a program.
  • Simons - Berkeley Postdoctoral Fellowships are a response to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the early career opportunities for emerging scientists. These one or two year fellowships commenced fall 2021.
  • Quantum Postdoctoral Researchers are one-year or two-year postdoctoral fellowship positions broadly in quantum computing, including quantum complexity theory and cryptography, quantum algorithms including quantum machine learning and quantum chemistry, and quantum information.
  • Machine Learning Postdoctoral Researchers are fellowship positions under the National Science Foundation's (NSF) program on Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science to establish the Foundations of Data Science Institute (FODSI) or the NSF Collaboration on the Theoretical Foundations of Deep Learning program.
Join as a Senior Researcher:
Apply for other opportunities:
  • A semester-long Law and Society Fellow addresses the broader societal implications of the techniques and technologies addressed within the Institutes programs.
  • A Science Communicator in Residence increases the visibility for theoretical computer science and supporting science communicators interested in covering the field during visits typically lasting one academic term.
 

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