Simons-Berkeley Postdoctoral Fellowship | Call for applications

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Simons Foundation has provided special funding for five prestigious one- or two-year postdoctoral fellowship positions starting in Fall 2021. This Simons-Berkeley Postdoctoral Fellowship provides postdocs with the ability to collaborate with UC Berkeley faculty as well as the opportunity to participate in Simons Institute programs. As part of the application process, we encourage applicants to identify one or more UC Berkeley faculty members with whom they would like to collaborate.

The Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing is a major international venue for collaborative research in theoretical computer science and related fields. Housed in Calvin Lab, a dedicated building on the UC Berkeley campus, the Institute provides a vibrant and welcoming environment for visiting researchers. Across each academic semester, the activities of the Institute are largely focused on specific research programs, each of which attracts around sixty long-term participants ranging from senior scientists to graduate students. Created in 2012 through a grant from the Simons Foundation, the Institute opened its doors in Fall 2013.

In 2021-22, the Institute will host four research programs on the following topics: in Fall 2021, "Computational Complexity of Statistical Inference," and "Geometric Methods in Optimization and Sampling" and in Spring 2022, "Causality" and "Learning and Games." Descriptions of these programs and other information about the Institute can be found at

The Institute invites applications for five Simons-Berkeley Postdoctoral Fellowships for one- or two-year terms commencing Fall 2021. Simons-Berkeley Postdoctoral Fellowships are intended for exceptional young scientists (no more than five years from the award of their PhD at the start of academic year 2021–22).

Please note that to qualify for this program applicants may not have more than five years of postdoctoral experience, nor have previously held a tenure-track professorial appointment, including assistant professor, associate professor, or professor. 

Salaries and benefits are competitive, and assistance with visas and housing will be provided.

The Institute particularly encourages applications from women and minority candidates.

Application Instructions
Each applicant should prepare the following documents in a single PDF file:

  • Cover letter, briefly describing your interest in the position, whether you are applying for one year or two, and the names of any UC Berkeley faculty members with whom you would like to collaborate
  • Curriculum vitae, including a full list of publications
  • Research statement 

In addition, applicants must submit the names and email addresses of three recommenders. When an applicant submits this form, each recommender will receive an automatically generated request for a letter of recommendation. However, it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all three letters of recommendation are submitted on time.

The call for 2021/22 fellowships is open. To apply, please complete the application form before December 15.

The deadline for receipt of complete application materials (except recommendation letters) is December 15; late applications will not be considered. The deadline for receipt of recommendation letters is December 31. For questions, please contact our Visitor Services Team via email at simonsvisitorservices [at]