International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (ICTS-TIFR), Bengaluru host vibrant in-house postdoctoral program. Founded in 2007, ICTS is a new initiative in Indian science. It is conceived to contribute to the growth of excellence in the basic sciences through its programs, interactions and cross-fertilization between disciplines. ICTS provides a platform and infrastructure to organize various activities in theoretical natural sciences and mathematics.

ICTS has an active in-house research program. Current research spans the following broad areas: Complex systems: Non-linear dynamics and Data assimilation, Statistical physics, Fluid dynamics and turbulence, Condensed matter physics, Physical biology; Space-time physics: String theory and Quantum field theory, Astrophysical relativity; Mathematics: Differential geometry, Mathematical physics, Dynamical systems, Data assimilation, Monsoon dynamics, Analysis of partial differential equations and applications. Other areas under active consideration are cosmology, multiscale and complex systems including interfaces with theoretical biology, computer science and computational sciences with strong interface to other research areas at ICTS.  

ICTS invites application for various postdoctoral positions twice every year, once in summer (typical deadline for application: 20 June) and then in fall (typical deadline for application: 2 December). Interested candidates should apply online. Applications received after the deadline may also be considered till the positions are filled.

In addition to regular positions, ICTS offers several prize postdoctoral fellowships (Simons, Max-Planck Partner Group and CEFIPRA fellowships) for suitable candidates.

Duration of fellowships: Initial appointments will be for a period of two years, which will be renewable for the third year in exceptional cases after an academic review.

Applications are invited for CEFIPRA Postdoctoral Fellowships in Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics at the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS) of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Bangalore. This position is part of the joint project supported by Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research/Centre Franco-Indien pour la Promotion de la Recherche Avancée (IFCPAR/CEFIPRA) grant 6004-1. The CEFIPRA grant is between Manas Kulkarni from the International Center for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS-TIFR) in Bangalore and Camille Aron from École Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris. All applicants will be automatically considered for the regular ICTS postdoc positions also.

For more information contact either

- Camille Aron,

- Manas Kulkarni,

Eligibility Applications are invited from highly motivated young scientists with a proven track record. Candidates are expected to have a PhD in Physics or related fields with excellent track record. The main subject of interest will include many-body physics in open quantum systems, understanding non-equilibrium phenomena both from a fundamental perspective and from the point of view of applications. Postdoc candidates are expected to have a solid knowledge in statistical physics and have an interest in non-equilibrium quantum physics. 

Salary and benefits The initial appointment will be for 2 years : 1 year at International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (ICTS-TIFR) in Bangalore and 1 year at the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris. A third year will be offered if performance is satisfactory and funds are available, within the project duration. 

How to apply Interested candidates can APPLY ONLINE with their CV, list of publications, a research proposal (not more than two pages) and a covering letter (PDF). The applicants also need to arrange at least two recommendation letters for this position. The deadline is June 20, 2019, but applications will be considered until the positions are filled. The nominal starting date of October 1, 2019 is negotiable.


Details for regular postdoctoral fellowship positions:

The honoraria applicable are as follows:

Designation Initial qualification Fellowship
(per month)
Regular postdoctoral fellows Thesis submitted 32,000/-
Ph.D 36,000/-
Ph.D + 1 year 38,000/-
Ph.D + 2 years 40,000/-

This fellowship carries an annual contingency grant of Rs 32,000/-.

Housing Rent Allowance: The postdoctoral fellows are eligible for ICTS accommodation (on/off campus) or compensation towards Housing Rent Allowance (HRA) as per current norms which for Bengaluru city is 30% of the honorarium.

Medical Benefits:  The postdoctoral fellows will be entitled for medical benefits as per current norms.

Research facilities: ICTS offers access to high-performance computing facilities, in-house library and to most scientific journals. Support for travel for participation in important international meetings is also available. Postdoctoral fellows will also have opportunities to participate in teaching of graduate courses at ICTS.

Apart from the regular faculty members, ICTS has an extended associate faculty actively involved in the research and program activities. ICTS organizes around 10-25 programs every year, on diverse topics not restricted to the research interests of the ICTS faculty. The Centre also has an extensive visitor program. Research groups at ICTS are part of, amongst others, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, Indian Initiative in Gravitational-Wave Observations, Mathematics and Climate Research Network, Indo-French Center for Applied Mathematics, etc. click here for more information.

For details of the prize postdoctoral fellowship positions, please refer to respective pages (Simons, Max-Planck Partner Group and CEFIPRA fellowships).

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