Prospective students & postdocs: apply to Caltech!

It’s job application season again! While I happily suffered  through the application process in Fall 2006, Fall 2010 and Fall 2012, this year I will be participating in the festivities from the other side of the divide. My message is simple: all of you brilliant (aspiring to brilliance is also good), young (of the mind) computer scientists, mathematicians, physicists or otherwise, interested in theoretical computer science, discrete math, quantum information and related topics, apply to Caltech — you couldn’t dream a better place in where to set up and develop your research! (Not to mention the beach, mountains, movies, and weather of course.)

I will be extremely fortunate to be among two joining the faculty of the world no.1 university starting June 2014 as an assistant professor of computer science in the Department of Computing + Mathematical Sciences (CMS) and am looking forward to some great applicants this year, both at the Ph.D. and postdoc level. I encourage anyone interested to navigate through the websites of Caltech’s CMS, Center for the Mathematics of Information (CMI), Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (IQIM), and Physics department. (You should also check out IQIM’s excellent blog for a lively snapshot of what its members are up to.) You’ll find that, in spite of its small size, the interests of Caltech faculty span an impressive range, and I hope that, just like I did, you’ll suddenly realize that you need to get over here right away and start talking to these people!

Concretely, here is what you can do:

Undergraduate students applying for Ph.D. Apply directly on the Caltech admissions website. The deadline for applications is Dec. 15th.

Ph.D. students or postdocs applying for postdoctoral positions. Both CMI and IQIM, institutes in which CMS faculty take part, have openings for postdoc positions next year. For CMI, applications are due Dec. 20th here. For IQIM, applications are due Dec. 6th here.

I hope you’ll consider us, and look forward to welcoming some of you next Fall!

 

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