A call for postdocs

One of the things that I really enjoy about Caltech is the fact that we always have lots of amazing postdocs floating around…  For example, right now we’re lucky enough to have Siddharth Barman, Umang Bhaskar, and Yakov Babichenko doing joint CMI/SISL postdocs.

The thing I love about having postdocs around is how much I learn from them while they’re here.  Since we get postdocs in a wide variety of areas, they always come in as experts in some area that I wish I knew more about, and then, by the end of their stay, they’ve taught me a lot!  We actually formalize that process here at Caltech by having new postdocs give 3+ hour mini-courses the first term they arrive.  These are attended by nearly all of the related faculty and grad students…so by the end of the first few months, the postdocs have had a chance to train everyone enough to make them good candidates for collaboration!

All of that was a long intro to an advertisement…

We’re looking for new postdocs this year!

The areas we’re looking for are quite broad — we’re just looking for strong people doing interesting, theoretically-oriented work in CS/EE/Econ/Applied Math.   Interested folks should apply through either the CMI program or the Resnick Institute, whichever is more relevant.   Note that it is not just Katrina, Mani, Steven, and myself who will be looking at applicants to these programs.  Faculty all across CS, EE, Economics, CDS, and Applied Math will be looking for strong applications.

But, we (Katrina, Mani, Steven, and I) do have a few specific areas in which we’re looking for folks.  We are hoping to find strong candidates in CS/Econ, Energy, and Privacy.  We’d love to find 2-3 people just across these areas…

Of course, both postdoc programs are extremely competitive, but they are also really appealing.  The postdocs that are selected are not tied to any one faculty member or project.  They can come in and define their own agendas, and work with whomever they’d like.  This flexibility has led to really exciting results, and a high rate of placing postdocs in top faculty positions.   Especially in the CS/Econ area, this flexibility is really unique.  There are lots of Economists here at Caltech that work very closely with postdocs in the CS/Econ area, including Federico Echenique, Matt Elliott, John Ledyard, and Leeat Yariv (among others).  It’s really rare to have a group of such strong economists that put up with us CS folk on a daily basis…

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