Postdocs available, lots of postdocs…

We always have a large number of postdocs around at Caltech (we usually have ~20+), and this year is no exception.  Our application site just went live, so please help me spread the word.  We have (multiple) postdoc openings in all of the following areas in CMS:

I am personally looking for postdocs as part of the first four programs.  Don’t worry too much about which program is best suited for you when you apply, the backend of the application site is unified so that all faculty can easily see all the applicants.  Just be sure to mark the names of the faculty that you are most interested in working with when you go through the application process.

I’m generally looking for postdocs in the areas of Network Economics, Smart Grid, and Online Algorithms, but a few areas that I’m particularly hoping to find people in are: (i) digital platforms (any flavor of research, from measurement to modeling to economic analysis), (ii) markets surrounding data, (iii) electricity markets for demand response and renewables, (iv) online optimization or, more broadly, online algorithms.  So, if you’re interested in these areas please apply (and send me mail)!

A call for postdoc applications

It’s that time again — our Center for the Mathematics of Informaion (CMI) call for postdoc applications is now up.

As I wrote last year at this same time, one of the things I really enjoy about Caltech is the fact that we always have lots of amazing postdocs floating around…  This year, that is especially true. Siddharth Barman and Enrique Mallada are around RSRG for one more year, and we have a whole cast of new postdocs just getting settled in: Quentin Berthet, Dvijotham Krishnamurthy, Georgios Piliouras, and Piyush Srivastava.

This year, we’re looking pretty broadly for postdocs again.  The CMI program considers postdocs in all areas of applied math, CS, and EE — basically, it just looks for strong people doing interesting, theoretically-oriented work. And, it’s important to say that it’s 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.  That said, 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, Privacy, and Data Markets.  We’d love to find 2-3 people just across these areas…

A great thing about the CMI program is that 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…

Resnick Sustainability Institute Post-Doctoral Fellowship

I’d like to announce a postdoc opportunity at Caltech for those on the energy-side of things.  The program is run by the Resnick Institute, which is the overarching center for energy research of all forms on campus.  It includes the things that we (Steven, Mani, me, etc) do in power systems, as well as lots of other activities across materials, chemistry, physics, aeronautics, etc.  So, it’s a great place for interdisciplinary work.

Here’s the blurb about the postdoc fellowship:

About the Resnick Sustainability Institute Post-Doctoral Fellowship: The Resnick fellows will have support for up to two years to work on creative, cross-catalytic research that complements the existing work of the Caltech faculty, or that creates new research directions within the mission areas of the Resnick Sustainability Institute. Eligible candidates will have completed their PhD within five years of the start of the appointment, and should have secured a commitment from one or more Caltech faculty members to serve as a mentor and provide office/lab space for the length of the fellowship. Candidates can come from any country, provided they are proficient in English. Applications consisting of a research proposal, cover letter, recommendations and CV can be submitted through our website: The fellowship will provide an annual salary of $65,000 plus benefits, $6,000/year in research budget, and relocation allowance of $3,000. Any questions can be directed to

Note that this is not the only postdoc program available for folks that want to join RSRG.  We also look for postdocs through the CMI program, and that call will come out later in the fall.  Applications for CMI tend to be due in December.