Complexity Postdoctoral Fellowship
The application site for the 2024 postdoctoral fellows cohort is now closed. We will be accepting applications for the 2025 cohort in August 2024.
The Santa Fe Institute Complexity Postdoctoral Fellowships, comprising the Omidyar Fellowships, are unique among postdoctoral appointments. The Fellowships offer early-career scholars the opportunity to undertake their own independent research within a collaborative research community that nurtures creative, transdisciplinary thought in pursuit of key insights about the complex systems that matter most for science and society. The Institute rejects compartmentalized thought common in academia. Instead, SFI scientists transcend boundaries between fields, freely synthesizing ideas spanning many disciplines – from math, physics, computer science and biology to the social sciences and the humanities – in pursuit of creative insights that advance our scientific frontiers.
Postdoctoral Fellows spend up to three years in residence at SFI, where they contribute to SFI’s research in the sciences of complexity and are trained to become leaders in interdisciplinary science. As thought leaders who shape the future of science, Postdoctoral Fellows also participate in a unique training program structured to develop leadership skills throughout their three-year residencies and beyond. The Institute provides an opportunity to collaborate with leading researchers worldwide, discretionary and collaborative funds, and a competitive salary with a generous benefit package including paid family leave.
The Institute has no formal programs or departments. Research is collaborative and spans the physical, natural, and social sciences. Most research is theoretical (SFI does not have lab facilities) and/or computational in nature, although it may include an empirical component. SFI has 17 postdoctoral researchers, 13 resident faculty, 100 external faculty, and averages 1000 visitors per year. Descriptions of the research themes and interests of the faculty and current Fellows can be found at SFI Research.
- a Ph.D. in any scientific discipline granted within 6 years of the application deadline or completed prior to September 2025
- strong quantitative and computational skills, an exemplary academic record
- a proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively
- a demonstrated interest in transdisciplinary research
- evidence of the ability to think beyond traditional paradigms.
SFI is an equal-opportunity employer. Women, veterans, and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. SFI is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples and is committed to building a culturally diverse research environment.
U.S. citizenship is not a requirement, however, you must be legally able to work in the US. SFI will sponsor a J1 Visa for successful candidates. SFI is not able to sponsor a H1B Visa for candidates.
You will be asked to provide the following application materials:
1. Curriculum vitae (including publication list).
2. Statement of research interests (max. 2 pages) including a short description of the research you would like to pursue and why.
3. Description of interest in SFI (max. 1 page) that describes your potential contribution to the SFI community and also explains the potential impact of SFI on your research. Consider addressing one or more of the following: What kind of input from other fields would most improve your future research? What type of multidisciplinary workshop might you want to organize during your Fellowship? What aspects of your present or future research are difficult to pursue in a traditional academic environment? What experiences, if any, do you have related to SFI's goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive scientific community?
4. Three letters of recommendation from scholars who know your work. (The letters should be sent independently of the application. When you complete the online application, please be prepared to provide e-mail addresses of the three individuals who will recommend you. SFI will contact them directly with instructions for submitting letters.)
5. (Optional) A copy of one paper you have written in English, either published or unpublished.
6. (Optional) Diversity form.
Successful candidates will receive an invitation for an interview in mid-December 2023.
For the 2024 cohort: Historically we have conducted candidate interviews in person in early January in Santa Fe, NM. All interviews take place over two days, plus travel time. New Complexity Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to begin their appointment no earlier than June 2024 and no later than January 2025.
For additional information or assistance please email Hilary Skolnik firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE NOTE: If you don't already have a SURVEY MONKEY APPLY account you will need to REGISTER for one before you apply.