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2005-2006 IBM Herman Goldstine Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mathematical Sciences

The Mathematical Sciences Department of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center invites applications for its 2005-2006 Herman Goldstine Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship for research in mathematical and computer sciences. The fellowship provides scientists of outstanding ability an opportunity to advance their scholarship as resident department members at the Research Center. The Research Center is located in Westchester County, less than an hour north of New York City.

The Mathematical Sciences Department provides an atmosphere in which basic research is combined with work on technical problems arising in industry. Currently, about 100 permanent members, academic visitors, and post-doctoral fellows are pursuing research in pure and applied mathematics and in theoretical and exploratory computer science. Areas of research include: algorithms (approximation, randomized, and on-line); coding theory; cryptography; data mining (machine learning, pattern recognition, and computational statistics); dynamical systems and differential equations; high-performance computation (including scientific computing and parallel computing); numerical analysis; optimization (discrete, continuous, and stochastic); probability theory (stochastic models, risk management, queues and queueing networks); statistics (time-series, multivariate analysis, design, and reliability); and supply-chain and operations management (pricing, optimization and performance modeling)

Close interaction with permanent department members is expected, but fellows are free to pursue their own research interests.

One fellowship will be awarded. Candidates must have received a Ph.D. degree after September 2000 or should expect to receive one before the fellowship commences in the second half of 2005. The fellowship has a period of one year, and may be extended another year by mutual agreement. The stipend is expected to be between $95,000 and $115,000, depending on the area and length of experience. An additional allowance for moving expenses will be provided.

Applications will be accepted between October 1, 2004 and December 31, 2004 via e-mail only. For proper and timely handling of your application, it is essential that you carefully follow the submission instructions below.

The complete application must be sent as a single e-mail to The subject field of the application must contain the string " 2005 GOLDSTINE APPLICATION" with appropriate substitutions for and . The e-mail must have the following files attached (please follow the file names and types as listed below). A cover letter is not required.

  • Complete and attach the applicant profile (goldform.txt).
  • Attach your full CV (cv.pdf / / cv.doc).
  • Attach the abstract of your Ph.D. dissertation (abstract.pdf / / abstract.doc).
  • Prepare and attach a 2-3 page research statement describing your current research and the research plan that you would like to pursue if offered the fellowship (research.pdf / / research.doc).
  • Finally, you may attach up to three of your most important papers (paper-1.pdf/ps/doc,, paper-3.pdf/ps/doc).

Applicants are also responsible for arranging for three or more letters of recommendation, including one from the thesis advisor. The letters must be e-mailed to, must have "Recommendation letter for <first name> <last name>" in the subject field, and must arrive before December 31, 2004. A few selected applicants will later be asked to arrange for official transcripts listing graduate-level courses and grades received.

IBM is committed to work-place diversity, and is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer.

To print a color flyer of this announcement, click here for PostScript or here for PDF .  

Any queries may be directed to with the string "GOLDSTINE QUERY" in the subject field.

  Frequently Asked Questions 

Deadline: For fairness, and due to the fact that we start the evaluation process immediately after the deadline, the deadline is strictly enforced.

Attachments: We strongly prefer all documents in PDF or PostScript formats, but Word documents will be accepted if you absolutely cannot generate them in PDF or PostScript. If your mailer would not allow all attachments in a single message, you may create a compressed Unix tar file (preferable) or a Windows zip file (acceptable) and attach that. While creating PostScript and/or PDF documents, please try to use fonts that facilitate on-screen reading. For example, including \usepackage{times} in your LaTeX document greatly improves the on-screen readability of the resulting PostScript or PDF document. 

A cover letter is not required.  You may use the "Additional information" area on the applicant profile to convey anything that has not been covered in the remainder of the application.

Research statement: This is typically a 2-3 page summary of your recent research, and further investigations that you are considering in the near future. The statement is very much an individual matter, and you may wish to consult with your advisor.

Response from IBM: We will contact you by e-mail to acknowledge your application, and later, to inform you of our decision. All applicants will eventually receive at least two responses.

Transcripts: U.S. universities typically issue an official transcript listing courses you took and the grades received. If your university does not issue such a transcript, please mention this in a letter and send it along with the closest equivalent you can provide without undue effort. There is no need to send the transcripts unless you are asked to do so.

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