Simons Symposia deadline on Friday

The deadline for applying for Simons symposia is on Friday.

TCS has successfully applied for these in past, for example on the topics of Boolean Function Analysis, and Approximation Algorithms.

Program Director opening for the NSF Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program

More details here.

NSF Accepting Nominations for the 2016 Alan T. Waterman Award

See here for details. Deadline is October 23rd. Recent computer science winners include Mung Chiang, Scott Aaronson, and Robert Wood.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is pleased to accept nominations for the 2016 Alan T. Waterman Award. The Waterman Award is NSF’s highest honor. Each year, the Foundation bestows the award to recognize the talent, creativity, and influence of a singular young researcher. In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $1,000,000 over a five year period for scientific research or advanced study in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, social, or other sciences at the institution of the recipient’s choice.

Simons Institute Research Fellowships

The Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at UC Berkeley invites applications for Research Fellowships for academic year 2016-17.

Simons-Berkeley Research Fellowships are an opportunity for outstanding junior scientists (at most 6 years from PhD by Fall 2016) to spend one or both semesters at the Institute in connection with one or more of its programs.  The programs for 2016-17 are as follows:

* Algorithms and Uncertainty (Fall 2016)
* Logical Structures in Computation (Fall 2016)
* Foundations of Machine Learning (Spring 2017)
* Pseudorandomness (Spring 2017)

Applicants who already hold junior faculty or postdoctoral positions are welcome to apply. In particular, applicants who hold, or expect to hold, postdoctoral appointments at other institutions are encouraged to apply to spend one semester as a Simons-Berkeley Fellow subject to the approval of the postdoctoral institution.

Further details and application instructions can be found at  Information about the Institute and the above programs can be found at

Deadline for applications: 15 December, 2015.

NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Theoretical computer scientists have successfully applied for the following in the past.

Full Proposal Deadline Date: October 21, 2015

Program Guidelines: NSF 14-582
The purpose of the Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MSPRF) is to support future leaders in mathematics and statistics by facilitating their participation in postdoctoral research environments that will have maximal impact on their future scientific development. There are two options for awardees: Research Fellowship and Research Instructorship. Awards will support research in areas of mathematics and statistics, including applications to other disciplines.
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New NSF-BSF program

A new NSF-BSF program with the Division for Communications and Computing of the NSF (CCF) has been cleared for submission of joint U.S.-Israeli proposals.  Details here

Simons Foundation Funding Opportunities

The Simons Foundation announced a new round of funding opportunities, including:

  • Simons Collaborations in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences
    (LOI Deadline: October 1, 2015)
  • Simons Symposia Program
    (Application Deadline: November 6, 2015)

DIMACS seeking an Associate Director

The DIMACS Center at Rutgers University ( is seeking an Associate Director. DIMACS facilitates research, education, and outreach in discrete mathematics, computer science theory, algorithms, mathematical and statistical methods, and their applications.  The Associate Director is expected to play a leadership role in planning, developing, and running DIMACS activities and programs, including setting new directions.  A PhD in computer science, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or a related field is preferred. Applicants with a doctorate will be considered for Associate Director with a non-tenure-track calendar-year research faculty appointment at Rutgers. Highly qualified applicants without a doctorate will be considered for a staff appointment as Assistant Director. For more details, visit

DARPA Proposer’s Day on Privacy this Thursday (registration deadline tomorrow!)

DARPA is planning to start a new program to fund privacy research.  They are holding a “proposer’s day” this Thursday to share information about the program.  If you wish to attend, the registration deadline is tomorrow (Monday 3/9) 8am!

Good year to hire in CS theory

It’s hiring season and many departments are in the midst of deciding who to bring in for interviews.   When discussing the possibility of hiring theorists, here are a couple of reasons why this might be a particularly good year to do so:

1) This year there is an exceptionally strong and deep pool of theorists on the job market, due in part to the closing of the Microsoft Research Silicon Valley lab.  Many departments should be able to hire strong candidates (including ones not from MSR SV) who would be hard to get in a typical year.

2) Theory has a large role to play in many of the current priority areas for hiring, such as big data, machine learning, privacy, and security.  Many theorists can also serve as bridges to other departments, such as math, physics, economics, OR, EE, and more.


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