School of Natural Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study

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The Institute is a private, independent academic institution located in Princeton, New Jersey. It was founded in 1930 in order to support fundamental research in the sciences and humanities, and it soon became one of the world’s leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry. Work at the Institute takes place in four Schools: Historical StudiesMathematicsNatural Sciences, and Social Science. A permanent Faculty of approximately thirty guides the work of the Schools, and each year some 200 visiting Members come to the Institute from universities and research institutions throughout the world. Explore the Institute’s website to learn more about its mission and history, read about current researchwatch lectures by Institute scholars, and sign up for IAS eNews to get the latest updates from the Institute.

The School of Natural Sciences includes nine permanent faculty and approximately fifty postdoctoral men and women working full time on frontier topics in astrophysics, biology, mathematical physics, quantum field theory, particle phenomenology, string theory and quantum gravity.

Members of the Institute are free to work on any problems in which they are interested. In any given year, some of the members will collaborate with each other, with relevant Institute faculty members, with members of the physics and astronomy faculties at Princeton University, or with scientists at other institutions. The research in mathematical physics and string theory benefits from a strong synergistic activity involving the School of Mathematics and the School of Natural Sciences. The Institute programs in physics and astronomy are closely integrated with the corresponding activities at Princeton University via joint seminars and lunches, as well as frequent informal contacts.

Postdoctoral members are typically appointed for three years.  For a few members of exceptional promise and scientific maturity, longer term (five year) memberships are available. A small number of senior scientists can usually be accommodated on sabbatical leave.

The deadline for  application for memberships  in physics and astrophysics is November 15.   Other than uploading reference letters, we will not accept changes to your application after this deadline.   Sabbatical applicants and junior visiting professors do not need reference letters.


(1 position listed)

For more information write to or Michelle Sage, School Administrative Officer. 

To be fair to other candidates, please email us promptly to withdraw your application if you accept a position elsewhere.

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