Postdoctoral Positions at the Alliance Institutions
Mentoring and Support
Alliance NSF Mathematical Sciences Institutes
1. Advisory panel. An advisory panel for this postdoc Alliance will include a representative from each university and national institute. Each university representative will be responsible for facilitating matches at their university between mentors and postdoc applicants and help facilitate the process of integrating Alliance postdoctoral fellow in their institution. Once an Alliance postdoctoral fellow comes to their university, the university representative is responsible for ensuring that Alliance postdoctoral fellow will become fully integrated in their mathematical community. Similarly, each Mathematical Institute representative will facilitate the potential participation of Alliance postdoctoral fellows in one or more of the institute’s programs, when there is a suitable program at that institute. Each year 2 members of the Advisory panel (1 from the Alliance universities and 1 from the institutes) will be elected for a 2 year term on the Selection committee.
2. Selection Process. Selection is done through a 2 stage process. First a panel of outside reviewers will evaluate and rank all applicants, then a selection committee of members of the Alliance will make ﬁnal decisions based on this ranking and availability of appropriate mentors. The post-doc applicants will first be evaluated by outside reviewers in a NSF style evaluation panel. The panel will be convened by the Chair of the Selection committee, who does not participate in voting or ranking at this stage. There will be (minimally) 3 reviews of each candidate. The panel will designate each candidate as “highly recommended”, “recommended”, or “not recommended”. Those in the ﬁrst two categories will be linearly ranked. Panelists will be asked to pay attention to those who have had less opportunity and untapped potential. The panel will meet at one of the national institutes. The size of the evaluation panel will depend on the number of applicants. All members on the evaluation panel will be from universities other than the participating universities and will be screened for potential conﬂicts of interests. For example, the evaluator should not know the candidate or be from the same institution as the post-doc candidate. As with NSF panels, panelist with conﬂicts of interest will not participate in the discussions of the candidates.
The Evaluation Panel makes a recommendation to the Selection Committee which consists of 2 members of the participating universities and 2 members of the institutes.The selection committee will try to ﬁnd a ﬁt among the participating universities for the highly recommended candidates. The ﬁrst choice is to match each candidate with the mentor and university they have requested. If this mentor is not available or if no mentor is listed then the selection committee will ﬁnd an appropriate mentor. After a mentor and host institution has been found, an offer will be made to the selected post-doc candidate.