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How to find a postdoc

By Cali G, Published on Mon 24 August 2020, Last modified Fri 25 September 2020
Category: Work

There is always a question new math grads have:

How do I find a postdoc?

Considering I have tried (and failed) many times at getting a postdoc, I want to keep an updated list of how to find a postdoc! If you see anything below that is wrong or needs updating (or if you want to add any information, let me know 😄)

Lauren Williams has a good guide on how to create postdoc application materials (cover letter, research statement, etc.). You can find her guide here.

NOTE: In all cases it is probably worthwhile to contact the potential supervisor beforehand. This lets them know who you are (if they don't know you already) and that you are applying so that they should look for your application.

Table of Contents for quick access:

North America

US & Canada

Jobs for the US are typically found using mathjobs.

Additionally, many people first apply for NSF funding. The deadline for the NSF is normally the third wednesday in October annually. Note: You must be a US citizen, a US national or a permanent resident of the US to apply.

Europe

Europe has a couple of different websites that are dependent on the university/country.

France

France rarely has postdocs, but have something called an ATER instead. They are a one year teaching postdoc where you have one of two options:

As these are teaching positions, knowledge of French language is required.

For more information on how to get an ATER position you can check out the government website. To research ATER positions, you can go to galaxie to find all current ATER positions.

Notes:

Germany

There are a couple of options if you want to go to Germany.

United Kingdom

Jobs in the United Kingdom are generally placed on jobs.ac.uk. Normally these link directly to the university's website for information on the postdoc.

Asia

India

For postdocs in India, they normally have a rolling application which means you can apply at any time. Find the person you want to work with and go to their institution website for more information on how to apply.

Japan

Japan has 4 different programs for doing a postdoc. More information for all 4 can be found on their government website here.

Oceania

Australia

In Australia, the best method to find a postdoc is to talk with researchers you want to work with. If they have funding, they will pay for a postdoc for you. If you want to know who has funding and what kind of research they are doing, you can look at the grants put out by the Australian Government here. Note that these grants are normally handed out near November time.