The International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS), TIFR, Bangalore, India invites applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships. ICTS provides a stimulating intellectual atmosphere and state-of-the-art facilities for academic research. In addition to the vibrant in-house research program, ICTS holds several visitor-oriented programs in its state-of-the-art campus in Bangalore.

Applications are invited from highly qualified young scientists with a proven track record. Candidates must have a PhD degree in physics, astronomy, or related fields. Individuals who have submitted their doctoral thesis can also apply.

Interested candidates should apply online ( with their curriculum vitae, list of publications, a research proposal (not more than two pages), and a list of referees. The nominal deadline is 31 December 2020, but applications will be considered until the positions are filled. The nominal starting date of 1 September 2021 is negotiable.

The ICTS Astrophysical Relativity group ( includes faculty members Parameswaran Ajith, Prayush Kumar and Bala R Iyer, visiting faculty Tejaswi Venumadhav Nerella, postdocs Apratim Ganguly, Shasvath Kapadia, Kanhaiya Lal Pandey and Md Arif Shaikh, and several students. Rana Adhikari, K. G. Arun, and B.S. Sathyaprakash are associates. The group’s research interests include analytical and numerical relativity including waveform modeling, data analysis including parameter estimation, tests of general relativity, and astrophysics and cosmology using gravitational waves.

The group is an active member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the LIGO-India Scientific Collaboration. The group hosts a 2500 core LIGO Tier-3 grid computing cluster and has access to other high-performance facilities at ICTS. The group organizes several ICTS programs every year, including the annual ICTS summer schools on gravitational-wave astronomy.

Founded in 2007, ICTS is a new initiative in Indian science. It is conceived to contribute to the growth of excellence in the basic sciences through its programs, interactions and cross-fertilization between disciplines. ICTS provides a platform and infrastructure to organize various activities in theoretical natural sciences and mathematics.

ICTS has an active in-house research program ( spanning three broad areas: Complex systems: Non-linear dynamics and Data assimilation, Statistical physics, Fluid dynamics and turbulence, Condensed matter physics, Physical biology; Space-time physics: String theory and Quantum field theory, Astrophysical relativity; Mathematics: Differential geometry, Mathematical physics, Dynamical systems, Data assimilation, Monsoon dynamics, Analysis of partial differential equations and applications. Other areas under active consideration are cosmology, multiscale and complex systems including interfaces with theoretical biology, computer science, and computational sciences with a strong interface to other research areas at ICTS.

ICTS hosts strong visitors and associates driven programs, a highly competitive graduate school as well as a devoted postdoctoral program that forms an integral part of the in-house research. A state-of-the-art residential campus is ready to provide a vibrant academic environment. Located in Bangalore, the garden city of India, with a pleasant and moderate climate, ICTS maintains close ties with the world-class scholastic ambiance of the city.


DEADLINE: 31 Dec 2020

P. Ajith
ICTS-TIFR, Bangalore