Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics is an independent, non-profit, scientific research organization working to advance our understanding of physical laws and develop new ideas about the very essence of space, time, matter, and information. Located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Perimeter also provides a wide array of research training and educational outreach activities to nurture scientific talent and share the importance of discovery and innovation among students, teachers, and the general public. In partnership with the Governments of Ontario and Canada, Perimeter is a successful example of public-private collaboration in scientific research, training, and outreach. 

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics invites applications for postdoctoral positions from new and recent PhD’s working in fundamental theoretical physics. Our areas of strength include classical gravity, condensed matter theory, cosmology, mathematical physics (including mathematics), particle physics, quantum fields and strings, quantum foundations, quantum information and quantum gravity. We also encourage applications from scientists whose work overlap these categories or falls in more than one of them.  Our postdoctoral positions are normally for a period of three years. Outstanding candidates may also be considered for a senior postdoctoral position with a five-year term.

Perimeter Institute offers a dynamic, multi-disciplinary environment with maximum research freedom and opportunity to collaborate within and across fields. Our postdoctoral positions are intended for highly original and intellectually independent young theorists and offer exceptional support including a generous research and travel fund, opportunities to invite their own collaborators as visitors, and the possibility of organizing workshops and conferences.

The Institute offers an exceptional research environment and is currently staffed with 32 full-time and part-time faculty members, 34 Distinguished Research Chairs, 55 Postdoctoral Researchers, 44 Graduate Students, 30 exceptional Masters level students participating in Perimeter Scholars International, and hosts hundreds of visitors and conference participants throughout the academic year.

We encourage all candidates to apply by November 15, but applications will be considered until all positions are filled.  Please note: the Committee will begin reviewing applications on November 1, 2013.

Applicants should submit: curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, a list of publications and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent on their behalf. Applications (including recommendation letters) must be submitted through Perimeter Institute's online application form.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority.

Interested in Educational Outreach?  Perimeter is also seeking a dynamic, innovative, strategic thinking Physicist for the role of Outreach Scientist.  If you are interested in this role please see Outreach Scientist for more information.




Complete the online application form by November 15, 2013, making sure to include the following (postscript, PDF, MS Word, or text files only):

  • CV
  • List of Publications
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • 3 References