Chennai Mathematical Institute

Positions at CMI

Call for Applications and Nominations to the post of Director, CMI

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The Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI) is a centre of excellence for research and teaching in the Mathematical Sciences. The research focus so far has been on certain core areas of Mathematics, Computer Science and Theoretical Physics. CMI was founded in 1989 as part of the SPIC Science foundation, and has been an autonomous institution since 1996. Since December 2006, CMI has been recognised as a university (under Section 3 of the UGC Act 1956), and it now awards BSc, MSc and PhD degrees.

CMI is a rare example of public-private partnership in research and education in India. The Institute receives major funding from the Government of India as well as substantial financial support from private entities. In addition to a vibrant PhD programme, the Institute conducts BSc programmes in Mathematics and Computer Science as well as Mathematics and Physics, along with MSc programmes in Mathematics, Computer Science and Data Science. At CMI we believe that excellence in research and teaching go together: faculty who do research and also teach can get students involved in the process of scientific discovery and instil the joy of doing science in bright young minds.

The Institute invites applications from eminent academics/researchers with significant scientific achievements in Mathematics, Computer Science or Theoretical Physics, as well as experience in academic administration at a departmental or institutional level, for the position of Director. We also solicit nominations from senior academics of colleagues whom they believe can fill this role. The Director will have overall academic and administrative control of the Institute, and will play a pivotal role in raising the resources needed to achieve the goals of the Institute.

The age of the candidate should be below 60 years as on 1st May 2021 and the appointment is for a fixed period of 5 years. The compensation package will be generous and in line with the norm at other similar institutions.

A Committee has been appointed to take charge of the search. The same Committee will consider applications and nominations received in response to this Call.

The candidate should have a PhD in Mathematics, Computer Science or Theoretical Physics and be an outstanding researcher with high academic eminence, with at least 15 years experience in a recognized national/international university/research institute/R&D laboratory. In addition, the candidate should have extensive administrative experience. Given the special public-private nature of the Institute, proven ability to interact with the industry and raise funds is highly desirable.

Application/Nomination process

Applications/nominations can be sent by post to the Registrar, Chennai Mathematical Institute, H1, SIPCOT IT Park, Kelambakkam, Chennai 603103 or by email to The last date for receipt of applications/nominations is Aug 31st, 2020.

Required information regarding the applicant/nominee

  1. Name, gender, date of birth, address for correspondence.
  2. Educational qualifications and career record.
  3. List of publications.
  4. Significant contributions to research and teaching.
  5. Experience as a leader. Highlight administrative roles, industry interactions and fund raising.
  6. Awards and recognition, membership in professional societies.
  7. Names of four eminent persons / academics / researchers who will write letters in support.

Postdoctoral position in Gravitational Physics and Astronomy

Applications are invited for the position of postdoctoral research associate in gravitational wave physics and astronomy at Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI), India. The position is for two years extendable for another year upon satisfactory performance. The required qualification is a PhD in Physics or Astronomy. Those who have submitted their PhD thesis can also apply. Screening of the applications will start in November 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

The successful candidate will work with Prof. K. G. Arun on one or more of the following topics: source modelling of compact binaries, tests of general relativity and nature of compact objects using gravitational waves, multi-messenger astrophysics and formation channels of compact binaries.

CMI is an active member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, LIGO-India Science Collaboration, LISA Consortium, GWIC-3G Science Team and SKA-India Science team. Besides Prof. Arun, the group consists of a postdoctoral fellow and three Ph D students. The group at CMI closely collaborates with Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos at Pennsylvania State University and the International Center for Theoretical Science, Bangalore.

Interested applicants should send their CV (with list of publications and list of three referees) and research statement to For further queries, contact kgarun AT

Tenured and Tenure-track positions at CMI

Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI) is a centre of excellence for teaching and research in the mathematical sciences. Founded in 1989 as part of the SPIC Science Foundation, it has been an autonomous institute since 1996. CMI occupies a unique position in Indian academia, attracting substantial funding from both corporate and government sources. Since October, 2005, CMI has been operating in its own self-contained campus at Siruseri, on the southern outskirts of Chennai. Siruseri is now the centre of a virtual satellite town of Chennai, with excellent educational institutions and hospitals and a large supply of modern and affordable housing. Siruseri is also home to the offices of a number of major companies specialising in information technology and data science.

The research groups in Mathematics, Computer Science and Theoretical Physics at CMI are very active, and count among them leaders in their fields. In 1998, CMI took the initiative to bridge the gap between teaching and research in India by starting BSc and MSc programmes in Mathematics and allied subjects. In December, 2006, CMI was recognized by the Government of India as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act (1956). Among other notable initiatives is the recently introduced M.Sc. in Data Science taught jointly by the Mathematics and Computer Science Faculties. CMI graduates have gone on to contribute to leading organisations throughout the world.

Call for Applications

Our vision is to build on its early success and develop into a well-rounded academic institution in the tradition of the best universities around the world. Over the next two years we seek to consolidate our research and teaching. We are also keen to expand into new areas—such as theoretical and mathematical biology and data science—if the right person can be found.

To this end, we invite applications for full-time and part-time positions at all levels and in all areas of Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science. Also, if you are part of a group of people with a strong record of common interests and collaborations, and you wish to move together to a strong institution which will welcome and encourage this interaction, please do contact us. We have excellent students, light teaching loads, good research facilities, access to grants, and a vibrant visitor’s program.

A formal application would require a CV, a statement of purpose, names and email addresses of possible referees, to be sent to Informal enquiries are also very welcome, and will be promptly responded to. If you know someone who would be right for us, please encourage them to contact us.

Visiting Positions in Mathematics

Applications for post-doctoral fellowships in mathematics at CMI will be considered twice each year.
   Primary window: for those who plan to join during July-August Deadline: January 31
   Secondary window: for those who plan to join during January-February Deadline: September 30

In either window, complete applications (CV, list of publications, preprints (if they are not available on arXiv), research statement, any other pertinent information) should be sent by the applicant by email to the Director (email address `director at cmi dot ac dot in'). Additionally the applicant should request at least three referees to send their letters of recommendation to the above email address to reach within the deadline.

Offers to successful candidates will go out within one month of the deadline.

Post-doctoral fellows in CMI are expected to teach one full course each year.

Holders of external post-doctoral fellowships (INSPIRE, NBHM etc.) and those planning to apply for such fellowships are welcome to apply to CMI, preferably during one of the above windows.