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The Theory Group anticipates one or more available positions as Research Staff Members, pursuing research in theoretical computer science. The positions would start in 2018.

These Research Staff Members will conduct research in theoretical computer science that may include but is not limited to our current strengths, in areas such as deep learning, complexity, optimization, logic in computer science, learning, algorithms for massive data sets, database principles, game theory, information retrieval, and computational finance. The successful candidate will likely have a doctoral degree (or anticipate receiving one before starting), and have a strong record of publications in theoretical computer science and also possibly in related fields such as mathematics, theoretical aspects of electrical engineering, and statistics. The candidate must have the ability to make professional connections and collaborate with system builders in application areas, such as machine learning, information management, metagenomics, image processing, or natural language processing. Such collaborations are a substantial and vital part of the position.


How to apply. Applicants for these positions may apply at this IBM job posting; their materials should include:

  • a list of their publications
  • the names of at least three references, with their contact information

Please also ask your references to send their letters of recommendation on your behalf to Files in pdf format are strongly preferred.

Applications received by mid-January 2018 will receive full consideration. (This is a soft deadline.)


IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.


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