2020-2 Call for IBS Young Scientist Fellowship (Due: December 13, 2020)

Note: IBS Discrete Mathematics Group also has an opening for a postdoctoral fellowship.

1. Purpose and Background

With the vision of “Making Discoveries for Humanity and Society,” the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) was founded in 2011 by the Korean government to promote basic science in Korea. To date, IBS has 31 Research Centers and each Center has been yielding outstanding results in various research fields.

The IBS “Young Scientist Fellowship” started in 2016 to play an active role in fostering the next generation of basic science leaders. We believe this Fellowship offers junior scientists opportunities to conduct independent research by utilizing state-of-the-art infrastructure and to grow on the basis of research collaborations with leading researchers.

We hope that the Fellowship serves as a stepping stone for our researchers to mature into leading researchers in basic science.

2. Eligibility

Within 7 years of obtaining a Ph.D. (obtained no earlier than 1 January 2013) or under the age of 40 with a Ph.D. (born no earlier than 1 January 1980)

※ Ph.D. candidates must be conferred with Ph.D. degrees before February 28, 2021.

※ Current IBS researchers are eligible to apply, if they meet the above criteria.

3. Recruiting Research Center and Number of Openings

Discrete Mathematics Group has an opening for 1 YSF.

For other centers and groups, please visit the IBS website https://www.ibs.re.kr/ysf/.

※ The final number of openings may change depending on the circumstances of IBS.

4. Benefit and Condition

  • Full-time work and 100% research participation in principle
    ※ If successful candidates have been also selected for another institute’s research project (e.g. Sejong Science Fellowship, Young Researcher Program of National Research Foundation), their selection may be cancelled.
  • Annual budget of KRW 150–300 mil. per year, including salary of KRW 60–70 mil. (up to KRW 150 mil. for theoretical fields and up to KRW 300 mil. for experimental fields)
  • Appointment for three years with a possible two-year extension depending on the performance review results
    ※ When current IBS researchers are selected as a Young Scientist Fellow (YSF) of their Center, support will be offered for up to three years. Please refer to the FAQ for details.
  • After physically relocated to one of the IBS Centers, YSFs will conduct independent research by utilizing research facilities and equipment of the Center. YSFs may organize a small research group.
  • Selected YSFs must be appointed and commence their research within 2021.
    ※ If their appointment and research commencement processes are not completed within 2021, their selection may be cancelled.

5. Selection Process: Three Steps

  • Letter of Intent (approx. 3 pages)
    1. Submission deadline: by December 13, 2020
    2. Review by directors and evaluation panel members
    3. Invitation to submit full proposals: by January 15, 2021
  • Full Proposal (approx. 10 pages)
    1. Submission deadline: by February 14, 2021
    2. Review by directors and evaluation panel members
    3. Invitation for an on-site interview: by March 2021
  • Interview
    1. On-site Interview and presentation: in March 2021
    2. Comprehensive review by evaluation panel chairs
    3. Announcement of YSFs: by late April 2021

6. How to Apply

Apply via the IBS website at http://www.ibs.re.kr/ysf/apply by December 13, 2020 (KST).

7. Inquiries

Talent Acquisition and Development Team at ysf@ibs.re.kr or IBS homepage at https://www.ibs.re.kr/ysf

The IBS Discrete Mathematics Group (DIMAG) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Due: December 5, 2020)

The IBS Discrete Mathematics Group (DIMAG) in Daejeon, Korea invites applications for one postdoctoral research fellowship position.

URL: https://dimag.ibs.re.kr/hiring/

DIMAG is a research group that was established in December 1, 2018 at the Institute for Basic Science (IBS), led by Prof. Sang-il Oum. DIMAG is located at the headquarters of the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) in Daejeon, South Korea, a city of 1.5 million people. 

The position is available for individuals who are within the first five years after obtaining their Ph.D at the date of appointment or be expected to obtain a Ph.D within three months from the date of appointment. Successful candidates for postdoctoral research fellowship positions will be new or recent Ph.D.’s with outstanding research potential in all fields of discrete mathematics with emphasis on structural graph theory, extremal graph theory, combinatorial optimization, matroid theory, or fixed-parameter tractable algorithms.

This appointment is for two years, and the starting salary is no less than KRW 57,000,000. The appointment is one time renewable up to 3 years in total contingent upon the outstanding performance of the researcher. The expected appointment date is September 1, 2021. This is a purely research position and will have no teaching duties.

A complete application packet should include:

  1. AMS standard cover sheet (preferred) or cover letter (PDF format)
  2. Curriculum vitae including a publication list (PDF format)
  3. Research statement (PDF format)
  4. Consent to Collection and Use of Personal Information (PDF file)
  5. At least 3 recommendation letters

For full consideration, applicants should email items 1, 2, 3, and 4 and arrange their recommendation letters emailed to dimag@ibs.re.kr by December 5, 2020, Saturday

Recommendations letters forwarded by an applicant will not be considered.

DIMAG encourages applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds.

In the unlikely event of closing the Center, the employment contract will be terminated accordingly. For Korean citizens who have not yet completed their military duty: IBS는 병역특례지정기관입니다. IBS is a designated institute for alternative military service.

Welcome Prof. Heesung Shin (신희성) from Inha University, a new Visiting Research Fellow in the IBS Discrete Mathematics Group

The IBS Discrete Mathematics Group welcomes Prof. Heesung Shin (신희성) from Inha University, Incheon, Korea. He will visit the IBS Discrete Mathematics Group for 1 year until August 31, 2021 during his sabbatical leave from Inha University. He received his Ph.D. from KAIST under the supervision of Prof. Dongsu Kim. He was a postdoctoral researcher at CNRS and a research assistant professor at POSTECH. In 2011, he moved as an assistant professor to Inha University, where he is currently a professor.

Welcome Jinha Kim (김진하) and Minki Kim (김민기), new members of IBS Discrete Mathematics Group

The IBS Discrete Mathematics Group welcomes Dr. Jinha Kim (김진하) and Dr. Minki Kim (김민기), new research fellows at the IBS Discrete Mathematics Group from September 1, 2020.

Jinha Kim (김진하) received his Ph.D. from the Department of Mathematics at Seoul National University in 2019 under the supervision of Prof. Woong Kook. Until recently, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Technion in Israel. She is interested in combinatorics, discrete geometry, topological combinatorics, and graph theory.

Minki Kim (김민기) received his Ph.D. from the Department of Mathematical Sciences at KAIST in 2018 under the supervision of Prof. Andreas Holmsen. Until recently, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Technion in Israel. He is interested in discrete geometry, topological combinatorics, and graph theory.

Welcome Prof. Jeong Ok Choi (최정옥) from GIST, a new Visiting Research Fellow in the IBS discrete mathematics group

The IBS Discrete Mathematics Group welcomes Prof. Jeong Ok Choi (최정옥) from GIST, Gwangju, Korea. She will visit the IBS Discrete Mathematics Group for 1 year until August 31, 2021 during her sabbatical leave from GIST. She received her Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the supervision of Prof. Douglas West. She was a visiting assistant professor at Furman University and Trinity College. In 2011, she moved to GIST (Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology) in Gwangju, Korea as an assistant professor and she is currently an associate professor.

Welcome Rutger Campbell and Debsoumya Chakraborti, new members of IBS Discrete Mathematics Group

The IBS discrete mathematics group welcomes Dr. Rutger Campbell and Dr. Debsoumya Chakraborti, new research fellows at the IBS discrete mathematics group from August 16, 2020.

Rutger Campbell received his Ph.D. from the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization at the University of Waterloo in 2020 under the supervision of Prof. Jim Geelen. He is interested in matroid theory and structural graph theory.

Debsoumya Chakraborti received his Ph.D. from the Program of Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization at the Carnegie Mellon University in 2020 under the supervision of Prof. Po-Shen Loh. He is interested in extremal combinatorics, probabilistic combinatorics, and random graphs.

Welcome Ben Lund and Tuan Tran, new research fellows in the IBS Discrete Mathematics Group

The IBS discrete mathematics group welcomes Dr. Ben Lund and Dr. Tuan Tran, new research fellows at the IBS discrete mathematics group from August 1, 2020.

Ben Lund received his Ph.D. from the Department of Mathematics at Rutgers University in 2017 under the supervision of Prof. Shubhangi Saraf. Before joining the IBS, he was a postdoc at Princeton University and a postdoc at the University of Georgia.

Tuan Tran received his Ph.D. from the Department of Mathematics at the Freie Universität Berlin in 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Tibor Szabó. Before joining the IBS, he was a lecturer at Hanoi University of Science and Technology, a postdoc at ETH Zürich, and a postdoc at Czech Academy of Sciences. He won the IBS Young Scientist Fellowship.