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IPAM Associate Director

Application Window

Open date: September 7th, 2020

Last review date: Monday, Feb 15, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) at UCLA is seeking an Associate Director (AD) to help lead and organize innovative programs in pure and applied mathematics. The term of appointment will be two years, beginning August 1, 2021. The appointment may be extended for a third year by mutual agreement.

This temporary opportunity allows the AD to gain valuable experience in academic administration and exposure to cutting-edge research in pure and applied mathematics while on leave from their institution. IPAM may make arrangements with the candidate’s employer so the AD retains their benefits and status while on leave of absence. Alternatively, the AD may be hired as a Visiting Researcher and receive UCLA benefits.

The AD is expected to be an active research mathematician or scientist in a related field with a PhD or equivalent, with some experience in conference organization and/or research administration. We welcome candidates from industry and national labs as well as academia. An enthusiasm for mathematics and its applications (broadly construed) and strong communication skills are essential. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

The AD will manage about half of the programs in coordination with the organizing committees (representing diverse scientific fields) and IPAM staff. The AD will also help set institute policy and direction, solicit and review proposals for future programs, recruit industry sponsors for the undergraduate summer program, and occasionally represent IPAM at conferences and meetings. The selected candidate will be encouraged to continue or develop their personal research program as well.

Applications may be submitted online. Applications should include a CV, a short statement of the applicant’s vision for their service at IPAM, and at least three names of references. Applications will receive fullest consideration if received by February 19, 2021. Questions about the position/application may be sent to

More Information about IPAM:

IPAM is an NSF mathematics institute whose principal objective is to encourage cross-fertilization between pure and applied mathematics and other scientific disciplines. IPAM provides a scientific environment where new collaborations can begin and to create active working research groups centered on the topic of the program. Directors, staff, students, and participants are expected to familiarize themselves with and follow the IPAM Community Agreement.

IPAM offers two long programs per year, plus several shorter programs throughout the year. Each long program has significant participation from math and other disciplines, or from multiple fields within mathematics, and consists of tutorials, workshops and a culminating retreat off-campus. IPAM has funding to support both senior and junior scholars, including graduate students, as long term scholars in-residence or as workshop participants. IPAM also sponsors a summer undergraduate industrial research program and a one to three week summer school. Further information on IPAM can be found at

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Statement of Vision - Description of your vision for your service at IPAM

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Job location

Los Angeles, CA