Applications for the 2024 Complexity Postdoctoral Fellowships will be accepted on line from August 1st until October 13th, 2023

The Santa Fe Institute Complexity Postdoctoral Fellowships, comprising the Omidyar Fellowships, are unique among postdoctoral appointments. The Fellowships offer early-career scholars the opportunity to join a collaborative research community that nurtures creative, transdisciplinary thought in pursuit of key insights about the complex systems that matter most for science and society. The Institute rejects compartmentalized thought common in academia. Instead, SFI scientists transcend boundaries between fields, freely synthesizing ideas spanning many disciplines – from math, physics, and biology to the social sciences and the humanities – in pursuit of creative insights that advance our scientific frontiers.

The SFI Complexity Postdoctoral Fellowships offers you:

  • unparalleled intellectual freedom
  • transdisciplinary collaboration with leading researchers worldwide
  • up to three years in residence in Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • discretionary research and collaboration funds
  • competitive salary, generous benefits and paid family leave
  • a structured leadership training program

The Institute has no formal programs or departments. Research is collaborative and spans the physical, natural, and social sciences. Most research is theoretical (SFI does not have lab facilities) and/or computational in nature, although some research includes an empirical component. SFI averages 16 postdoctoral fellows, 12 resident faculty, 100 external faculty, and 1000 visitors per year. SFI's research themes and interests of its faculty and current fellows can be found at SFI Research.

As thought leaders who shape the future of science, SFI Postdoctoral Fellows participate in a provocative training program structured to develop leadership skills throughout their three-year residencies and beyond.  The program focuses on sustained mentoring relationships with SFI resident and external faculty, skill development workshops, off-campus research and teaching experiences, and the variety of scholarly leadership and science management opportunities at SFI. 


  • a Ph.D. in any scientific discipline (granted within 6 years of the application deadline or expect to receive one by September 2024)
  • strong computational and quantitative skills
  • an exemplary academic record
  • a proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • a demonstrated interest in multidisciplinary research
  • evidence of the ability to think beyond traditional paradigms

Applications are welcome from:

  • candidates from any country
  • candidates from any scientific discipline with strong quantitative skills 
  • women and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply

SFI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. Women and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. SFI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples and is committed to building a culturally diverse research environment. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement, however, you must be legally able to work in the US. SFI will sponsor a J1 Visa for successful candidates. SFI is not able to sponsor a H1B Visa for candidates.

Application Materials:

Interested candidates must submit the following:

  1. Curriculum vitae (including publications list).
  2. Statement of research interests (max. 2 pages) including a short description of the research you would like to pursue and why.
  3. Description of interest in SFI (max. 1 page) that describes your potential contribution to the SFI community and also explains the potential impact of SFI on your research. Consider addressing one or more of the following: What kind of input from other fields would most improve your future research? What type of multidisciplinary workshop might you want to organize during your Fellowship? What aspects of your present or future research are difficult to pursue in a traditional academic environment?
  4. Three letters of recommendation from scholars who know your work. (When you complete the online application, please be prepared to provide e-mail addresses of the three individuals who will recommend you. SFI will contact them directly with instructions for submitting letters.)
  5. (Optional) A copy of one paper (or draft) relevant to your application that you have written in English, either published or unpublished.

To apply:

For additional information or assistance please email: Hilary Skolnik 

The Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute is made possible by a generous gift from Pam and Pierre Omidyar.