The Santa Fe Institute – a private, not-for-profit theoretical research and education facility – is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral fellow in a multidisciplinary research program on scaling theory. The research seeks to derive general scaling relationships applicable to a wide variety of systems spanning bacteria to human institutions. The research will draw on a wide range of techniques spanning mathematical biology, physical theory, and the compilation of data from existing literature.  

The successful candidates will work closely with Profs. Chris Kempes and Geoffrey West at the Santa Fe Institute, and a group of interdisciplinary researchers and postdocs within the SFI community. This community represents leading researchers on the study of scaling phenomena in diverse systems.

The position is for 2 years and subject to annual reviews. 

As a highly interdisciplinary position, the ideal candidate could have a variety of combined skills and training.  However, the ideal candidate would combine a background in quantitative modeling and theory development with detailed knowledge of specific biological and/or human systems. One area of particular focus of this position will be on bacterial scaling relationships and thus knowledge of theoretical/mathematical biology, evolution, bioinformatics, or bacterial physiology is beneficial. 

Postdoctoral fellows will be strongly encouraged to interact and collaborate with members of the larger SFI community. The institute provides discretionary and collaborative funds and a competitive salary of $60,000 with a generous benefits package including paid family leave. Ideally, the successful applicant would start early 2020, the start date is negotiable.

To apply, please send an email containing your CV and a 1-page research statement to with the subject line “SFI Program Postdoc, Scaling Theory”. Please include names and contact information of at least three references as well as a possible start date. Candidates who have applied to the SFI Complexity Postdoctoral Fellowship can be considered for this position without submitting any additional materials; they should, however, indicate their interest to the email above. Finalists for the position will be brought to SFI for the opportunity to present research, meet with Profs. Kempes and West, and interact with the SFI community. For additional information regarding scientific matters, email


The Santa Fe Institute is an equal opportunity employer. Women and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.