Faculty of Mathematics Prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computer Science Position

Applications are invited for a Faculty of Mathematics Prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship (MPPDF) in Computer Science position.

The MPPDF program intends to attract high-calibre scholars to conduct research in Applied Mathematics, Combinatorics and Optimization, Computer Science, Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science or any related fields. One Fellowship per year will be awarded in Computer Science, recognizing postdoctoral researchers with the potential to transform their field of research.

The Fellowship is valued at a minimum guaranteed CAD 75,000 plus benefits per year for up to two years. A research stipend of CAD 15,000 per year for up to two years is also awarded to the recipient. Teaching is not required but can be arranged if desired at the sessional lecturer rate of CAD 10,000 per course section. The anticipated start date is 1 July 2023; however, an alternate start date may be negotiated.


  • Open to citizens of any country
  • Must conduct research in any field of Computer Science
  • Must have completed a PhD no earlier than three years prior to the start date of the proposed Fellowship. The window of eligibility can be extended by a cumulative maximum of two years if the applicant had their career interrupted due to parental leave, illness of a family member or oneself, and/or any other critical life events (e.g.,war, natural disasters, etc.)
  • At the time of application submission, the applicant must not hold a postdoc position or be employed at the University of Waterloo.


Fellowship recipients must:

  • complete their research at the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo
  • submit a max 300-word progress report, at least four weeks prior to the start of the second year, outlining completed research activities in the first year and proposed research activities for the second year
  • submit a max 500-word final report, at least two weeks before their completion date, outlining their research activities during the tenure of the Fellowship.

Application Process

The application package shall consist of:

  • a cover letter
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a research statement, or research proposal, including objectives of the research project(s), brief methodology, novelty and significance of the proposed research, and broader impacts
  • the names, positions, and email addresses of three referees.

Applications should be sent to the Assistant to the Director of the School, Tracy Dietrich, at tdietrich@uwaterloo.ca. The deadline for receiving applications is May 1, 2023.

The University of Waterloo values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. We regard equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and are committed to accessibility for all employees. The University seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, diversity, anti-racism, and inclusion. As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized.