AARMS postdoctoral fellowships attract talented young mathematical scientists from around the world to pursue advanced research.   The next competition will start in Fall 2021.  We highly recommend that you read the RULES before applying.

Postdoctoral fellows

Current fellows

Pranabesh Das

Pranabesh Das received his Ph.D. from the Indian Statistical Institute in 2018. After completing his doctorate degree, he joined the University of Waterloo, Canada as a postdoctoral fellow with Cam Stewart where he stayed for the next three years. In July 2021 he joined Dalhousie University as a postdoc working with Karl Dilcher. His research interests lie in number theory, more specifically in Diophantine equations, Diophantine approximations, number sequences, and transcendence.

Melissa Huggan

Melissa Huggan completed her PhD in 2019 at Dalhousie University. She then joined Ryerson University as an NSERC postdoctoral fellow working under the supervision of Anthony Bonato. She is now working as an AARMS postdoctoral fellow under the supervision of Margaret-Ellen Messinger at Mount Allison University. Melissa’s research interests are in combinatorial game theory, graph theory, and pursuit-evasion games.

Blake Keeler

Blake Keeler bio TBA.

Juan Margalef

Juan Margalef completed his Ph.D. in mathematical physics in 2018 under the supervision of Fernando Barbero and Eduardo Villaseñor. He did his first postdoc at Penn State University with Abhay Ashtekar. Currently, he is a postdoc at MUN with Ivan Booth and Hari Kunduri. His work revolves around the mathematical aspects of General Relativity and Field Theories. His main achievement is the development of the relative bicomplex framework, an essential generalization of the standard covariant phase space in the presence of boundaries, which has been used by him and his collaborators to solve several long-lasting problems. His goal now is to apply these techniques to some horizons problems in which the group of MUN is a world-leading expert. Juan Margalef is also passionate about science communication and outreach.

Geoffrey Vooys

Geoffrey Vooys completed his PhD at the University of Calgary in Summer 2021 specializing in arithmetic geometry and category theory. He is now working as a postdoctoral fellow under the supervision of Dorette Pronk at Dalhousie. Geoff’s main research interests primarily include equivariant geometry, arithmetic geometry, (higher) category theory, descent theory, and applications of geometry and category theory to the Langlands Programme for p-adic groups.

Nomaan X

Nomaan X completed his PhD at the Raman research institute in April 2021 working on various aspects of quantum field theory on causal sets. He is going to join the gravity group at the University of New Brunswick. Nomaan’s research interests include causal sets, discrete geometry and more broadly, computational methods in quantum gravity. He is also interested in classical and semi-classical general relativity.

Shuwen Xue

Shuwen Xue bio TBA.

Past fellows

  • Matthew Amy, Dalhousie 2019-21
  • Marzieh Bayeh, Dalhousie 2016-18
  • Roslaind Cameron, Memorial 2017-19
  • Evgeny Chibrikov, Memorial 2009-11
  • Alin Ciuperca, University of New Brunswick 2009-11
  • Kia Dalili, Dalhousie 2005-07
  • Marco de Cesare, University of New Brunswick 2018-20
  • Chris Duffy, Dalhousie 2015-17
  • Jonathan Gallagher, Dalhousie 2019-21
  • Mahya Ghandehari, Dalhousie 2010-12
  • Alexei Gordienko, Memorial 2010-12
  • Daniele Gregoris, Dalhousie 2015-17
  • Nathan Grieve, UNB 2015-17
  • Thomas Guedenon, Mount Allison 2003-05
  • Rebecca Hammond, Acadia 2007-09
  • Sigbjorn Hervik, Dalhousie 2005-06
  • Daniel Horsley, Memorial 2008-10
  • Golam Hossain, University of New Brunswick 2008-10
  • Qingzhong Huang, Memorial 2018-20
  • Tobey Kenney, Dalhousie 2006-08
  • Dawood Kothawala, University of New Brunswick 2010-12
  • Suzanne Lanéry, University of New Brunswick 2018-20
  • Peter LeFanu Lumsdaine, Dalhousie 2010-12
  • Shuabing Liu, Memorial 2017-18
  • Rory Lucyshyn-Wright, Mount Allison 2015-17
  • Rogers Mathew, Dalhousie 2011-12
  • Charles Paquette, University of New Brunswick 2012-14
  • Rui Peng, Memorial 2010-12
  • Israel Rocha, Dalhousie 2015-16
  • Viraj Sanghai, Dalhousie 2017-18
  • Hongying Shu, UNB 2011-13
  • Douglas Stones, Dalhousie 2013-14
  • Martin Szyld, Dalhousie 2019-21
  • Ryan Tifenbach, Memorial 2012-14
  • Daniele Turchetti, Dalhousie 2018-20
  • Justin Tzou, Dalhousie 2013-15
  • Francis Valiquette, Dalhousie 2011-13
  • Michael A. Warren, Dalhousie 2010-11
  • Abraham Westerbaan, Dalhousie 2019-20
  • Ping Wong Ng, University of New Brunswick 2003-05
  • Yuzaho Wang, Memorial 2013-15
  • Abraham Westerbaan, Dalhousie 2020-21
  • Oliver Winkler, University of New Brunswick 2004-06
  • Dansheng Yu, Saint Francis Xavier 2006-08
  • Peng Zhou, Memorial Univeristy 2015-17
  • Baocheng Zhu, Memorial University 2015-17
  • Jonathan Ziprick, University of New Brunswick 2014-16

Rules and procedures

The rules listed below apply specifically to the 2021-22 AARMS Postdoctoral competition. Rules for the 2022-23 competition will be posted here the end of September 2022.

Eligibility and place of tenure

AARMS postdoctoral fellowships are awarded, on the recommendation of its Scientific Review Panel (SRP), to beginning researchers who received their PhD no more than four years before the Stage 1 deadline given below. Applications will be considered from those who anticipate receiving their PhD before the proposed start time of the fellowship, however the PhD must be in hand before actually beginning the fellowship. AARMS will provide $25,000 per year for the fellowship and the supervisor is responsible for organizing matching funds of at least $17,500.  In addition, AARMS will provide travel funding of up to $1500 per year for all AARMS funded postdocs.

It is typically expected that the proposed supervisor will not be the same person as the applicant’s PhD supervisor, and that the proposed Postdoctoral Fellowship will be at a different university than the one at which the PhD was awarded. The proposed supervisor(s) must be a full-time tenure track or tenured faculty member at an AARMS member university, and the proposed research must be in the Mathematical Sciences or a closely related field.  A co-supervisor who is outside of Atlantic Canada may be proposed but the postdoc may not spend more that one semester per year outside Atlantic Canada.


Normally two years. Funding for the second year is dependent upon satisfactory performance demonstrated in the detailed progress report submitted by the supervisor(s).


Applicants must first choose one or more faculty members from AARMS member universities who they wish to nominate as potential supervisors.  Applicants may also nominate a team of Atlantic researchers as co-supervisors, possibly at different Atlantic Canadian Universities.  Candidates are strongly encouraged to contact prospective supervisor(s) in advance to gauge their interest/ability to support the applicant as a postdoctoral fellow.

Once the potential supervisor(s) have been selected, the applicant should create an application in response to the “AARMS Postdoctoral Fellowship” advertisement on MathJobs.org.  The application should include:

  • A cover letter stating the proposed supervisor(s).
  • An up-to-date CV including publication list.
  • A detailed description of the research area and the research to be carried out during the tenure of the fellowship as well as a description of how the candidate would interact with the supervisor(s).
  • Letters of reference from at least two referees.  Referees should be persons who are familiar with the candidate’s work and can comment on their suitability for an AARMS postdoctoral fellowship.

We highly recommend that you complete this stage of the application well before the deadline.  People you ask to provide letters of reference are usually very busy and may not be able to respond in time if you give them short notice.  Without the required letters of reference your application will not be successful.

It is permitted for a supervisor to support more than one applicant, subject to the following restrictions:

  • The supervisor is only permitted to support as many applicants as the supervisor has financial resources to fund, considering that all such applicants might be successful.  The supervisor must demonstrate this financial capacity to support all applicants in the letter of support.
  • The supervisor is encouraged to provide, in the letter of support, a ranking of the multiple applicants for whom they are named as the sole supervisor.

AARMS aims to increase the participation of under-represented groups in the mathematical sciences. We welcome postdoctoral applications from Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.


Applications will be reviewed by the Scientific Review Panel, who will make a recommendation to the Director.

Timetable (2021-2022 Competition)

  • October 9 – MathJobs.org will begin accepting Stage 1 applications
  • November 15 – Stage 1 application deadline.  All material from applicants, including letters of reference, must be received by MathJobs.org by 11:59 pm, Atlantic time.
  • November 16 – 23 – AARMS contacts potential supervisors named in Stage 1 applications.
  • December 14 – Stage 2 application deadline.  Letters of support from potential supervisors must be received by 11:59 pm, Atlantic time.
  • February 1 – Deadline for the assessment phase. Initial offers on Postdoctoral fellowships are made within the next few weeks. The department/university offered an award is requested to provide to AARMS a signed “funding package”, showing the annual contributions by the supervisor(s), the department, and the university. Their amount has to be at least $17,500 and may require that the fellowship holder teach up to one class each term (including spring/summer sessions). If an offer is declined AARMS reserves the right to either offer or to refrain from offering a fellowship to the next candidate in the ranking. If a successful candidate has also been offered an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship it is permitted to accept the AARMS award as well. In this case AARMS will contribute $7,500 per year on top of the NSERC award. No matching fees will be required from the supervisor(s).
  • June 30 – Deadline for reports from supervisors of renewing PDFs. The supervisor must submit a detailed progress report, outlining the research work and listing publications, talks, etc.  The PDF is also expected to acknowledge the support of AARMS in their publications.
  • August 31 – Latest possible termination date for the second year of a PDF.
  • September 1 – Start time for the fellowship. AARMS will transfer $12,500 (first half of the annual amount) during the month when the PDF starts their programme, and the same amount six months later. This is done upon receipt of a formal invoice from the hosting department/university. It is acceptable for the start of a fellowship to be delayed up until December 1, but funding will be reduced proportionate to the delay. This reduction will be reconciled in the second year of funding.


All applications should be submitted through MathJobs.org.  Here is the link: https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/list/18254