For Ph.D. recipients in engineering, computer science, mathematics and related areas

ISR postdoctoral appointments are available for recipients of Ph.D. degrees who have interests in systems engineering and its applications. Candidates must have received their degrees by August 31 of the same year that the appointment begins. Typically, appointments are effective from September through August. Academic excellence and outstanding potential for basic research weigh heavily in appointment selection.


ISR postdoctoral appointees have the unique opportunity to participate in state-of-the-art systems research. Exceptional opportunities exist for research in collaboration with leading industrial and government research laboratories. Appointments offer generous salaries and provide excellent benefits. Appointments are typically for one year and are renewable up to a second year based on performance and the availability of funds.

Application procedure

We encourage potential postdoctoral applicants to review the ISR faculty directory and directly contact faculty conducting research in your area of interest to see whether positions may be available.

To be considered for a postdoctoral appointment, applicants must submit:

  • curriculum vitae, including a list of publications
  • sample publications (two or three will suffice)
  • a transcript from the institution where the Ph.D. was (or will be) earned, showing grades in courses taken
  • three letters of recommendation
  • statement of research interests and goals, including:
    • the applicant's prioritized areas of interest from the list above, and
    • the reason the applicant wishes to participate in this program

All materials must be received by the Institute for Systems Research by January 15 to qualify candidates for fall consideration. Mail applications to:

Attn: Postdoctoral Appointment Review
Institute for Systems Research
2165 A.V. Williams Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742