The Geometry Research Group of the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics of the University
of São Paulo (IME-USP) invites applications for a postdoctoral position associated to
the Thematic Project “Algebraic, topological and analytical techniques in Differential Geometry
and Geometric Analysis” (FAPESP 2016/23746-6), to work on Variational Calculus and
Geometric Analysis. We are looking for candidates with strong research potential in the field of the
proposed project. The funding is provided by FAPESP, the research funding agency of the
state of São Paulo (http://www.fapesp.br).
Project Title: From Geometric Analysis to Bifurcation.
- Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Marcos Martins Alexandrino da Silva.
- Project abstract: We seek to extend the application of the techniques of closed minimal
surfaces to the case where they are noncompact and have a boundary, and to explore
bifurcation phenomena related to these surfaces in homogeneous 3-manifolds. More specifically,
we intend to address the following topics: possible elaboration of a survey about
homological systoles in Riemannian manifolds, with the proposal of problems that involve
ambients with group actions and generalised geometries, such as Randers metrics (Finsler);
to explicitly control the topology of noncompact minimal surfaces with boundary
and low index in some 3-dimensional ambients; and to apply bifurcation techniques to
prove the abundancy of minimal tori in Berger spheres which are noncongruent to the
The selected candidate will work at the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics (IME)
of the University of São Paulo (www.ime.usp.br), one of the main Brazilian research centers
in Mathematics, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Marcos Martins Alexandrino da Silva
Address: Instituto de Matemática e Estatística da Universidade de São Paulo, Rua do
Matão, 1010, Cidade Universitária, São Paulo - SP, CEP 05508-090.
Candidate requirements and obligations
Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree in the field of Differential Geometry by the start
date of the scholarship, obtained no longer than seven year ago. Preference will be given to
candidates with previous experience in the field of the project.
The fellowship requires full-time dedication to the research project and the approved applicant
may not hold any other formal or informal employment, nor receive other fellowships
from other entities. The fellowship holder must submit technical reports of the development
of the project within the stipulated time frames. The holder is also not to be absent from the
institution, except to carry out field research or a research placement, for a limited time.
Duration and monthly stipend
The position is for 13 months. There is the possibility of renewing the fellowship for 9
months, up to a total of 22 months, upon conditions that include the recommendation of the
supervisor based on the academic performance of the candidate and availability of funds at
the time. The position includes monthly stipend and research contingency funds. The stipend
of the FAPESP postdoctoral fellowship is R$ 7.373,10. The research contingency funds are
intended for use in the activities developed by the fellowship holder, strictly related to the
research project during the term of the fellowship, and its usage should be reported. These
funds are equivalent to 10% of the annual value of the fellowship. See http://www.fapesp.br/270
for more details.
To apply, the candidate should submit to firstname.lastname@example.org the following documents:
- Cover letter.
- Updated CV and Lattes curriculum (http://lattes.cnpq.br/).
- If the candidate is a foreigner, a copy of the permanent or temporary visa compatible with the proposed activity.
- Copy of Ph.D. certificate.
- Two letters of recommendation