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Simons Foundation




Mission and Model

The Simons Foundation’s mission is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences. Co-founded in 1994 in New York City by Jim and Marilyn Simons, the foundation exists to support basic — or discovery-driven — scientific research undertaken in the pursuit of understanding the phenomena of our world.

The Simons Foundation’s support of science takes two forms: We support research by making grants to individual investigators and their projects through academic institutions, and, with the launch of the Flatiron Institute in 2016, we now conduct scientific research in-house, supporting teams of top computational scientists.

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Why Work at the Simons Foundation?

Employees of the foundation are mission-driven, smart and collaborative. Collaboration is a key value of our culture and it is encouraged in everything we do.

The opportunities for gaining further knowledge are endless – you can hear about computational astrophysics at a staff meeting, take advantage of our continuous learning opportunities or attend lectures on topics from black hole collisions and neurodevelopmental disorders to string theory.

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Terence Tao

We ask the 2006 Fields Medalist to talk about his love of mathematics, his current interests and his favorite planet



Rachel Rosen

In her studies of quantum field theory, Rachel Rosen of Columbia University tackles the black-hole information paradox, alternatives to Einstein's theory of gravity and other puzzles in modern physics.



Ashvin Vishwanath

Ashvin Vishawanath's work uses quantum mechanics to explore properties of matter such as superconductivity and magnetism.

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