Sevag Gharibian, a PhD graduate from the David R. Cheriton School and current postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkley, has been awarded a prestigious NSERC Banting Postdoctoral fellowship based on his work while at the University of Waterloo.
Gharibian's proposed research builds on his PhD thesis - efficiently computing approximate solutions to inherently quantum problems. Aside from its complexity theoretic appeal, this area is exciting from a practical standpoint.
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is administered by Canada’s three research granting councils - the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and aims to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally, to develop their leadership potential and to position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada’s economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career.
A Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship is valued at $70,000 per year (taxable), for two years.