Frequently Asked Questions - TIMC

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What is the Tutte Institute for Mathematics and Computing (TIMC)?

The Tutte Institute for Mathematics and Computing (TIMC) is a government research institute focused on research in mathematics and computer science.

What is the TIMC's affiliation with CSE?

The TIMC is sponsored and funded by CSE. It supports CSE’s unique requirements in the areas of mathematics and computer science.

CSE is Canada's national cryptologic agency and one of the country’s key security and intelligence organizations.

What opportunities are available for collaborating with TIMC?

Please contact the TIMC directly to inquire about possible opportunities for collaboration at

What are the requirements for contracting with the TIMC?

Due to the highly classified nature of the work, in order to work at the TIMC applicants must hold Canadian citizenship and be eligible for a Top Secret Security Clearance.

The security clearance process takes, on average, about six months to complete. Further details regarding the security screening process can be found on the CSE Careers – How to Apply web page.

Why is the security clearance process so extensive?

Some of the research conducted at the TIMC is highly sensitive; therefore all employees and contractors must obtain a Top Secret Security Clearance. At any time in the screening process, applicants may choose to withdraw.

I hold a joint-citizenship/dual citizenship. Am I still eligible to work for TIMC?

You may be eligible to work for the TIMC; however this is decided on a case-by-case basis. We encourage you to contact us to discuss your options at

I still have questions.

If we haven’t answered your questions, please feel free to contact us directly at

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