What are the factors that make an application competitive for postdoc positions in pure mathematics at top tier universities (e.g. MIT, Harvard, Princeton, UC Berkeley, Stanford) in the US?
Clearly, one needs
- Good recommendation letters
- Interesting research articles
- Some teaching/service experience.
In what proportion are the above needed? E.g. how many good articles, how many courses taught, etc. make an application competitive?
Is there any other important factor I haven't mentioned above?