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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL13148

Department: School of Mathematical Sciences
Salary: £36,677 - £38,709 (Grade 5)
Reference: QMUL13148
Date posted: 31-Oct-2017
Closing date: 30-Nov-2017

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About us

Queen Mary is one of London and the UK’s leading research-focused universities. With over 20,000 students, it is amongst the largest of the colleges of the University of London. Queen Mary’s 4,000 staff teach and research across a wide range of subjects in Science and Engineering, the Humanities, Social Sciences and Laws, and Medicine and Dentistry.

The School of Mathematical Science has an exceptionally strong research presence across the spectrum of areas within Pure and Applied Mathematics, and is currently organised into seven research groups, namely: Algebra, Combinatorics, Complex Systems and Networks, Dynamical Systems and Statistical Physics, Geometry and Analysis and Probability and Applications. The School also has large and popular undergraduate and graduate programmes.

The School is entering an exciting period of strategic growth with significant investment in new posts over the next three years across a broad range of disciplines.  In addition to academic appointments, approximately £20M is being invested in the School’s building to provide state-of-the-art research, teaching and study facilities for staff and students.

About the role

We invite applications for a research assistant position, funded by the US Department of Agriculture, to work with Dr Silvia Liverani at Queen Mary University of London, Professor Ann Stapleton at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Dr Weijia Xu at the University of Texas at Austin, on an exciting collaborative project aimed at improving crop production. The research will involve developing a data analysis tool to help predict how specific plant varieties will react in environmental conditions such as extreme temperatures, drought, strong winds and a range of soil types.

The successful applicant will work on a software application that can accommodate the complex calculations necessary to determine which combinations of genetic traits have the greatest influence over a plant’s ability to survive in different environments.

For further details of the role and selection criteria please refer to the job specification attached.

The School and Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science

The School holds a departmental Bronze Athena SWAN Award and is a registered supporter of the LMS Good Practice scheme. We are committed to the equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers. We have policies to support staff returning from long-term absence, for flexible arrangements for staff with parental responsibilities and for child-care support for the attendance of conferences. As part of the School’s commitment to the Athena SWAN and the LMS Good Practice principles we strongly encourage applications from women.

Please visit for information about the School and for our family friendly policies and parental leave.

Pay & Benefits

The post is full-time for 1 year. Starting salary will be in the range £36,677 - £38,709, inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, childcare vouchers scheme and a defined benefit pension scheme. The successful candidate will be expected to start the post in January 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Silvia Liverani at

To apply, please click the link below.

The closing date for applications is 30 November 2017.

Interviews are expected to be held in December 2017.

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