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Research Assistant - QMUL22150

Department: School of Mathematical Sciences
Salary: £31,613 to £34,220 pro rata (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL22150
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 07-May-2020
Closing date: 24-May-2020

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About us

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 six research groups, namely: Algebra and Number Theory, 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.

Following a period of significant growth, the School comprises of around 70 academic staff, 16 research assistants and fellows, and 13 members of professional services staff. The School is home to around 70 PhD students, and approximately 1,000 undergraduates. Recently, £18M was invested in the School’s building transformation project to provide state-of-the-art research, teaching and study facilities for staff and students. The School is on track to move back into its fully refurbished building during the summer of 2019.

About the role

We invite applications for a Research Assistant to work on the project “A Prototype of a Software Tool to Identify Possible Money Laundering and Fraud Operations in Crypto-Currency Markets”. The project is part of an ongoing collaboration between the research group of Dr. Vincenzo Nicosia and a business partner with world-leading experience in digital frauds and illegal activities in crypto-currency markets.

The successful applicant will possess an MSc in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or closely related discipline, with demonstrable relevant knowledge of complex networks analysis, (through postgraduate studies in the field or relevant work experience). The candidate will also have experience of creating software for network analysis in one or more of C/C++, Python, Mathematica, R, Matlab, Octave, and must be familiar with the Unix operating system environment (Linux, BSD, Mac OS) and with the usage of High-Performance Computing resources.

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.

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Pay & Benefits

The post is full-time fixed-term, and is tenable for nine months, starting as soon as possible. The annual salary will be £31,613 to £34,220 pro rata, inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave pro rata and USS pension scheme. The successful candidate will be expected to start the post 1 July 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Informal enquiries may be made via email to Dr. Vincenzo Nicosia 

To apply, please click the link below.

The closing date for applications is 24 May 2020

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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