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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL23190

Department: School of Mathematical Sciences
Salary: £31,613 - £36,098 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL23190
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 21-Oct-2020
Closing date: 01-Dec-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/Applied Mathematics and Statistics. It is currently organised into seven research groups: Algebra and Number Theory, Combinatorics, Complex Systems and Networks, Dynamical Systems and Statistical Physics, Geometry and Analysis, Probability and Applications, and Statistics and Data Science.

Following a period of significant growth, the School comprises of around 70 academic staff, 15 research assistants and fellows, and 12 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 moved back into its fully refurbished building during the summer of 2019.

About the role

We invite applications for the position of Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the School of Mathematical Sciences. The successful applicant will work in close collaboration with Dr Felipe Rincón on the project Matroids in Tropical Geometry, funded by EPSRC. The overarching aim of the project is to continue to develop the strong connections between matroid theory and tropical geometry, by pushing the study of two novel tropical objects: tropical ideals and tropical CSM classes.

The successful applicant will have, or be about to obtain, a PhD degree in mathematics, or an equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience. The applicant should have research experience in a field closely related tropical geometry and/or matroid theory, as well as experience in writing high quality research papers.

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 advancing women’s careers, and strongly encourage applications from female applicants. 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.

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Pay & Benefits

The post is full-time and fixed-term for 24 months. The successful candidate will be expected to start the post on 1 March 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter. Starting salary will be in the range £31,613 – £36,098 per annum inclusive of London Allowance. Some travel money is available for academic trips related to the project. Additional benefits include 30 days annual leave and USS pension scheme.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Felipe Rincón at

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is 1 December 2020. Interviews are expected to be held shortly afterwards.

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