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Lecturer in Optimisation - QMUL25148

Department: School of Mathematical Sciences
Salary: £43,069 - £53,625 (Grade 5)
Reference: QMUL25148
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 07-Oct-2021
Closing date: 03-Nov-2021

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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 Statistics and is currently organised into seven research groups, namely: 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. The School has large and popular undergraduate and graduate programmes.

Following a period of significant growth, the School comprises 74 academic staff and associate lecturers, 16 research assistants and 12 members of professional services staff. The School is home to around 90 PhD students, and approximately 1,000 undergraduates and 100 master level students. 

About the role

Applications are invited for a Lecturer in Optimisation. We are seeking to appoint an outstanding candidate with a successful track record of applying rigorous research methods to address emerging problems in the general field of combinatorial optimisation. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a research platform within the School and interact with one or more of the existing research groups in the School. We particularly welcome applicants who would complement existing expertise in the School's Combinatorics group.

The successful candidate will have the ability and flexibility to teach across a wide range of topics in mathematics, including modules from the School’s portfolio of Data Science Masters programmes.

All candidates should have a strong interest in pursuing excellence in teaching and supervising graduate students, and will have demonstrated exceptional potential for achieving research excellence. Applicants whose work has had a significant impact outside of the university environment are particularly encouraged to apply.

For further details of the role and selection criteria please refer to the job specifications 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. We strongly encourage applications from women.

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

Pay & Benefits

The post is full-time and permanent, starting in January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. Starting will be in the range of £43,069 - £53,625 inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum, season ticket loan scheme, staff networks and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. Additionally, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Robert Johnson at

Please ensure you include with your application a curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements and a statement explaining your fit with the advertised role. 

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 3 November 2021.  Interviews are expected to be held on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 November.

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