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Postdoctoral Research Assistant

£36,064 – £38,062 per annum
Closing date: 
Wed, 13/09/2017

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, Probability and Applications, Statistics and Data Analysis. The School also has large and popular undergraduate and graduate programmes.

About the role

We are seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to participate in the EPSRC-funded project “Algorithms that count:  exploring the limits of tractability’’.  The research will be undertaken within the Combinatorics Group in the School of Mathematical Sciences, under the supervision of Professor Mark Jerrum. The project aims to quantify the inherent computational difficulty of counting problems, widely interpreted.  It concentrates particularly on designing and analysing efficient algorithms.  Since algorithms that are both general in scope and exact are seldom achievable, the search will be widened to include approximation algorithms, and algorithms that deal with a certain restricted class of problem instances. 

Applicants should possess an excellent knowledge of computational complexity, analysis of algorithms and/or relevant areas of mathematics such as applied probability or combinatorics, and have a proven record of conducting research in a relevant area.

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 a full time and fixed term appointment for 13 months, with an expected start date of 1 October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. Starting salary will be £36,064 – £38,062 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave and defined benefit pension scheme.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Mark Jerrum at

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To apply, please click on the link above.

The closing date for applications is 13 September 2017. Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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