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Congratulations to Dr Matthew Fayers, Dr Karim Malik and Dr Juan Valiente-Kroon on their promotions to reader / senior lecturer positions.

We look forward to welcoming Professor Yan Fyodorov, Dr Konstantin Ardakov, Dr Adrian Baule, Dr David Ellis and Dr Behrang Noohi to the School of Mathematical Sciences over the next month.

*Prof. Yan Fyodorov, Professor of Applied Probability and
Mathematical Physics*

Yan
received his Doctor of Science degree in Theoretical and Mathematical
Physics from St Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute in 1994 and his
Habilitation degree from University of Essen in 1998. He started his
career as a researcher in St Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute in
1988, moving to the University of Essen in 1994 first as a research
associate and then becoming Privatdozent. From 2000 until 2005 Yan held a
chair at Brunel University, moving to the University of Nottingham in
2005 to take up a chair in Mathematical Physics (Complex and Disordered
Systems) . Yan also held visiting positions in the Weizmann Institute,
the University of Cologne, Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences
and Ecole Normale Superieure. His research interests are mainly centred
on applications of random matrix theory to mathematical and theoretical
physics of disordered systems, both classical and quantum. His recent
work explores statistical properties of random landscapes and the
extreme value statistics of strongly correlated random fields
(fractional Brownian motion, 1/f noise, branching random walks). He is
regarded as a world leading expert on random matrix theory and its
applications and on supermatrix nonlinear sigma models. Yan has been a
recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the prestigious
F.W. Bessel research award in 2006. *Dr Konstantin Ardakov, Reader in Pure Mathematics*

Konstantin received his PhD degree in Mathematics
from Christ’s College, University of Cambridge in 2004. He stayed at
Christ’s College for two more years as Sir Robert and Lady Clayton
Junior Research Fellow. Following this he moved to Sheffield as a
research associate in the Department of Pure Mathematics. From 2007
until 2011 Konstantin worked in the Department of Mathematics of
University of Nottingham, first as Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and
then as a lecturer. Konstantin’s research interests lie in
non-commutative algebra. He works on p-adic representation theory and is
regarded as a world authority on Iwasawa algebras.*Dr Adrian Baule, Lecturer in Applied
Mathematics/Financial Mathematics*

Adrian received his PhD in Physics from the
University of Leeds in 2008. From 2008 until 2010 he was postdoctoral
researcher at The Rockefeller University, New York, working with
Boltzmann medalist Eddie Cohen. After a brief stay at the Dana-Farber
Cancer Institute, Harvard School of Public Health, he was appointed as a
distinguished postdoctoral fellow (Levich Fellow) at the Benjamin
Levich Institute, The City College of New York, in 2010. Adrian works on
the foundations of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, in particular
fluctuation theorems and large deviation theory, as well as on
stochastic models of nonequilibrium transport processes. His is also
interested in applications of stochastic processes in financial
mathematics.*Dr David
Ellis, Lecturer in Pure Mathematics*

David received his Ph.D. degree from the
Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, University
of Cambridge in 2010. From 2009 to 2011, he was Junior Research Fellow
in Pure Mathematics at St John’s College, Cambridge. From September 2009 until February 2010 David spent
time at the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics, UCLA, Los
Angeles, first as a full time participant of the Programme
`Combinatorics: Methods and Applications in Mathematics and Computer
Science’ and then as a visiting researcher there. David works on a
variety of problems in combinatorics, and on the interface between
combinatorics and algebra. In addition to combinatorial and
probabilistic techniques he uses Fourier analysis and representation
theory in his research.*Dr
Behrang Noohi, Lecturer in Pure Mathematics*

Behrang received his PhD degree in Mathematics
from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2000. He advanced his
career first as a post-doctoral researcher in Canada, at the University
of British Columbia and University of Western Ontario, and then as
faculty member at Florida State University. From 2008 until 2011 he was a
lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at King’s College London.
Behrang also held visiting positions at Max-Plank Institute in Bonn,
I.H.E.S. in Paris and M.S.R.I. in Berkeley. His research interests are
in algebraic geometry, category theory and homotopy theory, with work on
topological stacks, 2-groups and higher principal bundles. Behrang was
awarded Gold (1990) and Silver (1991) medals in the International
Mathematical Olympiads.