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Postdoctoral Research Assistant

£32,052 - £35,672 per annum
Closing date: 
Wed, 20/01/2016

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 six research groups, namely: Algebra, 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.

About the role

We are seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to participate in the EPSRC-funded project “Challenges of Applied Algebraic Topology’’. The research will be undertaken under the supervision of Professor Michael Farber. The project studies probabilistic models of large random spaces and investigates their topological and geometric properties. Such spaces can be used for modelling large systems in various practical applications. The project also tackles some other problems of topological robotics such as investigation of topology of configuration spaces of linkages and other mechanisms.

Applicants should possess an excellent knowledge of algebraic topology and have a proven record of conducting research; knowledge and experience of working in other relevant research areas of mathematics (such as applied probability or combinatorics) will be an advantage.

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 appointment for one year, with an expected start date of 1st April 2016  or as soon as possible thereafter, until June 2017. Salary will be in the range of £32,052 - £35,672, inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

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 Michael Farber at

Details about the school can be found at

To apply, please click on the link above.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 6 March 2016. Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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