The University of Adelaide, MEC

1485 15583Position ID: 1485-GFR [#15583, 503752]
Position Title: Grant-Funded Researcher A - School of Mathematics
Position Type: Fellowship or award
Position Location: Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia [map]
Subject Area: Index Theory
Application Deadline: none (posted 2020/01/23)
Position Description:    

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(Level A) $86,587 to $92,796 per annum plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation may apply

2 x fixed term, full time positions available for 2 years with the possibility of an additional 1 year subject to funding and performance

Build your research career at the School of Mathematical Sciences with Australian Laureate Fellow, Elder Professor Mathai Varghese

The School of Mathematical Sciences is one of the eight Schools that make up the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.  Pure Mathematics received the top ranking of 5 in Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018 and ERA 2015, making it one of the premier departments in the country.  It hosts the Institute for Geometry and its Applications, ( which is extremely active at organising workshops, lecture series and instructional schools that benefit Higher Degree Research students, Early Career Researchers and other staff. Interaction with other researchers and students in the school is also encouraged.

The first position is a Laureate Postdoctoral Research Fellow position contributing to the ARC funded project ‘Advances in Index Theory’.  Geometric analysis, especially Index Theory, is a major branch of mathematics, studying geometry and physics via differential equations, often resulting in striking results. The ambitious aims of this research project are to develop novel techniques to investigate Geometric analysis on infinite dimensional bundles, as well as Geometric analysis of pathological spaces with Cantor set as fibre, that arise in models for the fractional quantum Hall effect and topological matter that are areas recognised with the 1998 and 2016 Nobel Prizes. This proposal builds on the applicant’s expertise in the area, involves postgraduate and postdoctoral training, enhancing Australia’s position at the forefront of international research in Geometric Analysis.

The second position will contribute to the ARC funded project, ‘Coarse Geometry: a novel approach to the Callias index & topological matter’.  Coarse geometry is the study of the large-scale structure of metric spaces, in terms of operator algebras. This project aims to use coarse geometry to develop novel approaches to Callias index theory and its applications, and to topological phases of matter, where the Nobel Prize in physics in 2016 was awarded. This will yield new techniques in index theory and other areas, and solutions to several important problems. Outcomes include a noncompact generalisation of the famous Guillemin-Sternberg conjecture that quantisation commutes with reduction, and new models of topological phases of matter in terms of K-theory of operator algebras.

To be successful you will need:

  • A PhD in Pure Mathematics or Mathematical Physics (if thesis submission is pending, state expected submission date).
  • Demonstrated strong research capability, in terms of publications in either index theory, geometric analysis, noncommutative geometry, quantization of symplectic manifolds, mathematics of condensed matter physics or string theory or related areas.
  • The potential to develop a strong publication record in the general area of the project or related areas.
  • Considerable initiative and ability to work with Prof Varghese and/or independently when required, and to interact with other researchers in the school.
Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our core values are honesty, respect, fairness, discovery and excellence. Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity, We are firm believers that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills of our staff.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Elder Professor Mathai Varghese
Australian Laureate Fellow, School of Mathematical Sciences

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.

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