Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London

Position ID: 434-REASS [#11382]
Position Title: Research Associates in Mathematics
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: London, United Kingdom [map]
Subject Areas: geometry, phd, algebraic geometry
Application Deadline: 2017/12/21 finished (posted 2017/11/22, finished 2018/06/24, listed until 2017/12/21)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed. ***

Department of Mathematics

Research Associates in Mathematics

Applications are invited for two Research Associate positions in the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College London. The positions are funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and will involve the study of Vafa-Witten invariants of complex projective surfaces.

Duties and responsibilities

The project will involve working closely with Richard Thomas and the geometry group at Imperial on some aspect of Vafa-Witten theory. Depending on the expertise of the candidate, this will involve research into some of the following topics: enumerative invariants (cohomological or K-theoretic) in algebraic geometry, the geometry or geometric representation theory of Hilbert schemes of points on surfaces, the study of coherent sheaves – and their derived categories – on algebraic varieties, deformation theory of sheaves and virtual fundamental classes, derived algebraic geometry, wall crossing formulae, virtual localisation calculations.

Essential requirements

The successful candidates will hold a PhD or equivalent level of professional qualifications and/or experience in algebraic geometry or closely related fields.

It is essential that you have:


• Original research results in algebraic geometry, geometric representation theory or theoretical high energy physics Knowledge • A broad and strong background in geometry Skills & Abilities • Ability to carry out original research and to produce published research papers • Ability to identify, develop and apply new concepts, techniques and methods • Ability to organise and prioritise own work with minimal supervision • Ability to prioritise own work in response to deadlines • Ability to work with others, especially postdocs and graduate students • High level analytical capability • Ability to communicate complex information clearly • Resilience and independence in the face of research difficulties and setbacks

Please complete and upload an application form as directed, also providing a CV and a list of publications.

For any specific queries regarding the post please contact Prof Richard Thomas (

Our preferred method of application is online via our website. Please go to and search using the vacancy reference NAT00022

For technical issues when applying online please email

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380 - £34,040 per annum.

Closing date: 21 December 2017

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