Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London

Position ID: 434-RA [#11935]
Position Title: Research Associate in Mathematics
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: London, United Kingdom [map]
Subject Areas: mathematics, physics and engineering applied mathematics
Application Deadline: 2018/05/25 finished (2018/04/27, finished 2018/12/02, listed until 2018/10/27)
Position Description:    

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

Research Associate in Mathematics

Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics Section, Department of Mathematics

Faculty of Natural Sciences

South Kensington Campus

Salary Range: £36,800- £44, 220 p.a.

Fixed Term for 24 Months

Start date: 1st October 2018

Applications are invited from a talented individual with strong analytical skills to join Dr Ory Schnitzer’s research group in the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College London as a Research Associate in the Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics section.

The post holder will work to develop new mathematics for nanoplasmonics, a topical field in applied physics. In particular, the post holder will seek asymptotic solutions of (PDE) eigenvalue problems governing the optical resonances of metallic nanoparticles, as well as explore the application of these solutions in nanophotonics.

The position would suit applicants interested in developing a career at the intersection of mathematics, physics and engineering. Prior expertise in asymptotic methods and singular perturbation techniques is required. Knowledge in wave phenomena, electromagnetic theory, or fluid dynamics is an advantage.

The RA will work directly with Dr Ory Schnitzer, and join a vibrant research group with multiple academic collaborators working on related wave problems, as well as the AMMP Section within the Department of Mathematics at Imperial and colleagues in the Department of Physics. The successful applicant will be supported in their career development with a range of formal courses and on-the-job training.

It is essential that you have: • The successful candidate must hold a PhD (or equivalent) in mathematics, applied mathematics, physics, engineering or closely related discipline.

Experience and knowledge:

• Desire to develop asymptotic methodology to address applied problems in physics and engineering.

• Excellent track record in carrying out original research of high quality in applied mathematics, physics, engineering or an equivalent quantitative field.

• A strong background in asymptotic analysis and singular perturbation techniques. This may include for example matched asymptotic expansions, WKB expansions, ray methods, asymptotic evaluation of integrals, etc.

• Good programming skills in Matlab.

Skills and abilities:

• Be willing to travel and spend time overseas as part of the project.

• Ability to work and communicate effectively to a wide range of applied mathematics, physicists and engineers.

• Ability to carry out original research and publish in high impact journals.

• Ability to exercise initiative and judgment in carrying out research tasks.

• Ability to prioritise own work in response to deadlines.

• Ability to identify, develop and apply new concepts, techniques and methods.

• Creative approach to problem-solving.

• Ability to organise and prioritise own work with minimal supervision.

• Ability to keep accurate records of research results and activity. • Excellent written communication skills and the ability to write scientifically, clearly and succinctly for publication.

• Ability to present research with authority and coherence.

• Basic text processing skills.

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 Dr Ory Schnitzer (

To apply, please visit

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact Ms Mona El-Khatib, (

For technical issues when applying online please email

* Maximum salary on appointment £38,730. 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: 25 May 2018

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