UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Science and Technology / Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Position ID: 2675-PRP [#20145, 227747]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Mathematics
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: TromsøNordland 9037, Norway [map]
Subject Area: Mathematics
Application Deadline: 2022/09/04 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2022/06/15, listed until 2022/09/04)
Position Description:    

The position
UiT The Arctic University of Norway has a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position vacant from 01.12.2022. The position is attached to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and the reserach group in Algebra.

The position is a fixed term position for a duration of two years, with a possibility of extending by one more year subject to complementary teaching responsibilities. Appointment to the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow is mainly intended to provide qualification for work in top academic positions. It is a prerequisite that the applicant can carry out the project over the full course of the employment period. No person may hold more than one fixed term position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the same institution.

The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø. You must be able to start in the position within a reasonable time after receiving the offer.

The position’s affiliation
The Faculty of Science and Technology consists of the following departments: Department of Chemistry, Department of Computer Science, Department of Engineering and Safety, Department of Geology, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and Department of Physics and Technology.

The position is at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is a leading research department in algebraic geometry, differential geometry, complex systems modeling, and climate science. It provides education at the bachelor, master, and Ph.D. levels. Around 50 people are employed in the department, at the moment there are 21 PhD positions and 3 postdoctoral positions at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

The position's field of research
The position will be attached to the project “UiT Aurora Center for Mathematical Structures in Computations” (MASCOT) funded by the UiT Aurora Centers initiative. The MASCOT Center aims to unify and advance research frontiers in the interplay of pure mathematics and computations by exploring fundamental mathematical structures and their increasing significance for modern algorithms and novel program architectures.

The focus of research will be on novel possibilities to explore the algebraic and geometric nature of computational complexity, and analyze structural methods to reduce this complexity, as well as to adapt these methods to concrete applications in optimization, control theory, and robotics More concretely, the announced position will be attached to a work package on optimization of computations via algebraic and combinatorial approaches to complexity. Here the research will center around mathematical structures that are fundamental for efficient computations, in particular, on the role of symmetry to facilitate and structure computational processes.

Applicants must submit a project proposal that describes how they scientifically can contribute to the MASCOT project. 

Further information about the position is available by contacting:

Leader of the Algebra research group professor Cordian Riener: cordian.riener@uit.no
Head of Department professor Martin Rypdal: martin.rypdal@uit.no

For appointment as Postdoctoral Research Fellow, the applicant must have a Norwegian doctoral degree or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree. The successful candidate for this position  ideally have a background in algorithmic algebraic geometry, applied algebra, representation theory  or computational  invariant theory.  However, also experience in neighboring areas such as, for example, combinatorial optimization, algebraic topology, algebraic statistics, complexity theory will be considered valuable for this position.

If you’re at the final stages of your PhD, you may still apply if you have submitted your PhD thesis for doctoral degree evaluation within the application deadline. You must submit the thesis with your application. You must have dissertated before the start-up date of the position.

Fluency in English is required.

Applicants must submit a 2-page project proposal for the qualifying work, which should be explicitly related to the activity within the MASCOT project. The proposal must include a progress plan. It is required that the applicant will be able to complete the project during the period of appointment.

During the assessment emphasis will be put on the candidate’s motivation, potential for research, and personal suitability for the position. We are looking for candidates who:
  • Have good collaboration skills
  • Have good communication and interaction with colleagues and students
  • Wants to contribute to a good working environment
At UiT we put emphasis on the quality, relevance and significance of the research work and not on where the work is published, in accordance with the principles of The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

Inclusion and diversity  
UiT The Arctic University i Norway is working actively to promote equality, gender balance and diversity among employees and students, and to create an inclusive and safe working environment. We believe that inclusion and diversity is a strength, and we want employees with different competencies, professional experience, life experience and perspectives.  

If you have a disability, a gap in your CV or immigrant background, we encourage you to tick the box for this in your application. If there are qualified applicants, we invite least one in each group for an interview. If you get the job, we will adapt the working conditions if you need it. Apart from selecting the right candidates, we will only use the information for anonymous statistics. 

We offer
  • Involvement in an interesting research project 
  • Good career opportunities 
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues  
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement  
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund  
  • More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here: https://uit.no/staffmobility ;
Your application must include:
  • Letter of application
  • CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)
  • 2-page project proposal including progress plan and relevance to the MASCOT project
  • Diplomas and transcripts (all academic degrees)
  • Contact information for 2-3 references
  • List of works and description of these
  • Academic works, up to ten. The doctoral thesis is regarded as one work
  • Documentation of teaching experience and qualifications, if applicable
All documentation to be considered must be in a Scandinavian language or English. We only accept applications and documentation sent via Jobbnorge within the application deadline.

The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The committee's mandate is to undertake an assessment of the applicants' qualifications based on the written material presented by the applicants, and the detailed description draw up for the position. In the assessment the main emphasis will be attached to the submitted works and the project proposal for the qualifying work. Emphasis shall also be attached to experience from popularization/dissemination and academic policy and administrative activity. As teaching reponsibilities may be attached to the position, emphasis can also be attached to teaching experience and qualifications.

The applicants who are assessed as best qualified will be called to an interview. The interview should among other things, aim to clarify the applicant’s motivation and personal suitability for the position.

General information
The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants

The remuneration for Postdoctoral research fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1352. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

The position may additionally be assigned to teaching and related work for UiT in an amount equivalent up to a 20 % of full-time employment, if the period of employment is extended to three years.

The successful candidate must be willing to get involved in the ongoing development of their department and the university as a whole.

UiT wishes to increase the proportion of females in academic positions. In cases where two or more applicants are found to be approximately equally qualified, female applicants will be given priority.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure. 

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