University College London (UCL), Mathematics

Position ID: 1002-RF2 [#13958, 1800594]
Position Title: Research Fellow
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: London, London, City of, United Kingdom [map]
Subject Area: Mathematics
Application Deadline: 2019/06/09 (posted 2019/05/23, listed until 2019/06/09)
Position Description:    

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Department of Mathematics


Research Fellow

Full Time :

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £35,328 - £39,353 per annum , inclusive of London Allowance.

The department has internationally recognised research groups in pure and applied analysis; fluid mechanics; mathematical physics; geometry and topology; algebra, number theory and combinatorics; mathematical modelling in biology, finance, industry and society. Applications are invited for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow position to work with Prof. Erik Burman, Dr. Timo Betcke and Prof. Simon Arridge on the project “Geometrically unfitted finite element methods for inverse identification of geometries and shape optimization”. The project focuses on open problems in computational methods for shape optimization and identification using nonconforming finite element methods. The responsibilities of the post will include: carrying out vigorous, high-level research into computational and theoretical aspects of shape optimization using finite element/boundary element methods, more specifically levelset based geometrical description in combination with geometrically unfitted FEM, submitting publications regularly in refereed journals; participating in local seminars and in national and international conferences. This post is available from 1 August 2019 and is funded until 30 September 2020 in the first instance.

Candidates should either have a PhD or equivalent qualification in numerical analysis or scientific computing, should be finalising their PhD or waiting for their viva date. Please note: Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent on award and confirmation of a PhD (or equivalent). If this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B, point 26 (salary £32,607 per annum inclusive of London allowance) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis. The successful candidate is expected to have some expertise and research experience in computational and theoretical aspects of finite element methods or related topics in numerical analysis. Candidates will also have be required to have proficiency in scientific programming, and excellent communication skills, both written and oral. Strong interpersonal skills, and knowledge of aspects of nonconforming finite element methods and levelset methods, are also desirable.

For further details about the vacancy and how to apply online please go to and search on Reference Number 1800594. Details of 3 referees are required - please do not provide more or less than the required 3 referees. If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Sam Hopkins, email: Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Erik Burman, email

Closing Date: 9/6/2019

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: June / July 2019

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Silver award, in recognition of our commitment and demonstrable impact in advancing gender equality.

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