Cardiff University, School of Mathematics

Position ID: 2293-RA [#13972, 8573BR]
Position Title: Research Associate
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: Cardiff, Cardiff CF24 4AG, United Kingdom
Subject Area: Combinatorics
Application Deadline: 2019/06/22help popup finished (2019/05/30, finished 2019/12/29, listed until 2019/06/22)
Position Description:    

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

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Applications are invited for the position of a postdoctoral Research Associate in Combinatorics in the School of Mathematics at Cardiff University. This is a 3-year fixed-term post starting on 1 October 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will work with Dr Roger Behrend on the project “The combinatorics of alternating sign matrices and plane partitions”, funded by a research grant from the Leverhulme Trust.
Project Description
Alternating sign matrices and plane partitions are two classes of discrete objects which share fundamental enumerative properties. The project will aim to obtain an improved combinatorial understanding of these classes and the connection between them, through the application of intrinsically combinatorial methods, such as those involving lattice paths and partially ordered sets, as well as through some indirect means, such as those related to statistical physics and representation theory.
Funds will be available for research travel and conference attendance, visits to Cardiff by collaborators and colleagues, and high-specification computing equipment.
The School of Mathematics at Cardiff University
The School of Mathematics is a research-led School at Cardiff University, one of the UK’s leading universities, with a reputation for internationally excellent research and high-quality teaching. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, REF 2014, Cardiff University was ranked 5th in the UK in terms of the grade point average of its overall quality profile. Staff in the School of Mathematics are actively involved in research in several areas of relevance to the project, including combinatorics, algebra, mathematical physics, number theory, graph theory, discrete geometry and combinatorial optimization. The School benefits from interactions with many other nearby mathematical hubs, including London, which is two hours from Cardiff by train.
Candidates with research expertise in combinatorics and closely related areas of mathematics are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a record of or potential to produce research that reaches the highest standards of excellence in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

Candidates should have, or be close to completion of, a PhD in mathematics.

In their application, candidates should include a CV (including details of all publications, preprints and papers in preparation) and a short research statement.
The Position
This position is full-time, 35 hours per week, and is fixed-term for 36 months.

Salary: £33,199 – £39,609 per annum (Grade 6)

The post is available from 1 October 2019 or a mutually agreed date thereafter.

Informal enquiries may be made by email to Dr Roger Behrend at or Ms Beatrice Allen at

We strongly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority group, as they are under-represented in our School. The School of Mathematics has an Athena SWAN Bronze Award that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in science. The University is committed to ensuring that we sustain a positive working environment for all staff to flourish and achieve. As part of this commitment, the University has developed a flexible and responsive framework of procedures to support staff in managing their work and personal commitments wherever possible.

Closing date: Saturday, 22 June 2019

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.
Main Functions
To conduct research within Combinatorics, and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University, leading to the publication of work in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.
Main Duties and Responsibilities Research
  • To conduct research within Combinatorics and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs, including publishing in international academic journals, presenting at conferences, bidding for funding, and being involved in the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students.
  • To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, including research funding proposals.
  • To attend and/or present at conferences/seminars at national and international levels, as required.
  • To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting.
  • To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field.
  • To participate in School research activities.
  • To build and create networks both internally and externally to the University, to influence decisions, explore future research requirements, and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects.
  • To engage effectively with public sector organisations, professional institutions and other academic institutions, regionally and nationally, to raise awareness of the School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.
  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
  • To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world.
  • To carry out other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education

  1. Postgraduate degree at PhD level (or nearing completion / submission) in a relevant subject area.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  1. An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within the following research fields:

    1. Combinatorics

    2. Other areas of relevance to the project, such as algebra or statistical physics.

  1. Knowledge of current status of research in specialist field.

  1. Proven ability to publish in high-quality journals.

  1. Knowledge and understanding of competitive research funding to be able to develop applications to funding bodies.

Communication and Team Working

  1. Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication.

  1. Ability to supervise the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals.


  1. Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work.

  1. Proven ability to work without close supervision.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.

  1. Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the research activities of the School.

  1. Fluency in Welsh, written and oral.

When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number and your name - _yourname_supporting_statement.

Cardiff School of Mathematics
The School of Mathematics is a research-led School in Cardiff University, one of the UK’s leading universities, with a reputation for internationally excellent research and high quality teaching. In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Cardiff University was ranked 5th in the UK in terms of the grade point average (GPA) of its overall quality profile. The School has six main research groups: Applied and Computational Mathematics; GAPT: Geometry, Algebra, Mathematical Physics and Topology; Mathematical Analysis; Mathematics Education; Operational Research; and Statistics. We are an internationally recognised centre of excellence for research in the mathematical sciences. In REF 2014 the School was ranked joint 19th out of 53 submissions with a GPA of 3.08 in the Mathematical Sciences Unit of Assessment. All of the research submitted was rated at least ‘internationally recognised’ with 90% rated as either ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. A distinctive feature of the submission was that 100% of our research was rated as ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ for its impact in terms of its reach and significance. We have provided solutions to contemporary issues such as data security and hospital waiting times. The School engages with industry, young people and the wider community to make our innovative research accessible to a wider audience. The School has a long-standing culture of applied research and direct engagement with a wide range of industrial, government and commercial organisations such as the NHS, Hewlett Packard and the Office for National Statistics. The School is also part of formal collaborations inside Wales through the Wales Institute for Mathematical and Computational Sciences where Cardiff is the largest partner. More recently GW4, the Great Western 4 brings together the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. The School offers a lively postgraduate environment, with a significant number of postgraduates working in its specialist areas. Undergraduate students are offered a wide choice of degree programmes, covering an extensive and exciting range of mathematics and its applications. All students join a thriving mathematical community where excellent facilities, tuition of the highest quality, and a friendly supporting environment may be enjoyed. More details on the School can be found at

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