Imperial College London, Department of Mathematics

Position ID: 434-RESASSOC [#14817, NAT00548]
Position Title: Research Associate
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: London, United Kingdom [map]
Subject Areas: mathematics, numercial analysis, computational algebra
Application Deadline: 2019/10/23help popup finished (2019/10/11, finished 2020/04/26, listed until 2019/10/23)
Position Description:    

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Research Associate

£40,215 – £47,579 p.a.

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position at the Mathematics Department at Imperial College London. The position is funded by the Leverhulme Trust as part of the Research Grant “Constructive approximation theory on and inside algebraic curves and surfaces”. The purpose of this grant is to introduce the theory of orthogonal polynomials related to algebraic curves and surfaces, with the aim of numerically solving partial differential equations and free boundary problems on complicated geometries. This is an exciting new research area at the intersection of algebraic geometry, numerical analysis, partial differential equations, and approximation theory, with plenty of opportunity to develop ground-breaking results. The individual appointed to this post is expected to make significant contributions to the project, working closely with Dr Sheehan Olver (Reader in Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics).

Duties and responsibilities

The PDRA will take the lead on developing the theory and computational tools for computing with functions defined on algebraic curves and surfaces, building on recent results by Olver and Xu on quadratic curves and surfaces and on Olver and Snowball for solving partial differential equations on disk slices and rhombi. This will involve numerical experiments on a computer which will lead to mathematical understanding and theoretical results. The PDRA will also have the opportunity to develop an independent research project related to the topic of this grant.

Essential requirements

The essential requirements for this post are as follows • A PhD (or equivalent) in Mathematics or a field related to the Programme • Research in numerical analysis, computational algebra,or related areas • Clear evidence of outstanding promise and originality in research, with a good publication record, commensurate with career stage • Excellent written communication skills and the ability to write clearly and succinctly for publication • Strong programming skills in Julia (preferred), Fortran, C, Matlab, or Python • Ability to identify, develop and apply concepts, techniques and methods in new contexts • Ability to keep accurate records of research results and activity, help with reporting • Ability to exercise initiative and judgement in carrying out research tasks • Ability to conduct a detailed review of recent literature • Creative and open approach to problem-solving • Ability to organise own work independently • Ability to prioritise own work in response to deadlines • Ability to work effectively with a team of researchers and across disciplines • High level analytical capability • Ability to assess resource requirements and deploy them effectively • Willingness and ability to report and present work to a wider community Further information

The position is for 36 months. The expected start date is 1st January 2020 or as soon there-after as is practical.

Maximum Salary on Appointment is £41,938.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.

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Closing date: 23 October 2019

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