University of Edinburgh, School of Mathematics

Position ID: 713-PDRA9 [#17487, 708]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: Edinburgh, City of EH9 3JZ, United Kingdom [map]
Subject Area: Mathematics
Application Deadline: 2021/04/19 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/03/23, listed until 2021/04/19)
Position Description:    

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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bayesian computation for low-photon imaging

Grade/salary: UE07 (£33,797 - £40,322)

School: Mathematics

Contract type: Fixed term

Duration: 36 Months

The Opportunity: The aim of the project is to develop a new mathematical and computational framework to solve challenging inverse problems related to low-photon imaging, with special attention to new quantum-enhanced imaging technologies that exploit the quantum nature of light in order to dramatically advance imaging sciences. The framework will be rooted in the Bayesian statistical paradigm and combine modern ideas from applied analysis, high-dimensional computational statistics, and machine learning. The project will be developed in partnership with the Heriot-Watt Institute for Sensors, Signals and Systems, and in close collaboration with the UK Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum Enhanced Imaging, ENS Paris Saclay, the University of Illinois, and the industrial partner Leonardo UK. The project is funded by UKRI EPSRC (EP/V006134/1 and EP/V006177/1).

This is a highly multidisciplinary project. We are looking to hire Postdoctoral Research Associates with either:

1. A strong mathematical profile to lead the theoretical and methodological aspects of the project, with experience in the analysis of stochastic optimisation or sampling algorithms.

2. A strong computational imaging profile to lead the computational, algorithmic, imaging, and application-specific aspects of the project.

Both positions are 36-month fixed-term contracts. One will be employed by the School of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh, and the other one by the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at Heriot-Watt University.

Candidates can make informal enquiries about this position to Dr Konstantinos Zygalakis (

Your skills and attributes for success:

Before taking up this post, the appointee will (or be about to obtain) a PhD in Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Vision, or a related discipline. We are particularly keen to encourage applicants with strong methodological and computational skills and are looking to put together a team of researchers with skills that cover theoretical, methodological and applied imaging sciences and statistics. A demonstrable ability to produce academic writing of the highest publishable quality is essential.

As a valued member of our team you can expect:

An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family friendly initiatives, flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

If invited for interview you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our right to work webpages.

Please include your CV, a statement of research experience and interests (2 pages) and the names of two referees.

The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role. If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Tier 2/Skilled Worker Visa.

About Us As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.

About the Team:- The School of Mathematics is one of the world’s leading mathematical sciences departments, home to internationally excellent researchers and to an innovative educational environment for both undergraduates and postgraduates. Our location in the beautiful and historic capital of Scotland puts us in the centre of a vibrant community of academics, cultural institutions, industry partners and research institutes.

As a School we value both the breadth and depth of our mathematical research. We have over seventy permanent members of academic staff and over twenty research fellows and research associates, who come from across the world and together cover a broad range of research topics in pure and applied mathematics, operational research and statistics. Our Graduate School has over eighty research students and over one hundred MSc students, and our postgraduate provision has gone from strength to strength with the recent introduction of Doctoral Training Centres in Analysis and its Applications, and in Data Science. We have close links with the School of Informatics and are actively involved in current data science developments, particularly as one of the 5 UK-wide partners in the Alan Turing Institute.

The School is passionate about delivering a world-leading educational environment for its students and is constantly exploring new ideas in mathematical education in order to provide a stimulating learning environment. Quantitative skills have never been more in demand in the world, and our students graduate with strong skills in critical thinking, independent learning and communication. Within 6 months of graduating, 93% of our students are in full-time employment or study. In 2010 the Teaching Programme review "welcomed the excellent quality of education" provided by the School.

The School of Mathematics holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advancing the representation of women in mathematics.

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Contact: Dr Konstantinos Zygalakis
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