The Open University, STEM Department

Position ID: 2666-PRA [#17495, 18140]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes MK7, United Kingdom [map]
Subject Area: STEM
Application Deadline: 2021/04/23 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/03/25, listed until 2021/09/25)
Position Description:    

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Postdoctoral Research Associate (Algebraic invariants in symbolic dynamics)

Unit: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) 
Salary: AC2 £33,797-£40,322 
Contract Type: Fixed Term (36 months), Full time 
Location: Milton Keynes 
Job Reference: 18140 

Change your career, change lives 

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education. 

The role 
Applications are invited for a Research Associate position in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the Open University to work with Dr Reem Yassawi (School of Mathematics and Statistics) on the EPSRC-funded New Horizons project Computing algebraic invariants of symbolic dynamical systems ;

This exciting project aims to further study algebraic invariants such as the automorphism group and the Ellis semigroup of a topological dynamical system, with an emphasis on both the theoretical and computational aspects of these objects. 

Candidates will have completed, or be close to completing, a PhD in a relevant area, which includes topological or measurable dynamics, or combinatorics on words. Ideally the candidate will have experience of undertaking computational research.

The post is funded for 36 months and is available from 1 June 2021. The successful candidate will be based in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the Open University campus in Milton Keynes (possibly following an initial period of working from home). They will form part of the research group on symbolic dynamics and aperiodic order. ;

The School provides a friendly and flexible working environment, where diversity is celebrated and welcomed. The School is active in challenging injustice and promoting equitable treatment for those from marginalised or under-represented groups, and holds an Athena Swan Bronze award for its work in promoting gender equality. 

If you have any questions regarding the research group or the role please contact Reem Yassawi ( 

What you get in return
Benefits include a supportive and friendly working environment, 33 days holiday per annum pro rata plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days, and an attractive pension proposition.

How to apply 
Unless otherwise stated in the advert, all applications are completed online via the OU Job’s page and following the instructions below and clicking the “APPLY NOW” link. Applications submitted via 3rd party websites will not be considered. 

To apply for this role please submit the following; 
  • CV 
  • Personal statement, up to 1,000 words, you should set out in your statement why you’re interested in this role and provide examples of where your skills and experience meet the required competencies for this role as detailed in the job and person specification. 

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Closing date: 12noon 23 April 2021

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Contact: Reem Yassawi
Postal Mail:
Berrill Building
Level 1 South
Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

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