University College London (UCL), Mathematics

Position ID: 1002-RF [#18368]
Position Title: Research Fellow
Position Type: Fellowship or award
Position Location: London, London, City of, United Kingdom [map]
Subject Area: Mathmatics
Application Deadline: 2021/10/24 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/09/28, listed until 2021/10/24)
Position Description:    

Research Fellow Full Time, Fixed Term-This post is funded for 3 years in the first instance Salary: The salary range will be £36,770 - £38,787 per annum , inclusive of London Allowance. Department of Mathematics London The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7.

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 Research Fellow position to work with Professor Erik Burman on the project ‘Computational methods for inverse problems subject to wave equations in heterogeneous media’.

The responsibilities of the post will include: carrying out vigorous, high-level research in the numerical and applied analysis of inverse problems subject to the wave equation, submitting publications regularly in refereed journals; participating in local seminars and in national and international conferences. Interfacing with other team members, and full participation in seminars and colloquia in the subject.

This post is available from 15 February 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. This post is funded for 3 years in the first instance.

Candidates should have a PhD or equivalent qualification in Mathematics, or Numerical Analysis on a topic related to computational methods for wave propagation, computational methods or stability analysis for inverse problems, should be finalising their PhD or waiting for their viva date. The successful candidate is expected to have good understanding either of the analysis of finite element methods or of the wave equations and associated inverse problems.

They will have a proven track record in research and publishing, a strong desire to work at the heart of, and fully participate in, an active research group in the field. As well as excellent interpersonal skills to facilitate participation in a research group and excellent communication skills, both written and oral.

An outstanding candidate will have interest and research experience with at least some of the following subjects: theory of finite element methods, error analysis of numerical methods, knowledge of stabilised finite element methods or discontinuous Galerkin methods, stability analysis of ill-posed problems, Carleman estimates. They will also have experience of some computational finite element package (fenics, freefem etc) and their application to the numerical approximation of solutions to partial differential equations.

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 £33,958 per annum inclusive of London allowance) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

For further details about the vacancy and how to apply online please go to and search on Reference Number 1879082

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Adrianna Mickiewicz (

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Erik Burman, email:

Closing Date: 24/10/2021

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

Interview Date: TBC

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