University of Edinburgh, School of Mathematics

Position ID: 713-PDRA2 [#21582, 5845]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: Edinburgh, City of EH9 3JZ, United Kingdom [map] sort by distance
Application Deadline: 2022/12/20 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/11/17, finished 2023/06/24, listed until 2022/12/20)
Position Description:    

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School of Mathematics

UE07 £35,333 - £42,155 per annum

Fixed term, 24 months

Full time, 35 hours per week

Start date: 1st September 2023, or as mutually agreed

The School of Maths wishes to invite applicants with a broad range of backgrounds in geometric representation theory, integrable systems, or cluster algebra to apply. The theme of the research project is positive representation theory, and its connections to cluster algebra, quantum character varieties, integrable systems, non-compact Chern–Simons theory, Liouville theory, and supersymmetric gauge theory. Anyone appointed will have freedom to pursue their own research directions.

The Opportunity:

The post is funded jointly by the ERC grant “Non-compact Chern–Simons theory, Positive Representations, and Cluster Varieties” and by the EPSRC grant "Enveloping Algebras of Infinite-Dimensional Lie Algebras". The post-holders will be expected to contribute to the research programmes of the grants, but will also have freedom to pursue their own research directions. Candidates will have the opportunity to teach; the School will seek to find assignments that are beneficial in terms of career development and compatible with the postdoc’s research expertise. More information about our thriving and growing group can be found at the Hodge Institute website.

Your skills and attributes for success:

PhD in mathematics, by the time of the start of the position Ability to contribute to the research programme of the grant Proven record of research in representation theory, integrable systems, cluster algebra, or related areas Interest in acquiring new methods and broadening your knowledge in the aforementioned areas

If the application is successful:

You will be a part of Hodge Institute within the University of Edinburgh’s School of Mathematics. It is home to internationally recognized 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. Further information is available at the following links: School, pension scheme, family friendly initiatives, staff benefits page, reward calculator.

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.

Application process:

All interested in applying should do so online. Please attach your CV and a research statement. In addition, please arrange for at least three letters of reference to be sent to quoting ref 5845. Please do not send your application to this email address, this is for references only.

The closing date is 20 December 2022 at 5pm GMT.

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.

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 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 is dedicated to valuing and celebrating diversity, and ensuring equality of opportunity for all staff, students, and visitors. We are committed to creating a community which is inclusive and respectful of all our staff and students, and their lived experiences.

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