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Durham University

Academic Talent

Assistant Professor (Research): Willmore Fellow in Pure Mathematics


Vacancy reference: MATH20-10

Department: Mathematical Sciences

Responsible to: Head of Department

Grade: 7

Salary range: £33,797 - £40,322per annum

Working arrangements: The role is full time but we will consider requests for flexible working arrangements including potential job shares

Opening date: 14/10/2019

Closing date: 13/12/2019

Preferred start date: Successful candidates will ideally be in post by 01/09/2020


The role

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Durham University is investing in excellence and seeks to appoint an outstanding postdoctoral researcher as a Willmore Fellow in Pure Mathematics. This 3-year fixed term position is for candidates who are in the early stages of their research career and have between 2 and 6 years of research experience since their PhD by the closing date of the call. A Durham Willmore Fellowship provides the opportunity to build an independent research career. We advertise on average one Willmore Fellowship each year. Those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their Fellowship.

More information the Willmore Postdoctoral Fellowships is available on our website www.durham.ac.uk/mathematical.sciences/distinguishedfellows/willmorefellows.

This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the ongoing development of our Pure Mathematics group. It will allow you to participate in internationally excellent research and teaching while offering you unrivalled opportunities to progress and embed your career in an exciting and progressive institution. We expect Willmore Fellows to contribute modestly to teaching, in the form of final year undergraduate project supervision in their area of research and possibly in tutorials.

The Department is one of the UK’s best Departments of Mathematical Sciences with an outstanding reputation in teaching, research and students’ employability. Ranked 7th in terms of grade point average intensity in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, it has an active programme of internationally recognized research in Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics (including Applied and Computational Mathematics as well as Mathematical and Theoretical Particle Physics), Statistics and Probability. The research culture is vibrant, with many visitors, seminars, international conferences and workshops. We aim to provide a supportive and friendly environment with a strong sense of community. The Department, which currently has 73 permanent members of staff, has recently grown, and will continue to grow, significantly. In 2020, we will move to a newly constructed building, to be shared with Computer Science, with the goal of fostering constructive interdisciplinary exchanges.

The Department has a proud tradition of delivering excellence in its undergraduate programmes through research-led and small group teaching. Attracting some of the best students in the country (5th best average UCAS entry tariff), the Department was ranked 4th in the Complete University Guide 2020. As part of the expansion of the Department, a new MSc in Scientific Computing and Data Analysis will commence this year, while 2020 will see the launch of a new degree in Mathematics and Statistics. Both degrees will allow research-led teaching in areas at the forefront of modern statistical practice.

The Department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award. Athena SWAN is a national initiative that recognises the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. The Department also supports the London Mathematical Society Good Practice Scheme, whose aim is to support mathematics departments to embed equal opportunities for women within their working practices. For more information, please visit our website www.durham.ac.uk/mathematical.sciences.

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