Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Mathematical Sciences


The Role and Department

The Department of Mathematical Sciences is one of the UK’s leading Mathematics departments with an outstanding reputation in teaching, research and employability of our students. It has an active programme of internationally recognized research in Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics (including Applied Analysis and PDEs, Theoretical Particle Physics and Mathematical Biology) and 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 currently has 116 permanent members of academic staff.

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.

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The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Durham University invites applications for one three-year postdoctoral position in the Centre for Particle Theory, to begin in November 2023, funded by a Leverhulme Research Project grant in “Effective Theories of Nearly Critical Systems from Black Hole Dynamics”. Candidates with strong track records in field theory, string theory, holography, statistical physics and related areas are encouraged to apply. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University. The position involves working with members of the Maths CPT group and independently to further our research in this area.

The Role

This post is funded through a Leverhulme Research Project grant and it is fixed term for 3 years. The post-holder is employed to work on research/a research project which will be led by another colleague. Whilst this means that the post-holder will not be carrying out independent research in his/her own right, the expectation is that they will contribute to the advancement of the project, through the development of their own research ideas/adaptation and development of research protocols.

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