Research Assistant/Associate in Algebra

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 02nd Jul 2021
  • Salary: £28,331.00 -  £38,017 per annum
  • REF: 8368
  • Closes: 01st January 1970
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

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Salary: £28,331.00 – £38,017 per annum

Closing Date: Thursday 12August 2021

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity for a Research Assistant/Associate to join the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics for a 3-year position. You will work as part of the project “Maximal subalgebras of classical Lie algebras” ORPG-8971 held by David Stewart and funded by The Leverhulme Trust.

The project is located at the intersection of algebra and representation theory and would be suitable for anyone with interests in modular Lie theory, representation theory of Lie algebras in positive characteristic, or computational algebra. The broad aim is to classify the maximal subalgebras of the Lie algebras of simple algebraic groups over algebraically closed fields of positive characteristic up to conjugacy, comprising several interrelated objectives drawing on a range of techniques.

Alongside contributing to the project, you will also be expected to develop your own lines of mathematical enquiry.

The grant comes with significant travel money to be disbursed for development opportunities for you, whether that be supporting collaborations or knowledge exchange through conference attendance.

The position is available on a full time, fixed term basis for 36 months.

For informal queries please contact Dr David Stewart via

For further information about the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics please click here.

Key Accountabilities

• With the Principal Investigator, develop new techniques to make progress classifying the conjugacy classes of maximal subalgebras of classical Lie algebras.
• Publish high-quality research related to the funded project.
• Participate in the Algebra Research Group at Newcastle University
• Collaborate nationally and internationally
• Develop independence and a personal research profile.
• Present results internally and externally in national and international settings.
• Participate in and contribute to the development of a vibrant research culture within the school.
• If desired, develop a minor involvement in the teaching activities of the School, to be mutually agreed.

The Person

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

• Strong background in Lie theory, representation theory, computational algebra or related discipline
• Evidence of ability to produce high-quality publishable research
• Good mathematical writing skills
• Experience or interest in the computational algebra systems Gap or Magma and their modular Lie algebra functionality (desirable)
• Experience or interest in the representation theory of algebraic groups or modular Lie algebras (desirable)
• Knowledge or interest in the methods used in the classification of simple Lie algebras over fields of positive characteristic (desirable)

Attributes and Behaviour

• Desire to work on the project alongside developing an independent research career
• Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, with the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of different audiences.
• Comfortable working both individually and as part of a team.
• Commitment to our institutional strategy for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) ensuring dignity and respect in the workplace afforded to all colleagues and students.
• Excellent interpersonal and project management skills, with an ability to think strategically, adopt an active approach to problem solving and prioritising workload in response to deadlines.


• To have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in Lie theory, representation theory, computational algebra or a related discipline.

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

Requisition ID: 8368

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