Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Mathematics

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Birmingham, United Kingdom


  • Posted on: 20th Dec 2021
  • Salary: £31,406 to £40,927, with potential progression once in post to £43,434
  • REF: 98891
  • Closes: 13th February 2022
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time


We welcome applications for a research fellowship in extremal combinatorics to work with Dr Allan Lo and Dr Andrew Treglown on the EPSRC funded project Ramsey theory: an extremal perspective.

This post is available for a period of two years. The starting date is between 1 June 2022 and 1 October 2022 (with some flexibility).

The successful candidate will join a community of researchers in the Combinatorics, Probability and Algorithms group within the School of Mathematics at the University of Birmingham. The group consists of ten permanent staff as well as a large cohort of postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers and has a proven track-record in mentoring and supporting the development of early-career researchers. The profile and research interests of this group may be found at:

Applicants should have a PhD in mathematics awarded or submitted at the time of taking up the position, a strong record of research and publications, and familiarity with Combinatorics.

Summary of Role

•Conduct original research within the research project

•Analyse and interpret research findings and results

•Disseminate research findings through publications, seminars/presentations etc

•Work within specified research grants and projects and contribute to writing bid

Main Duties/Responsibilities

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlines below.

•Conduct original research within the research project

•Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required

•Contribute to writing bids for research funding

•Analyse and interpret data

•Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding

•Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc.

•Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance on PhD students where appropriate to the discipline

•Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods

•Undertake management/administration arising from research

•Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research related administration

•Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader

•Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters

•Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research

•Deal with the problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines

•Promotes equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture

Person Specification

•Hold or be close to obtaining a PhD or equivalent qualification(s) in Combinatorics or related areas

•Track record of strong original research contributions in Combinatorics or related areas, including publications in leading subject-specific journals within that field

•High level analytical capability

•First degree in area of specialism and normally, a higher degree relevant to research area of equivalent qualifications.

•Ability to communicate complex information clearly

•Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones

•Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources affectively

•Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes

•Contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project

•Co-ordinate own work with other to avoid conflict of duplication of effort

•Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly

Informal enquires should be directed to Dr Allan Lo and Dr Andrew Treglown, emails: and

The School of Mathematics aims to provide a supportive and friendly environment for staff to develop as researchers and lecturers. The School is a supportive and people-focused friendly environment, committed to equality, diversity and inclusivity. We encourage applications from the widest community and provide equal opportunities in our recruitment processes. The School of Mathematics 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 School 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, and is a member of the Piscopia which forms a UK-community of women and non-binary students and mathematics researchers. The University of Birmingham holds the Advance HE’s Race Equality Charter Bronze award, a framework through which we are working to self-reflect, identify and remove barriers standing in the way of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and students.

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We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working

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