Research Associate

Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, Cambridge

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 23rd Feb 2021
  • Salary: £32,816-£40,322
  • REF: LF25653
  • Closes: 22nd March 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

The Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate funded by the “Symplectic Topology and Surface Singularities” grant, which is held by Dr Ailsa Keating. The post holder would work in the Geometry group (faculty members include Professor Ivan Smith, Professor Mark Gross and Dr Dhruv Ranganathan). The post is available for 1 year from 1 September 2021 (or by negotiation).

Candidates should have expertise in at least one of the following: symplectic geometry, mirror symmetry, singularity theory, geometric group theory; or have training in the parts of algebraic geometry/representation theory related to Bridgeland stability conditions, cluster algebras and quivers.

Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant field, a strong research track record, and may have previous postdoc experience. Duties include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research objectives, proposals and projects. Candidates will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required. They must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. The post holder may be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects, the development of student research skills, provide instruction or plan/deliver seminars relating to the research area.

Candidates whose background is not in symplectic geometry are encouraged to contact Dr Keating informally to discuss specific potential projects.

Informal inquiries can be made by contacting

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With your application, please upload a full curriculum vitae and covering letter, including links to sites as appropriate. The contact details of two referees will be required. Please ensure that your referees supply references by the closing date and are made aware that they may be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year.

Please quote reference LF25653 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. The Department would particularly welcome applications from women, since women are, and have historically been, underrepresented on our research staff.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.
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