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University Assistant Professor of Mathematics of Information & Director of Taught Postgraduate Education

Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 20th Dec 2021
  • Salary: £42,149-£53,348
  • REF: LE29030
  • Closes: 13th March 2022
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Applications are invited for an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics of Information to commence on 1 October 2022 or by agreement. This is a new post in the broad field of the Mathematics of Information, including but not restricted to applied and computational analysis, mathematical optimisation, inverse problems and the mathematical foundations of machine learning. Willingness to engage in an interdisciplinary and cross-cutting research is very desirable.

The postholder will be part of the Cantab Capital Institute for Mathematics of Information (https://www.ccimi.maths.cam.ac.uk/), hosted within the Faculty of Mathematics. It accommodates research activity on fundamental mathematical theory and methodology for understanding, analysing, processing and simulating data. Data science research performed in the Institute is at the highest international level, aiming to extract the relevant information from large- and high-dimensional data with predictable certainty.

This professorship comes with the additional leadership responsibility to direct Part III of the Mathematical Tripos. Part III is a world-famous postgraduate course which is taught primarily through an unparalleled number of lecture courses spanning all aspects of mathematics and theoretical physics, and typically admits 180 postgraduate students per year (many from the EU and overseas) to join over 100 students who have been undergraduates in Cambridge.

Initially the postholder will support the present Director of Taught Postgraduate Education (DTPE), with the expectation that in due course the postholder will serve as the Director for a period of 5 years in the first instance. The successful candidate will be offered a substantially reduced teaching load when they move in to the DTPE role.Appointments will be made at an appropriate point on the scale for Assistant Professors and will be for a probationary period of five years, with appointment to the retiring age thereafter subject to satisfactory performance. The successful candidate will be designated as an Associate Professor once probation has been successfully completed.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in mathematics, will have a track record of excellent research publications, and will be expected to lead and pursue a research programme of the highest standard. The candidate should also be able to demonstrate leadership in the development, management and delivery of courses/programmes.Particular duties of the DTPE would include:

1) ensuring a balanced offering of courses with content which ensures world-class training through active, ongoing liaison with the different subject areas within the Faculty;

2) leading the development of innovative provision and delivery of teaching and learning;

3) maintaining and enhancing non-lecture-based teaching provision, particularly focussed on ongoing feedback to the candidates;

4) coordinating the admissions process of external candidates, developing data acquisition to identify candidates who have the potential to thrive within Part III, while ensuring the maintenance of quality and numbers at a sustainable level

5) developing strategies for increasing admissions of women and other currently under-represented groups in Part III.

As for other Assistant Professors, applicants will be expected to investigate new areas of research and funding opportunities and submit grant applications. They will also be required to write papers for publication, attend conferences, network with national/international colleagues and give presentations.

In exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to offer a supplement to the salary range stated for this role of up to £10,000. Any such supplement would be awarded on basis of a demonstrable history of exceptional achievement and is entirely at the discretion of the University.

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You will need to upload a one- to two- page cover letter addressing the DTPE person specification and your relevant experience, a full curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, a list of publications and the contact details of three academic referees. Please ensure that your referees are contactable at any time during the selection process and are made aware that they will 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.

Informal enquiries about the position may be made to Professor Colm-cille Caulfield (DAMTP) by email: LE29030@maths.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference LE29030 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. We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department.

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

  • Assistant Professor in the Mathematics of Information & DTPE – Further Particulars
    Assistant Professor in the Mathematics of Information & DTPE – Further Particulars

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