Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Geometry and Mathematical Physics

United Kingdom
Jan 11, 2021
Feb 10, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Position Details

School of Mathematics, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Due to external funding, the maximum starting salary for this position is £36,914 per annum

Grade 7

Full Time

Fixed term for 8 months

Estimated start date: 15/2/2021

Closing date: 15/1/2021


Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position to work with Prof Marta Mazzocco at the School of Mathematics, University of Birmingham. This position is funded by the EPSRC project Cluster algebras, Teichmüller theory and Macdonald polynomials.

Summary of Role
  • To conduct original research within the research project.
  • To interact with the member of the Geometry and Mathematical Physics group, including PhD students, through active participation in reading seminars and joint research activities.
  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required.
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters.
  • There may be opportunities to undertake limited teaching responsibility, at the discretion of the successful candidate and upon approval by the School of Mathematics. The teaching load will not exceed 2 hours per week for 12 weeks/year

Main Duties/Responsibilities
  • 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 to 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
  • Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature reviews, and research interviews
  • 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 problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines

Person Specification
  • First degree in an area of mathematics or closely-related discipline (or equivalent qualifications).
  • Hold or be close to obtaining a PhD or equivalent qualification(s) in Integrable Systems or Algebraic Geometry or Representation Theory or related area.
  • High level analytical capability.
  • 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 effectively.
  • 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 others to avoid conflict or 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
  • The ideal candidate will collaborate effectively in a team atmosphere and will have an intellectually challenging agenda.

Informal enquires to Prof Marta Mazzocco, email:

Applicants are required to attach a research statement, as well as their CV, along with referee details, in one PDF document, when submitting their application.

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