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Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics

The Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics invites applications for up to two positions of Post Doctoral Research Associate funded by an ERC advanced grant (currently being transferred to the UKRI Frontier 'replacement grant' scheme) which is held by Prof Ivan Smith.

The research proposal concerns symplectic topology in general and ideas related to Floer theory, homotopy theory and homological mirror symmetry in particular. Possible projects for the RA include studying symplectic aspects of quantum cohomology theories; studying Lagrangian cobordism groups and their interaction with algebraic cycles; studying equivariant aspects of Floer theory and their applications; and studying singularities and stable degenerations of algebraic varieties and their symplectic monodromy.

Duties include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research objectives, proposals and projects. The role holder will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required, and to assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies. You must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. You 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.

Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant field, a strong research track record, and may have previous postdoc experience. Candidates should ideally have expertise in at least one of holomorphic curve theory (for instance Floer theory), geometric aspects of homotopy theory, or homological mirror symmetry.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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You will need to upload full curriculum vitae, list of publications, and a description of your recent and future research projects (not to exceed three pages). The contact details of two academic referees will be required; please ensure that your referees are 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 inquiries can be made by contacting or by contacting Prof Ivan Smith

Please quote reference LF33018 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. 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 actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

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Closing date

Dec 19th 2022

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