Research Associate

University of Bath - Mathematical Sciences

Interview Date: Wednesday 18 January 2017.

Applications are invited for a 3-year postdoctoral Research Officer position at Prob-L@B in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Bath. The post-holder will work under the supervision of Professor Andreas Kyprianou, Dr. Simon Harris and Dr. Alex Cox and alongside a PhD student working on related material. The successful applicant will take up the post no earlier than 1st March 2017 (a later start date is negotiable). The position is funded by the EPSRC project "Stochastic analysis of the neutron transport equation and applications to nuclear safety".

You will contribute to a broad programme of work looking at the fundamental mathematical properties of the neutron transport equation by considering its relationship with a specific class of Markov branching particle processes that describes the underlying fission process. In particular, one of the main objectives is to understand the spectral properties of the neutron transport equation and how the underlying branching process can motivate new Monte-Carlo simulation algorithms which have direct applicability in the nuclear safety industry.

Stochastic numerical analysis of these algorithms will be needed and the scope of the project incorporates numerical work, including performing large-scale simulations and comparing their efficiency with existing simulation techniques. In this respect, the project will be carried out in consultation with industrial partner Amec-Foster-Wheeler. There will also be space within the appointment for you to develop your own research agenda.

Candidates must have a PhD (or equivalent qualification) in Probability Theory and demonstrable experience of research in a related field to the theme of the postdoc position. You will join Prob-L@B, one of the UK’s leading and most vibrant centres of probability consisting of 10 faculty, five postdocs (excluding this position) and around 20 PhD students. The post-holder will be a highly motivated individual who will also contribute well to Prob-L@B and the Department of Mathematical Sciences as a whole.

In particular, it is expected that the candidate will play an active role in helping to sustain collective research activities within Prob-L@B (reading groups, workshops, seminars etc.).

This post is full time (36.5 hrs per week) as is being offered on a fixed term contract basis with an expected duration of up to 36 months, dependant upon the agreed start date.

Please contact Andreas Kyprianou (a.kyprianou@bath.ac.uk) should you wish to discuss this post further before applying.

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