Research Associate in the Department of Mathematics

King's College London

Applications are invited for the post of post-doctoral Research Associate in Disordered Systems in the Department of Mathematics at King’s College London. 

The Department has had a very distinguished mathematical and scientific tradition since its foundation in 1829. It currently has around 600 undergraduate and about 150 postgraduate students following its programmes. The Department has six internationally acclaimed research groups: Analysis, Geometry, Disordered Systems, Financial Mathematics, Number Theory and Theoretical Physics, as well as the newly formed Statistics group. 

The Disordered Systems group conducts research on the development of new methods to tackle both fundamental issues, and a broad range of applications to complex systems of many interacting units, where intrinsic disorder or underlying chaos play a fundamental role. In particular, Random Matrix Theory has become an increasingly important area of research at the intersection between Theoretical Physics and Probability, and beyond. Areas of active research within the group include, for example, studies in mathematical systems biology and quantitative medicine (protein, metabolic and immune networks & network ensembles), as well as links with statistics and informatics in the area of Bayesian statistical inference and machine learning. The group also has a strong profile in soft condensed matter physics (rheology, polydispersity), glasses and driven non-equilibrium systems, as well as in various applications of random matrices to such areas as sparse networks, Anderson localization, quantum chaotic scattering, statistical mechanics of random landscapes, and extreme value theory of random processes and fields. Recent work has led to the development of new models to describe natural and social phenomena, such as systemic risk and catastrophic breakdown in complex systems, with applications to finance and the prediction of power outages.

The successful candidate should have demonstrated the capacity to conduct high quality research in disordered systems and have expertise related to the area of Random Matrix Theory. Candidates having experience in the fields of Anderson Localization or Spin Glasses will also be considered. The project is expected to focus on studying random landscapes, random fields and random manifolds using methods of Random Matrix Theory, as well as on investigating properties of non-Hermitian random matrices using supersymmetry techniques. Having a working knowledge of any relevant techniques and methods will be an advantage.

This is a fixed term post for 2 years and is funded by the EPSRC as part of a grant for the project “The Many Faces of Random Characteristic Polynomials”, held by Professor Yan Fyodorov. The post is available as of 1 July 2017 and no later than 1 September 2017.

The selection process will include a panel interview.

To apply for this role, please go to the King’s College London HireWire Job Board and register to download and submit the specified application form.

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