Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed-Term)

University of Nottingham - Mathematical Sciences

Applications are invited for the above post to work with Dr Alexander Kasprzyk on an EPSRC-funded project entitled “The Combinatorics of Mirror Symmetry” (EP/N022513/1). This project – motivated by ideas from theoretical physics and requiring expertise in algebraic geometry, combinatorics, and computational algebra – aims to describe and classify higher-dimensional Fano manifolds and terminal Fano threefolds using Mirror Symmetry. The central aim of the project is to begin classifying Fano manifolds in dimensions four and five.

The successful applicant will specialise in algebraic geometry, and be familiar with Mirror Symmetry (especially for Fano manifolds), the Gross–Siebert program, and Gromov–Witten theory. Candidates must hold or be near completion of a PhD in a relevant branch of pure mathematics, or possess an equivalent level of expertise and research experience in a relevant field. A good knowledge of algebraic geometry is essential. In addition, a background in more than one of the following areas is highly desirable: combinatorics, computational algebra, Mirror Symmetry for Fano manifolds, the Gross–Siebert program. Candidates should be confident, organised, have good communication skills, and enjoy working as part of a team as well as independently. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the publication of scientific papers, and to their dissemination at relevant workshops and conferences. They should have evidence that the quality and quantity of their previous research outputs is commensurate with their level of experience.

In recognition of its commitment to promoting women in science, the University of Nottingham is one of a small number of universities to hold a Silver Athena SWAN Award.

This full-time position is available from 1 September 2017 (or as soon as possible thereafter) and will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 36 months.

For information about the School of Mathematical Sciences, which has strong and active research groups in areas including Number Theory and Geometry (see:

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Alexander Kasprzyk (email: Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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