Willmore Fellow in Probability

Durham University - Department of Mathematical Sciences

Full Time & Fixed Term (3 Years)

Closing Date 25 October 2017 (Midday)

This post is full time and fixed term for 3 years.

The Department of Mathematical Sciences is investing in excellence and seeks to appoint an outstanding postdoctoral researcher as a Willmore Fellow. This 3-year fixed term position is for candidates who are in the early stages of their research career and have between 2 and 6 years of research experience since their PhD by the closing date of the call. A Durham Willmore Fellowship provides the opportunity to build an independent research career. We advertise one Willmore Fellowship each year. Those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships. More information the Willmore Postdoctoral Fellowships is available on our websites at https://www.dur.ac.uk/mathematical.sciences/distinguishedfellows/willmorefellows/.

For this year's Willmore Fellowship, we welcome applications from exceptional scholars with research interests in probability, or in a closely related area of analysis.

This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the development of the Department's research. The successful candidate will be expected to undertake and publish original research of the highest level, to contribute to the research activities of the probability research unit and of the department as a whole. We expect Willmore Fellows to contribute modestly to teaching, in the form of final year undergraduate project supervision in their area of research.

The Department is one of the UK’s best Departments of Mathematical Sciences with an outstanding reputation in teaching, research and employability of our students. Ranked 7th in terms of grade point average intensity in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, it has an active programme of internationally recognized research in Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics (including Applied and Computational Mathematics, Theoretical Particle Physics and Mathematical Biology) and Statistics and Probability. The research culture is vibrant, with many visitors, seminars, international conferences and workshops. We aim to provide a supportive and friendly environment with a strong sense of community. The Department, which currently has 63 members of staff, is set to grow significantly over the next ten years.

The Department of Mathematical Sciences has a proud tradition of delivering excellence in its undergraduate programmes through research-led and small group teaching. Attracting some of the best students in the country (third best average UCAS entry tariff), the department was ranked 2nd (GUG Ranking) out of all Russell Group Universities in the recent National Student Survey 2016, and was ranked 5th in the Complete University Guide 2017.

The Department embraces excellence in all its forms and invites all qualified candidates to apply. We particularly welcome applications from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in the University. We also encourage applications from researchers who are interested in taking the position part-time.

The Department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award. Athena SWAN is a national initiative that recognises the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. The Department also supports the London Mathematical Society Good Practice Scheme, whose aim is to support mathematics departments to embed equal opportunities for women within their working practices.

We aim at shortlisting in mid-November with interviews in January 2018. The successful applicant will, ideally, be in post by 1 October 2018.

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