Postdoctoral Research Associate

Heriot-Watt University - School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences

The EPSRC-funded research project on which the appointed RA will work is led by Robert Weston as principal investigator and Anastasia Doikou and Des Johnston as co-investigators. All three are internationally-leading researchers in the fields of quantum integrable systems and solvable lattice models. The broader Heriot-Watt University mathematical physics group is the largest in Scotland, with ten members of staff including six with interests in quantum integrable systems. Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh University mathematical physicists also collectively make up the joint Edinburgh Mathematical Physics Group. This very active group has wide interests in all of modern mathematical physics and is made up around sixteen members of staff and many post-docs and graduate students. The two universities also cooperate in running the Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences and the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences.

This post will involve working on an EPSRC-funded project that seeks to develop our understanding of open integrable quantum spin chains with integrable boundary conditions. In particular, the project aims to develop a universal picture of Baxter relations in open quantum spins chains (Baxter relations are difference equations for certain polynomials Q - the construction and study of these relations is a direct route to 'solving' the underlying model). A key step in this programme will be to develop open analogues of the known q-characters of representations of quantum affine algebras.

A secondary goal of the project concerns an application of our Baxter relations to open non-equilibrium statistical-mechanical models known as ASEPs and ASAPs.

Applicants should hold a PhD in mathematics or physics with an excellent track record of work in the broad field of quantum integrable systems. They should have a strong interest in algebraic/representation-theoretic approaches, and an interest in learning and developing new mathematical techniques. They should also be interested in the physics of quantum integrable systems.

The post is available for 36 months.

Closing date: 18 Dec 2017 23:00 (UK time)

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts at Heriot-Watt.

For application details and further information please go to:
https://www.hw.ac.uk/about/careers/jobs/united-kingdom.htm

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