Research Assistant

Imperial College London - Department of Mathematics

Job Summary

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant position in the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College London to work in the area of dynamical systems. The position is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) as part of an Advanced Grant awarded to Professor S. van Strien.

Duties and Responsibilities

The title of the grant is “Rigidity and Global Deformations in Dynamics”.  The research aims are to solve:

  • the Palis conjecture for discrete dynamical systems in dimension one, and
  • to obtain a Denjoy-like theory for discrete dynamical systems in dimension two;
  • to obtain global perturbation results concerning piecewise affine transformations.

The specific goal of this position is to study the dynamics near smooth maps of the disc with superhomoclinic bifurcations. The appointee will be working closely with the PI’s in the Department with this study and work to promote the reputation of the Group, Department of Mathematics and the College. The post holder will be expected to contribute to writing bids for research grants, write reports for submission to research sponsors and present the findings to colleagues and at conferences.

Essential Criteria

  • You will hold a Master’s degree in Mathematics or a closely related discipline and be working towards a PHD program.
  • Proven research ability in Mathematics, with a proven track record of highly original research
  • The candidate should have experience in areas of the field of dynamical systems which are relevant to the research topics of the project “Rigidity and Global Deformations in Dynamics”, specifically in relation to the topic of superhomoclinic bifurcation theory as described in the job description associated to this post
  • An outstanding research record commensurate with the level of experience as demonstrated, for example, through an outstanding thesis, publication, or conference presentations etc.
  • The potential for strong leadership qualities in the subject, as illustrated, for example, through showing initiative on research projects
  • The ability to contribute significantly to the research environment of the research group and the Department of Mathematics as demonstrated, for example, through a proven track record of successful research interaction

The successful candidate will be expected to work well as part of a team, work closely with Professors Van Strien, Turaev and Lamb.  

Further Information

For additional information please contact Professor S. van Strien ( Information about Department of Mathematics can be obtained from

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Our preferred method of application is online via our website Please complete and upload an application form as directed, also providing a CV (including list of publications) and a cover letter.Should you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Mrs Rusudan Svanidze, Research Operations Manager, Email:

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