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Research Associate (Fixed-Term Role)

University of Bath - Department of Mathematical Sciences

Location: Bath
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd August 2019
Closes: 22nd September 2019
Job Ref: CC7010

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Bath. The position is funded as part of the “Simons Foundation Collaboration on Special Holonomy in Geometry, Analysis and Physics”. The Collaboration consists of 10 Principal Investigators around the world and a larger group of academics, postdocs and PhD students, who work together on the study of Riemannian manifolds with special holonomy, particularly Calabi-Yau manifolds and 7- and 8-manifolds with holonomy G2 and Spin(7), their calibrated submanifolds, and gauge theory and instantons on them, and their connections with String and M-theory. The Collaboration website is at

The successful candidate will work directly with Johannes Nordström on projects in the broad areas of the collaboration, and within Dr Nordström's research interests, and will write the results up for publication. These projects are not fixed in advance, but may be chosen to suit the research interests of the Research Associate. The Research Associate will also be encouraged to work with other members of the Collaboration around the world, and will be expected to play an active role in the Collaboration activities and to attend the regular meetings of the Collaboration.

You will have a good first degree (or equivalent) in Mathematics and a PhD in Mathematics, or an equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience.  You must have a demonstrable research track record in Geometry, Topology or Geometric Analysis or closely related areas in Mathematical Physics.

You will have experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Manifolds with special holonomy including hyperkaehler manifolds, Calabi-Yau manifolds, 7-manifolds with holonomy G2; or 8-manifolds with holonomy Spin(7)
  • Differential topology of high-dimensional manifolds
  • Calibrated submanifolds and minimal submanifolds; geometric measure theory and regularity theory of singular minimal sub varieties
  • Gauge theory and instantons
  • Einstein Riemannian manifolds
  • Rational homotopy theory
  • Calabi-Yau and Fano varieties
  • Gluing methods in geometry
  • The physics of special holonomy spaces

The successful candidate will be expected to work effectively within a team, have the ability to develop and apply new concepts, and have a creative approach to problem-solving. You will also be expected to demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be able to write clearly and succinctly for publication.

This is a fixed-term position with an expected duration of up to 18 months, with a start date as soon as possible, and no later than 1 January 2020. 

For questions relating to this post please contact Dr Johnannes Nordstrom (

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