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Research Fellow

UCL - Department of Mathematics

Location: London
Salary: £33,958 to £40,928 per annum , inclusive of London Allowance (grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th October 2021
Closes: 7th November 2021
Job Ref: 1879079

Interview Date: TBC

This post is available from 7th February 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter for 2 years in the first instance

The department has internationally recognised research groups in pure and applied analysis; fluid mechanics; mathematical physics; geometry and topology; algebra, number theory and combinatorics; mathematical modelling in biology, finance, industry and society. 

Applications are invited for a full-time Research Fellow position to work with Professor Timo Betcke and Professor Erik Burman on the project Integrated Simulation at the Exascale: coupling, synthesis and performance.

The responsibilities of the post will include: Carrying out vigorous, high-level research on the numerical analysis and scientific computing of coupled solvers at extreme scales. Topics include extreme scale FEM/BEM coupling, higher-order methods, and stability analysis of complex coupled simulations, interfacing with other team members at UCL, Cambridge and STFC. Full participation in seminars and colloquia in the subject, submitting publications regularly in refereed journals and participating in national and international conferences, and contributing to high-quality open-source code development.

This post is for 2 years in the first instance, with the expectation of transitioning to an open-ended appointment as a staff scientist within UCL ARC at the end of this period, subject to satisfactory performance evaluation.

Candidates should either have a PhD or equivalent qualification in Mathematics or a related subject, should be finalising their PhD or waiting for their viva date.

The successful candidate is expected to have a proven track record in research and publishing, have a strong software development expertise in a modern scientific computing language. Preferred languages are Python and C++ , but transferrable skills from other relevant languages are taken into account. They should also have knowledge of and commitment to software development best practise including issue tracking, testing, documentation, version control and continuous integration. As well as have a strong desire to work at the heart of, and fully participate in, an active research group in the field, have excellent interpersonal skills to facilitate participation in a research group, and excellent communication skills, both written and oral.

An outstanding candidate will have interest and research experience with at least some of the following subjects: Finite element and Boundary Element Methods, Domain Decomposition Solvers, large-scale computational simulations, as well as have software Development Skills in Rust or Julia.

Please note: Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent on award and confirmation of a PhD (or equivalent). If this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B, point 26 (salary £33,958 per annum inclusive of London allowance) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button above.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Adrianna Mickiewicz (

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Timo Betcke, email: (Principal Investigator for grant).

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

UCL Taking Action for Equality

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

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