Heriot-Watt University

Assistant Professor in Mathematics (Algebra, Geometry or Topology)

Heriot-Watt University

Job Description

Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and leading-edge, relevant research, which has made it one of the top UK universities for innovation, business and industry. 

Heriot-Watt University has five campuses: three in the UK (Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney), one in Dubai and one in Malaysia. The University offers a highly distinctive range of degree programmes in the specialist areas of science, engineering, design, business and languages. Heriot-Watt is also Scotland's most international university, boasting the largest international student cohort 

Shaping Tomorrow Together 

The university is running a campaign to identify key academic talent join us across our Edinburgh, Galashiels, and Dubai campuses and across multiple Schools and Disciplines. You will join as an Assistant Professor. This is an exciting campaign to kick off in late 2022 and into 2023. So, we are really interested in hearing from you as we look to you to help us shape tomorrow together.

About our Team 

The Department of Mathematics is part of the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, which also includes the Departments of Actuarial Mathematics & Statistics and of Computer Science. The school is strongly oriented towards research and advanced postgraduate programmes. We foster a challenging and developmental environment for our undergraduates who go on to excel in a diverse range of careers.

The Department of Mathematics forms part of the Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences, a joint research institute bringing together the mathematical research activities at Heriot-Watt University and at the University of Edinburgh. The Maxwell Institute ranked 3rd for research power in the UK in the most recent REF. All our PhD students are part of the Maxwell Institute Graduate School (MIGS) - an internationally pre-eminent centre for postgraduate training and research in the mathematical sciences that offers an environment that is able to attract and foster the very best mathematical talent from around the world. Around 45-50 funded PhD students join MIGS each year, a proportion of which are part of MAC-MIGS, an EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training, and a smaller proportion affiliated to GlaMS, a PhD training centre in Algebra, Mathematical Physics, Geometry and Topology run in collaboration with the University of Glasgow.

The Department of Mathematics at Heriot Watt University is also a co-founder of the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS). The ICMS stimulates and promotes the mathematical sciences through organising and hosting diverse international workshops and conferences. Its vibrant events programme attracts leading mathematical scientists from the UK and internationally - connecting mathematical communities across the world and greatly enhancing the mathematical environment in Edinburgh.

The School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences has an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and is committed to an equality charter, which includes having a diverse and inclusive workforce, and to offering equality of opportunity to all. We encourage applications from under-represented groups, and we welcome requests for flexible working arrangements and endeavour to accommodate them, whenever possible. 

Detailed Description

The Department of Mathematics at Heriot Watt wishes to appoint an assistant professor to strengthen and complement the expertise of the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences and the Maxwell Institute in Algebra, Geometry or Topology. The successful candidate is expected to actively contribute to the various activities of the department, in particular to the training of our many strong PhD students within GlaMS. On the teaching side, the successful candidate should take over parts of the standard teaching of the department, and actively contribute to the development of new programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The post holder will have a unique opportunity to be part of a strong research community at Heriot-Watt University and to shape the future success of the Maxwell Institute.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Lead, carry out and publish internationally recognised research in mathematics;
  • Supervise PhD students and actively pursue research funding through the submission of high-quality grant proposals;
  • Contribute to the success of the Maxwell Institute and its activities, such as GlaMS and future Centres for Doctoral Training;
  • Carry out such administrative and recruitment activities as may be required to achieve these aims;
  • Develop and deliver innovative teaching in mathematics at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and work successfully in global teaching teams;
  • Contribute to and develop the department’s degree programmes in mathematics;
  • Be responsible to the Head of Department for performing the activities listed above in a way that will maintain and enhance the School’s reputation for excellence.

Education, Qualifications and Experience

To be considered for the role the candidate must have a PhD in mathematics or the mathematical sciences and a strong research track record at international level, demonstrated through publications, citations, external invitations and research funding. They must also have the relevant experience or potential to be able to successfully engage with our undergraduate and postgraduate mathematics teaching programmes, including the supervision of PhD students. The department has a strong collaborative ethos, and the successful candidate will have the aspiration to develop our world-class research activity and the drive and commitment to contribute to and develop our teaching programme.

Essential Criteria 

  • PhD in mathematics or the mathematical sciences
  • Track-record of internationally recognised research with excellent publications
  • Research interests in areas that complement/strengthen those of the Maxwell Institute
  • Skills to develop and teach a range of lecture courses in mathematics, as well as supervise MSc dissertations
  • Good interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Potential, ambition and plans to obtain research funding
  • Skills to supervise PhD students

Desirable Criteria 

  • Track record of obtaining research funding
  • Track record of successful supervision of PhD students and/or PDRAs
  • Track record of successful and innovative teaching, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level

How to Apply 

Applications can be submitted up until midnight on 19th February 2023.  

Please submit via the Heriot-Watt on-line recruitment system: (1) Cover letter describing their interest and suitability for the post; (2) Full CV that includes the list of publications; (3)  2-page max research statement, (4) 1-page max teaching statement.

Heriot-Watt University is committed to securing equality of opportunity in employment and to the creation of an environment in which individuals are selected, trained, promoted, appraised and otherwise treated on the sole basis of their relevant merits and abilities.  Equality and diversity are all about maximising potential and creating a culture of inclusion for all. 

Heriot-Watt University values diversity across our University community and welcomes applications from all sectors of society, particularly from underrepresented groups. For more information, please see our website https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/services/equality-diversity.htm and also our award-winning work in Disability Inclusive Science Careers https://disc.hw.ac.uk/ . 

We welcome and will consider flexible working patterns e.g. part-time working and job share options. 

Use our total rewards calculator: https://www.hw.ac.uk/about/work/total-rewards-calculator.htm to see the value of benefits provided by Heriot-Watt University.