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Post-doctoral Research Associate in Applied Mathematics

University of Cambridge - Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £36,024 to £44,263 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 16th February 2024
Closes: 15th March 2024
Job Ref: LE40558

A post-doctoral Research Associate position is available in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics to work in the research group of Professor Hamza Fawzi at the intersection of convex optimization and quantum information.

Many problems in quantum information and quantum many-body theory can be expressed in terms of a mathematical optimization problem. The goal of the project is to investigate approximation methods based on convex relaxations such as semidefinite programming and sums of squares, and to propose new ones with improved guarantees. The candidate will be expected to carry out theoretical analyses of the algorithms under study. The ability to implement proof-of-concept algorithms using numerical software is also essential.

The role holder will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required. You must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. You may be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects, the development of student research skills, provide instruction or plan/deliver seminars relating to the research area.

Applicants should have (or be close to completing) a PhD with a strong academic track record in the area of optimization and/or quantum information. Excellent presentation and communication skills are essential.

For more details on the position, please contact Professor Hamza Fawzi (hf323@cam.ac.uk)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Start date: October 2024

Interviews will be held soon after the closing date.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please click on the apply button above.

Please indicate the contact details of two academic referees on the online application form and upload a full curriculum vitae and a description of your recent research (not to exceed three pages). Please ensure that at least one of your referees is contactable at any time during the selection process, and is made aware that they will be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.

Please quote reference LE40558 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University of Cambridge is a signatory of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). DORA recognises the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated. The University expects candidates to apply the principles of DORA when preparing their applications. We do not use journal-level metrics when assessing the quality of research outputs. Applicants should not include journal-level metrics, such as the Journal Impact Factor, anywhere in their application materials. More information about DORA, its principles and aims can be found at: https://sfdora.org/ and https://www.research-strategy.admin.cam.ac.uk/research-policy/DORA

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.  We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from BAME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our Department.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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