Research Fellow in Mathematics Ref 20381

School/department:   Mathematical and Physical Sciences - Mathematics
Hours: Full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0fte
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Contract: 24 months fixed term until 31 December 2025
Reference:  20381
Salary: starting at £36,333 to £43,155 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on:  13 April 2023
Closing date:  12 May 2023   Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: to be confirmed
Expected start date: 1 October 2023

Job description

The Department of Mathematics at the University of Sussex is inviting applications for a fixed term Postdoctoral position in Probability and Combinatorics.

We welcome candidates from these areas broadly, but candidates with an interest in random graphs, branching processes and interacting particles systems are particularly encouraged to apply.

The post is part of a larger project funded by the ESPRC aiming to better understand the geometric and dynamical properties of random graphs with clustering.

The post-holder will work closely with the principal investigator Dr. Minmin Wang, and join the Probability and Statistics research group, a vibrant group currently consisting of 6 permanent members and several early career researchers.

Prospective candidates should hold a PhD in Mathematics, or be in the final stages of writing up their PhD thesis and have submitted by the start date of the position.

Examples of topics that are pertinent to this job include:

  • Scaling limit of random discrete objects
  • Stochastic coalescent and fragmentation processes
  • Contact processes or other related interacting particle systems

 Candidates should include in their application the following:

  • Academic CV
  • A personal statement (500 words maximum) outlining their research interests and their research experience to date
  • Official academic transcripts
  • Contact details for two suitable referees
  • Application form

Please contact Dr Minmin Wang ( for informal enquiries.

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex.

Please note that this position may be subject to ATAS clearance if you require visa sponsorship

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download job description and person specification 20381 [PDF 210.19KB]

The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

Visa Sponsorship Queries:

"This role has been assigned an eligible SOC code and meets the salary requirements for Skilled Worker Sponsorship if full time. Please consult our Skilled Worker Visa information page  for further information about Visa Sponsorship."

How to apply

Download our academic application form [DOC 199.50KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.

Email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as or .pages) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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