Research Fellow in Mathematics Ref 8836

School/department: Mathematics
Hours: F
ull time. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: 18 months fixed term until 04 April 2024 (flexible)
Salary: starting at £34,304 to £40,927 per annum
Placed on: 09 June 2022
Closing date: 04 July 2022. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: TBC
Expected start date: 03 October 2022 (flexible)

Job description

The department of mathematics at the University of Sussex offers a fixed term Postdoctoral position in Probability and Mathematical Physics. Initially, the position is for 18 months but may be extended subject to additional funding.

We welcome candidates from these areas broadly, but candidates with an interest in random matrix theory, interacting particle systems and exactly solvable models are particularly encouraged to apply.

The post is part of a larger project funded by the Royal Society aiming to understand the relation between eigenvalues of random matrices and recent developments in probability theory related to e.g. Gaussian free fields.

The post-holder will work closely with the principal investigator Dr. Nick Simm in the Probability and Statistics research group and will benefit from recent growth in random matrix theory and probability within the department.

The post comes with a generous travel bursary that will enable the successful candidate to participate in international conferences and summer schools.

Prospective candidates should hold a PhD in Mathematics or Theoretical Physics, 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:

  • Random matrices broadly defined (e.g. to include two dimensional Coulomb gases, Wigner matrices, models in integrable probability).
  • Determinantal or Pfaffian structures in probabilistic models.
  • Orthogonal polynomials and their asymptotic analysis using tools such as the Riemann-Hilbert problem.

Candidates should include in their application the following:

·         Academic CV

·         Official academic transcripts

·         Contact details for two suitable referees

·         A personal statement (500 words maximum) outlining their research interests and their research experience to date

·         Application form


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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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