Research Fellow in Mathematics Ref 0452

School/department: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, department of Mathematics
Hours: Full-time or part-time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need)
Contract: Fixed term for 22 months 
Reference: 0452 
Salary: starting at £33,139 and rising to £39,609 per annum
Placed on: 22 November 2018
Closing date: 18 January 2019.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected interview date: TBC
Expected start date: mid-2019 TBC

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 22 months but this may be extended subject to additional funding.

We welcome applications from all candidates in 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 the eigenvalues of large 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. Nicholas 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.

Preferably, they would have some experience in at least one of the following areas: Random matrices broadly defined (e.g. to include two dimensional Coulomb gases, models in integrable probability, Wigner matrices), probability theory in relation to Gaussian processes such as the Gaussian Free Field, integrable models and their solutions in terms of e.g. Fredholm determinants or orthogonal polynomials.

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 suitability for the position and research experience to date relevant to the project
  • Application form

Enquiries: All enquiries should be directed to Dr. Nicholas Simm (

The School is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and currently holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award. 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. The School of Life Sciences welcomes applications to academic posts from candidates who wish to work part-time or as job-sharers.

Download the full job description and person specification (reference number 0452) (PDF 150.43KB)

How to apply

Download our academic post application form [DOC 301.50KB] and personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 162.50KB] and fill in all sections.

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