Applications are invited for the position of a postdoctoral Research Associate in Combinatorics in the School of Mathematics at Cardiff University. This is a 3-year fixed-term post starting on 1 October 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will work with Dr Roger Behrend on the project “The combinatorics of alternating sign matrices and plane partitions”, funded by a research grant from the Leverhulme Trust.
Alternating sign matrices and plane partitions are two classes of discrete objects which share fundamental enumerative properties. The project will aim to obtain an improved combinatorial understanding of these classes and the connection between them, through the application of intrinsically combinatorial methods, such as those involving lattice paths and partially ordered sets, as well as through some indirect means, such as those related to statistical physics and representation theory.
Funds will be available for research travel and conference attendance, visits to Cardiff by collaborators and colleagues, and high-specification computing equipment.
The School of Mathematics at Cardiff University
The School of Mathematics is a research-led School at Cardiff University, one of the UK’s leading universities, with a reputation for internationally excellent research and high-quality teaching. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, REF 2014, Cardiff University was ranked 5th in the UK in terms of the grade point average of its overall quality profile. Staff in the School of Mathematics are actively involved in research in several areas of relevance to the project, including combinatorics, algebra, mathematical physics, number theory, graph theory, discrete geometry and combinatorial optimization. The School benefits from interactions with many other nearby mathematical hubs, including London, which is two hours from Cardiff by train.
Candidates with research expertise in combinatorics and closely related areas of mathematics are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a record of or potential to produce research that reaches the highest standards of excellence in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
Candidates should have, or be close to completion of, a PhD in mathematics.
In their application, candidates should include a CV (including details of all publications, preprints and papers in preparation) and a short research statement.
The position is full-time, 35 hours per week, and is fixed-term for 36 months.
Salary: £33,199 – £39,609 per annum (Grade 6)
We strongly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority group, as they are under-represented in our School. The School of Mathematics has an Athena SWAN Bronze Award that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in science. The University is committed to ensuring that we sustain a positive working environment for all staff to flourish and achieve. As part of this commitment, the University has developed a flexible and responsive framework of procedures to support staff in managing their work and personal commitments wherever possible.