Research Associate/Fellow (fixed-term) in Mathematical Sciences University of Nottingham, Department of Mathematical Sciences

Research Associate/Fellow (fixed-term)



Closing Date
Monday, 20th November 2017

Job Type

Mathematical Sciences

£26495 to £34520 per annum, depending on skills and experience (minimum £29799 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance


Applications are invited for the above post to work with Profs Gregor Tanner and Dave Thomas and Drs Stephen Creagh and Gabriele Gradoni onan ONR-Global - funded project entitled “Propagating electromagnetic signals through complex built-up structures” The project deals with modelling noisy, interference dominated electromagnetic wave fields in a complex and changing environment. It brings together two novel and complementary methods, namely Dynamical Energy Analysis – DEA, developed in Nottingham and the Random Coupling Model – RCM, pioneered at the University of Maryland. Combining these conceptually different methods promises a step-change in the capability of EM field simulations in the mid (microwave) to high (mmWave) frequency range. The central aim of the project is to develop an efficient numerical toolbox for short wavelength EM-fields inside three-dimensional (multiply connected cavity) structures determining statistical fluctuations as well as mean field intensities. This will make it possible to assess average field values and fluctuations of statistically inhomogeneous fields at different points within the structure, thus extending power balance approaches. The research will be conducted in close collaborations with Profs. Edward Ott, Thomas Antonsen, and Steven Anlage, at the University of Maryland, College Park (USA).


The successful applicant will specialise in the solutions of electromagnetic field problems using high frequency asymptotics of wave equations and Random Matrix Theory (RMT), and will develop associated numerical software tools.


Candidates must hold or be near completion of a PhD, or equivalent, in a relevant branch of applied mathematics, theoretical physics or electrical engineering. A good knowledge of wave chaos and wave modelling is essential. In addition, a background in more than one of the following areas is highly desirable: numerical solutions of PDEs, programming, quantum chaos, RMT, and electromagnetic theory. Candidates should be confident, organised, have good communication skills and enjoy working as part of a team as well as independently. The successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the publication of scientific papers, and to their dissemination at relevant conferences and to undertake frequent visits to our partners at the University of Maryland. They should have evidence that the quality and quantity of their previous research outputs is commensurate with their level of experience.


In recognition of its commitment to promoting women in science, The University of Nottingham is one of a small number of universities to hold a Silver Athena SWAN Award.


This full-time position will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 24 months.


For information about the School of Mathematical Sciences see: For information about the Wave Modelling Research Group, see


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof Gregor Tanner, email: Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.


The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.


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