Postdoctoral Research Associate in Pure Mathematics University of Edinburgh, School of Mathematics United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Vacancy Ref: : 042224

Closing Date : 10-Jan-2018

Contact Person : Jill Douglas

Contact Number : 0131 650 6568

Contact Email :

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Pure Mathematics

Applications are invited for the post of Postdoctoral Research Associate in nonlinear dispersive PDEs in the School of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh. The post is available on 1st September 2018, or by negotiation, for a 12 months fixed term contract.

This position is funded from a research fellowship awarded to Tadahiro Oh. The projects include a variety of possible research directions in nonlinear dispersive PDEs, harmonic analysis and probability.


The research will be carried out in cooperation with Tadahiro Oh.


There will be an opportunity to teach if the candidate would like to do so in order to enhance their career development.


The appointee will join our thriving and growing Analysis Group within the School of Mathematics.


The starting salary will be in the range of £32,548 - £38,833 depending on experience. There is also funding in the grant to support international travel.

Please enclose with your application your complete CV and research statement. In addition, please have three referees to send letters of recommendation directly to by the closing date.


The closing date for receipt of applications is 10 January 2018.


Informal enquiries are encouraged; please contact Tadahiro by email:


The University of Edinburgh promotes equality and diversity, holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award and supports the LMS Good Practice Scheme. We strive for a family-friendly School of Mathematics.


Job Details

Job title: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Pure Mathematics


School: Mathematics


Line manager: Tadahiro Oh


Job Purpose

This position is funded from a research fellowship awarded to Tadahiro Oh. The projects include a variety of possible research directions in nonlinear dispersive PDEs, harmonic analysis and probability.


The research will be carried out in cooperation with Tadahiro Oh.


There will be an opportunity to teach if the candidate would like to do so in order to enhance their career development.


Main Responsibilities


<b>Approx. % of time</b>
To undertake research in the discipline 95


To undertake development training as necessary 5


Person Specification

Candidates should have a PhD in mathematics by the time of the start of the position and have some background in nonlinear dispersive PDEs. Particularly useful would be experience with any one of the following topics: harmonic analysis and probability. Candidates should also be enthusiastic about learning new methods, and applying their existing knowledge in innovative ways.


Key Contacts/Relationships

Tadahiro Oh;


Other members of the Analysis Group within the School of Mathematics;


Academic staff within the School;

School support staff;

Undergraduate and postgraduate students;

Postdoctoral colleagues.

Postdoctoral Teaching in the School of Mathematics

Candidates will have the opportunity to teach (but there is no requirement to do so). If the candidate does choose to volunteer to teach, the School will seek to find assignments that are beneficial in terms of career development and compatible with the post-doc's research expertise. Moreover, the post-doc would receive the same amount of support and training as those with a teaching requirement.


Application Procedure


All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application.

Please submit a CV and research statement with your application.

We anticipate interviews will be held in late January. You will be notified by email if you have been shortlisted.
The closing date is 5pm on 10 January 2018.


Eligibility to Work


In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).


To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.


For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work website


If you are not currently eligible to work in the UK, the University has the authority to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa) in accordance with current UK Visas and Immigration rules.


For applicants interested in sponsorship information is available on our Working in the UK website


However, if you have previously been sponsored by an employer within the UK but your leave has expired or lapsed and you are no longer in the UK, according to Home Office Visa Immigration rules you cannot apply for sponsorship under any category of Tier 2 for a period of 12 months after the date your visa expired and/or you left the UK.


If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts and come from outside the EEA, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa.


The Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa route offers a greater flexibility in your employment compared to other UK immigration routes, meaning you can, for example, move organisation, location and/or job role. By contrast with, a Tier 2 visa where you are ‘tied to a UK sponsor’. Tier 1 provides greater flexibility in undertaking additional engagements, such as collaborations and is intended as a route to settlement. Allowed absences from the UK are up to 180 days per year without losing the eligibility to qualify for settlement, with no restriction on the reason for absence (unlike Tier 2, where any absences from the UK must be for a purpose consistent with the person’s employment or economic activity, including paid annual leave, or for serious or compelling personal reasons).


You would initially need to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK).


Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)


Once successfully endorsed, you are able to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. More information on this entry route is available at UKVI Website.


Conditions of Employment


Pension Scheme


This role is grade UE07 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.


For further information please visit our Pensions website.




The role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary of £32,548 to £38,833 for 35 hours, each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month.


The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.


The School of Mathematics

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As a School we value both the breadth and depth of our mathematical research. We have over fifty permanent members of academic staff and over twenty research fellows and research associates, who come from across the world and together cover a broad range of research topics in pure and applied mathematics, operational research and statistics. Our Graduate School has close to seventy research students and over one hundred MSc students, and our postgraduate provision has gone from strength to strength with the recent introduction of Doctoral Training Centres in Analysis and its Applications, and in Data Science. We have close links with the School of Informatics and are actively involved in current data science developments, particularly as one of the 5 UK-wide partners in the Alan Turing Institute.


Together with the Departments of Mathematics and Actuarial Mathematics & Statistics at Heriot-Watt University (also in Edinburgh), the School is a partner in the Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences. This is a centre for research and postgraduate training and is one of the largest mathematical groupings in the UK. The 2014 Maxwell Institute submission for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranked it 5th out of 52 UK institutions. This places the Maxwell Institute in a select group of world leading centres covering the full spectrum of the Mathematical Sciences.


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The School is passionate about delivering a world-leading educational environment for its students and is constantly exploring new ideas in mathematical education in order to provide a stimulating learning environment. Quantitative skills have never been more in demand in the world, and our students graduate with strong skills in critical thinking, independent learning and communication. Within 6 months of graduating, 93% of our students are in full-time employment or study. In 2010 the Teaching Programme review "welcomed the excellent quality of education" provided by the School.


The School of Mathematics holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advancing the representation of women in mathematics.


The School is located in the James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB) which is situated on the King's Buildings site, approximately 3 kilometres south of the centre of the city of Edinburgh. JCMB also houses the School of Physics, BioSS, and Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC); a leading European supercomputing facility. The Schools of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering and Electronics, and parts of GeoSciences are within a few minutes' walk.

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Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014


In the 2014 REF over 95% of our staff were submitted. Of our seven submissions, four of which were as a joint research school in combination with a strategic research university partner through pooling, 3 were ranked top in the UK and all 7 were in the top 5 in their discipline in the Times Higher Power rankings.

The University of Edinburgh

For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They’ve explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do.

The latest Research Excellence Framework highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence. The University is proud of its success with online teaching initiatives, with 2550 students currently studying its online distance learning postgraduate programmes, and a total to date of more than 2 million enrolments for Edinburgh MOOCs.


As a member of staff, you will be part of one of the world's leading universities, with 20 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 1600 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programmes to over 35,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 13,000 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.


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The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment, including flexible working and childcare vouchers. See our University Initiatives website for further information.


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