Research Associate in Mathematics

Job summary

Fixed Term for 24 Months Applications are invited for Research Associate position in the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College London to work in the area of nonlocal PDEs. The position is funded through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council through the EPSRC Grant EP/P031587/1 Nonlocal Partial Differential Equations: entropies, gradient flows, phase transitions and applications.

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00151
  • Date posted 23 April 2018
  • Closing date 29 May 2018

Job description

Job summary

Fixed Term for 24 Months
Applications are invited for Research Associate position in the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College London to work in the area of nonlocal PDEs. The position is funded through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council through the EPSRC Grant EP/P031587/1 Nonlocal Partial Differential Equations: entropies, gradient flows, phase transitions and applications.

Duties and responsibilities

The Research Associate will work directly with Professors J.A. Carrillo and G.A. Pavliotis and they will join a vibrant research group working on problems related to PDEs, statistical mechanics and SDEs with current research activities on gradient flows, phase transitions and numerical analysis for multiscale systems.

The main aims of this project are:
• The rigorous study of mean field limits for interacting diffusions: phase transitions, stability, and design of control strategies.
• The development of efficient numerical methods for their study.
• The design and analysis of evolutionary global optimization for multi-well potentials.
• The development and implementation of optimal and feedback control methodologies for agent-based models for opinion formation.

We expect the candidate to have a solid background in numerical methods for PDEs, modelling with kinetic and related models, and if possible have some notions of control theory and/or uncertainty quantification and their applications in these areas. The duties will be to conduct research of the highest level in problems connected to these topics.

Essential requirements

It is essential that you have:

Experience and knowledge:
• A good first degree (or equivalent) in Mathematics, Physics, or a related area and a PhD in Mathematics, or an equivalent level of professional qualifications.
• You must display clear evidence of outstanding promise and originality in research and have a good publication record.
• Excellent record of accomplishment in carrying out original research of high quality in at least two of the following areas: applied partial differential equations, numerical analysis, or stochastic processes.
• Expertise on analytical and computational methods for PDEs.
• Strong programming skills.


Skills and abilities:
• Be willing to travel and spend time overseas as part of the project.
• Ability to work and communicate effectively in a multi-disciplinary team.
• Ability to carry out original research and publish in high impact journals.
• Ability to exercise initiative and judgment in carrying out research tasks.
• Ability to prioritise own work in response to deadlines.
• Ability to identify, develop and apply new concepts, techniques and methods.
• Creative approach to problem-solving.
• Ability to organise and prioritise own work with minimal supervision.
• Ability to keep accurate records of research results and activity.
• Excellent written communication skills and the ability to write scientifically, clearly and succinctly for publication.
• Ability to present research with authority and coherence.

Further information

Please complete and upload an application form as directed, also providing a CV and a list of publications.

For any specific queries regarding the post please contact Professor J.A. Carrillo, carrillo@imperial.ac.uk or Professor G.A. Pavliotis, g.pavliotis@imperial.ac.uk


Should you have any queries about the application process please contact Ms Mona El-Khatib, m.el-khatib@imperial.ac.uk

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

* Maximum salary on appointment: £36,800. Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380 - £34,040 per annum.

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