Research Associate

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position in the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College London.  The position is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and will involve the study of Vafa-Witten invariants of complex projective surfaces.

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00640
  • Date posted 23 January 2020
  • Closing date 23 February 2020

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position in the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College London.  The position is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and will involve the study of Vafa-Witten invariants of complex projective surfaces.

Duties and responsibilities

The project will be a mix of calculation of examples and the development of new theory, using a mix of techniques such as deformation theory, derived categories, wall-crossing, localisation and K-theoretic invariants, and geometric representation theory of (nested) Hilbert schemes of points on surfaces.

Essential requirements

You should hold a PhD or equivalent level of professional qualifications and/or experience in algebraic geometry or closely related fields.

You should also possess:

  • Original research results in algebraic geometry, geometric representation theory or theoretical high energy physics                        
  • A broad and strong background in geometry                  
  • Ability to carry out original research and to produce published research papers 
  • Ability to identify, develop and apply new concepts, techniques and methods          
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own work with minimal supervision           
  • Ability to prioritise own work in response to deadlines     
  • Ability to work with others, especially postdocs and graduate students           
  • High level analytical capability   
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly         

Resilience and independence in the face of research difficulties and setbacks

Further information

The position is fixed term for 11 months. The expected start date is 1 October 2020 or soon thereafter.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.

For any specific queries regarding the post please contact Professor Richard Thomas, (richard.thomas@imperial.ac.uk)

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Additional information

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In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.