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Research Associate in Computational Mathematics (Fixed Term)


Applications are invited for a postdoctoral Research Associate in computational mathematics, funded by Dr Anders Hansen's Leverhulme Prize in mathematics. The project is titled "Foundations of computations in mathematics of information" and focuses on establishing the boundaries of what digital computers can achieve in mathematics of information. We interpret mathematics of information in a wide sense to also include deep learning and artificial intelligence.

The successful candidate should have, or be about to receive, a PhD in mathematics, applied mathematics, computer science or related areas. The project emphasises foundations, and a strong theoretical background in optimisation and computational mathematics is preferred. Knowledge of computability and complexity theory will be helpful as well as general numerical analysis. Some experience in programming is useful, however, the emphasis will be on theoretical results.

Duties will include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research objectives, proposals and projects. The role holder will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required, and to assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies. They must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. They may be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects, the development of student research skills, provide instruction or plan/deliver seminars relating to the research area.

Enquiries can be addressed to Dr Anders Hansen: ach70@cam.ac.uk.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

You will need to upload a full curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a description of your recent and future research projects (not to exceed three pages). The contact details of two academic referees will be required; please ensure that your referees are aware that they may be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.

Limit of tenure: 2 years. The successful candidate is expected to start on 1st of April 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The closing date for applications is 15th February 2019.

Please quote reference LE17348 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The Department would particularly welcome applications from women, since women are, and have historically been, underrepresented on our research staff.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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