Research Associate

Strand Campus
Grade 6, £38,304 to £43,822 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Wednesday, 20 January 2021
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 17 February 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Applications are invited for two Research Associate posts in Disordered Systems in the Department of Mathematics at King’s College London.
The Disordered Systems group conducts research on the development of new methods to tackle both fundamental issues, and a broad range of applications to complex systems of many interacting units, where intrinsic disorder or underlying chaos play a fundamental role. In particular, Random Matrix Theory has become an increasingly important area of research at the intersection between Theoretical Physics and Probability, and beyond.  Areas of active research within the group include, for example, studies in mathematical systems biology and medicine  (protein, metabolic and immune networks & network ensembles), as well as links with statistics, optimization, informatics and machine learning.  The group also has a strong profile in glasses and non-equilibrium systems, as well as in various applications of random matrices to such areas as sparse networks, Anderson localization, quantum chaotic scattering, statistical mechanics of random landscapes and extreme value theory.  Recent work has led to the development of new models to describe natural and social phenomena,  like stability of large ecosystems or modelling and visualisation of dynamically interacting legal systems.
The successful candidates should have demonstrated the capacity to conduct high quality research in disordered systems and have expertise related to the area of Random Matrix Theory or related subjects. Candidates having experience in the fields of Anderson Localization or Spin Glasses will also be considered.  The project, funded by EPSRC and entitled: “Random Hessians and Jacobians: theory and applications”   is expected to focus on studies centered around spectra and eigenvectors of random matrices and operators, mostly arising via Hessians of random landscapes, or Jacobians of various origin. In particular, investigating various aspects of non-Hermitian random matrices will be an important subject of studies. Having a working knowledge of any relevant techniques and methods will be an advantage.

Further particulars of the posts can be located below and further information about the department and the research group can be found at:

These posts are available as of 1 July 2021.


Key responsibilities
Attend and, as appropriate, present research findings and papers at internal academic meetings and external professional conferences, and contribute to the internal and external visibility of the department. 
Work as a conscientious and committed member of the team. 
Provide help in organizing conferences and workshops.
Undertake such specific departmental roles and functions as may be reasonably required e.g. rotation as seminar programme co-ordinator. 
Develop and undertake research of high quality consistent with making a full active research contribution, including establishing a track record of high quality publications. 
Conduct individual and collaborative research projects. 
Write up research work for publication. 
Continually update knowledge and understanding in field of research. 
Translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity. 
Foster inter-disciplinary working within the department.
Actively follow King’s policies including equality of opportunity, data protection, etc. 

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post. 

Essential criteria
PhD awarded in disordered systems or relevant subject areas, or PhD  near completion
International reputation in disordered systems or relevant research field 
Research experience in disordered systems or relevant subject area 
Good publication record in disordered systems 
High research productivity and reasonably fast pace of project completion
Experience of qualitative and quantitative research methods and data analysis 
Competence in spoken and written English 
Ability to work in a team

Desirable criteria
Good presentation and communication skills 
Possess an underlying vision which motivates their research 
Good organisational skills (experience in organizing scientific events)
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*Please note that this is a PhD level role but candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhDs will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 5, spine point 30 with the title of Research Assistant. Upon confirmation of the award of the PhD, the job title will become Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6.





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