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Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Mathematical Sciences

Durham, United Kingdom
£37,099 - £44,263 per annum
Closing date
15 Jan 2024

The Role

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Probability Theory with particular emphasis in statistical mechanics, random conformal geometry and/or branching processes. The successful candidate will be working on projects related to the research grant "critical systems in random geometry", through which the position is funded. The successful candidate will also have time to develop their own research programme and to collaborate with other people. Durham has a particularly strong profile in probability (group webpage) and theoretical physics (group webpage).

This post is fixed term for 24 months, as prescribed by the grant funding.

The preferred starting date would be between 1st December 2023 and 1st August 2024, by agreement.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria:


  1. A good first degree in mathematics.
  2. A PhD (or be close to submission) in mathematics or a related subject.


  • Experience in conducting high quality academic research.
  • Demonstrable ability to write material of a quality commensurate with publication in highly ranked journals.
  • Demonstrable ability to present research papers at international conferences and communicate complex information to specialists and within the wider academic community.
  • Experience in research related to at least one of: statistical mechanics; random conformal geometry; branching processes.


  • Demonstrable ability to work cooperatively as part of a team, including participating in research meetings.
  • Ability to work independently on own initiative and to strict deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Desirable Criteria


  • Strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals, commensurate with stage of career.
  • A track record of presenting research at conferences, symposia, or meetings, commensurate with stage of career.


  • Demonstrable ability to plan and manage independent research.

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