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Head of Department of Mathematics

London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
Closing date
26 Feb 2024

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The Department of Mathematics at King’s College London has a distinguished scientific tradition in pure and applied mathematics dating back to is its foundation in 1830, with a reputation today as a world-leading centre for research and study at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. We are now seeking a new Head of Department to provide strategic leadership, inspire staff to achieve high standards of research and teaching, and continue to position the Department to contribute significantly to wider Faculty and University objectives.

Mathematics covers a vast spectrum of fascinating topics and addresses fundamental questions, and as such the Department is well positioned to contribute to wider King’s ambitions, not least our ambition to make the world a better place. As a result, the Department has seen significant growth over the last four years, growing by 32% to 77 academic staff, and student numbers growing by 11%.

Based at our Strand Campus in the heart of London this is an exciting opportunity to lead a Department with an international reputation for excellence. Working with the Executive Dean and Faculty Leadership Team the postholder will be expected to build wide and meaningful interdisciplinary research collaborations across King’s, ensure excellence and innovation in education, provide supportive leadership for academic and professional services staff in the Department, and contribute to the strategic direction of the Faculty.

The successful candidate will have a substantial track record in research, teaching and professional achievement within a mathematics discipline, and evidence an aptitude and ambition towards inclusive leadership.

For further information please visit and to apply please go to the Jobs at King’s pages and submit the specified documentation. For an informal conversation please contact the King’s Search Team

The closing date for applications is 23.59 on 26th February 2024. The selection process will include a rigorous shortlisting and interview process, with first round interviews scheduled for Tuesday 26th March 2024 and final interviews Thursday 25th April 2024.

The Department of Mathematics supports an inclusive culture and diversity for staff and students. We are committed to encouraging further growth from diverse groups, and we welcome applications from people of all abilities and currently under-represented groups, which we are able to support with our range of flexible and inclusive benefits.



King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit:

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at

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