Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Mathematics

Sydney, Australia
15 May 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia's leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We've helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing Australia's first female vice-chancellor.

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In Macquarie's Faculty of Science and Engineering you'll join passionate researchers and educators blazing new trails in the spirit of discovery and exploration. Encouraged to think boldly, and supported by some of Australia's most outstanding facilities, brilliant minds converge in our faculty to create incredible new possibilities: the world's first attempt to synthesize complex life, the creation of Wi-Fi, the discovery of dancing dwarf galaxies, and the development of blue LED light. Inspired by challenge and opportunity, we look forward to welcoming you as we imagine a new future together.

Join us and start seeing the world in a different light. 

The Role

This role is open to application by mathematicians who have a strong research interest and growing reputation in category theory or cognate fields. The successful candidate will work on the Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant “Monoidal categories and beyond: new contexts and new applications” and will collaborate with members of Macquarie University's Centre of Australian Category Theory (CoACT) to advance the scientific program supported by this grant. Applications from candidates with expertise in the areas of quasicategory theory or Hopf algebra theory are particularly encouraged.

The successful candidate will be expected to make a vigorous contribution in the overall activities of CoACT, to present research progress regularly at the Australian Category Seminar and to publish papers in well-regarded mathematical journals. Where appropriate the appointee may also be asked to assist with the mathematical supervision of CoACT's PhD research students.

Selection Criteria 

To be considered for this position applicants must respond to the selection criteria below in a separate document as part of the application process (please also indicate when you can start).


  • A PhD awarded or submitted, in category theory or a closely related area of mathematics
  • A demonstrated ability to publish in the scientific literature
  • Experience of presenting research results at scientific meetings
  • Strong written and oral communication skills


  • A background in areas of application of category theory, including but not limited to: quasicategory theory, higher dimensional category theory or Hopf algebra theory

Salary Package: From $88,420 to $94,760 p.a (Level A Step 6 to step 8; PhD required) plus 17% employer's superannuation contribution and annual leave loading.

Appointment Type: Full-time, 2 year fixed-term (successful candidate to commence as soon as possible)

Role Specific Enquiries: A/Prof Steve Lack via email or phone +61 2 9850 8928; or Dr Richard Garner via e-mail or phone +61 2 9850 8923

General Recruitment Enquiries: Diane Abinoja on

Applications Close: Friday, 15 June 2018 at 11:55pm AEST

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.

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