Research Associate (fixed-term role)

Job title Research Associate (fixed-term role)

Department Mathematical Sciences

Salary Starting from £33,797, rising to £40,322

Grade Grade 7

Placed on Wednesday 01 July 2020

Closing date Sunday 02 August 2020

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CC7010R


Applications are invited for a Research Associate in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Bath.

The position is funded as part of the “Simons Foundation Collaboration on Special Holonomy in Geometry, Analysis and Physics”. The Collaboration consists of 10 Principal Investigators around the world and a larger group of academics, postdocs and PhD students, who work together on the study of Riemannian manifolds with special holonomy, particularly Calabi-Yau manifolds and 7- and 8-manifolds with holonomy G2 and Spin(7), their calibrated submanifolds, and gauge theory and instantons on them, and their connections with String and M-theory. 

You will work directly with Johannes Nordström on projects in the broad areas of the collaboration, and within Dr Nordström's research interests, and will write the results up for publication. These projects are not fixed in advance, but may be chosen to suit your research interests.

You will also be encouraged to work with other members of the Collaboration around the world, and will be expected to play an active role in the Collaboration activities and to attend the regular meetings of the Collaboration.

With a good first degree (or equivalent) in Mathematics and a PhD in Mathematics, or an equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience, you must have a demonstrable research track record in Geometry, Topology or Geometric Analysis or closely related areas in Mathematical Physics, and also have experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Manifolds with special holonomy including hyperkaehler manifolds, Calabi-Yau manifolds, 7-manifolds with holonomy G2; or 8-manifolds with holonomy Spin(7)
  • Differential topology of high-dimensional manifolds
  • Calibrated submanifolds and minimal submanifolds; geometric measure theory and regularity theory of singular minimal sub varieties
  • Gauge theory and instantons
  • Einstein Riemannian manifolds
  • Rational homotopy theory
  • Calabi-Yau and Fano varieties
  • Gluing methods in geometry
  • The physics of special holonomy spaces

You will be expected to work effectively within a team, have the ability to develop and apply new concepts, and have a creative approach to problem-solving. You will also be expected to demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be able to write clearly and succinctly for publication.

This is a fixed-term position for a period of 12 months, with a start date as soon as possible. 

For questions relating to this post please contact Dr Johnannes Nordstrom (, however, please ensure that your application is submitted via the University website.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:
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