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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Mathematical Sciences

Salary:  Starting from £32,004, rising to £38,183
Placed On:  Wednesday 11 January 2017
Closing Date:  Sunday 05 February 2017
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  SF4574

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position 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 will 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. The Collaboration website is at

The successful candidate 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 the research interests of the Research Associate. The Research Associate will also be encouraged to work with other members of the Collaboration around the world, including across disciplinary boundaries, e.g. between Mathematics and Physics. The Research Associate will be expected to play an active role in the Collaboration activities and to attend the regular meetings of the Collaboration.

You will have 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.

You will 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 must display clear evidence of outstanding promise and originality in research and have a good publication record judged by your career stage. A high degree of self-motivation and independence is also required.

The successful candidate 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 up to 42 months, with a start date as soon as possible, and no later than October 1st 2017.

For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Dr Johannes Nordström ( Application to be made online.

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

Further details:
The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. To achieve our global aspirations, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.