Postdoctoral Research Associate

Durham University

Postdoctoral Analysis Affiliate (
Job Quantity:
Division of Mathematical Sciences
Grade 7:  £37,099 – £44,263 each year
Fastened Time period  Full Time
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date
: 14-Jan-2024, 6:59:00 PM
Disclosure and Barring Service Requirement: Not Relevant. 

Working at Durham College  

A globally excellent centre of instructing and analysis excellence, a heat and pleasant place to work, a novel and historic setting – Durham is a college like no different.

As one of many UK’s main universities, Durham is an unimaginable place to outline your profession. The College is situated inside a lovely historic metropolis, residence to a UNESCO World Heritage Web site, and surrounded by beautiful countryside. Our gifted students and researchers from all over the world are tackling international points and making a distinction to folks’s lives.  

We imagine that inspiring our folks to do excellent issues at Durham allows Durham folks to do excellent issues on this planet. Being part of Durham is about extra than simply the success of the College, it’s additionally about contributing to the success of town, county and neighborhood.

Our College Technique is constructed on three pillars of analysis, schooling and wider scholar expertise, but in addition on our eager sense of neighborhood and of inspiring others to attain their potential. 

Our Function and Values

We would like our College to be a spot the place folks might be free to be themselves, it doesn’t matter what their identification or background. Collectively, we have a good time distinction, worth each other and are every answerable for creating an inclusive neighborhood that’s respectful and honest for all.

Discover out extra about the advantages of working on the College and what it’s prefer to dwell and work within the Durham space on our Why Durham? data web page.   

The Function and Division

The Division of Mathematical Sciences is without doubt one of the UK’s greatest arithmetic departments with an excellent popularity in instructing, analysis and employability of our college students. It has an energetic programme of internationally recognised analysis in Pure and Utilized Arithmetic. The analysis tradition is vibrant, with many guests, seminars, worldwide conferences and workshops. We intention to offer a supportive and pleasant surroundings with a robust sense of neighborhood. The Division, which at the moment has 115 everlasting members of employees, is about to develop considerably over the following ten years.

The Division holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award. Athena SWAN is a nationwide initiative that recognises the development of gender equality, illustration, development and success for all in academia. The Division additionally helps the London Mathematical Society Good Follow Scheme, whose intention is to help arithmetic departments to embed equal alternatives for ladies inside their working practices.

Durham College is dedicated to the Concordat to help the profession growth of researchers. For additional data please go to the Analysis Workers internet pages on .

The Function

Purposes are invited for a Postdoctoral Analysis Affiliate in Likelihood Idea with explicit emphasis in statistical mechanics, random conformal geometry and/or branching processes. The profitable candidate shall be engaged on initiatives associated to the analysis grant “important techniques in random geometry”, by means of which the place is funded. The profitable candidate may even have time to develop their very own analysis programme and to collaborate with different folks.  Durham has a very robust profile in chance (group webpage ) and theoretical physics (group webpage ). 

This publish is fastened time period for twenty-four months, as prescribed by the grant funding.

The popular beginning date could be between 1st December 2023 and 1st August 2024, by settlement.

There’s ample journey funding and there are not any instructing duties.

Key duties:

  • To conduct particular person and collaborative analysis initiatives underneath the path of the Principal Investigator (Dr Ellen Powell).
  • To grasp and convey materials of a specialist or extremely technical nature by means of displays and discussions throughout the analysis group.
  • To current work at seminars, each internally and externally, and at worldwide conferences.
  • To publish top quality outputs, together with papers for submission to see reviewed journals and open entry digital archives.
  • To organize and ship displays on analysis outputs/actions to audiences which can embody: analysis sponsors, educational and non-academic audiences.
  • To help with the event of analysis aims and proposals.
  • To work with the Principal Investigator and different colleagues within the analysis group, as applicable, to establish areas for analysis, develop new analysis strategies and prolong the analysis portfolio.
  • To help with the organisation of cross-disciplinary working/studying teams. 
  • To take care of issues which will have an effect on the achievement of analysis aims and deadlines by discussing with the Principal Investigator and providing inventive or modern options.
  • To liaise with analysis colleagues and make inner and exterior contacts to develop data and understanding to kind relationships for future analysis collaboration.
  • To be concerned in graduate scholar supervision, as applicable, particularly by means of analysis group seminars and discussions.
  • To have interaction in wider citizenship to help the division and wider self-discipline, reminiscent of peer reviewing for journals.
  • To plan and handle personal analysis exercise, analysis assets in collaboration with others and contribute to the planning of analysis initiatives.
  • To contribute to fostering a collegial and respectful working surroundings which is inclusive and welcoming and the place everyone seems to be handled pretty with dignity and respect.

This publish is fastened time period because of the funding being out there from 1 Aug 2022 – 31 July 2026; the venture is time restricted.

The post-holder is employed to work on a analysis venture which shall be led by one other colleague. While because of this the post-holder won’t be finishing up unbiased analysis in his/her personal proper, the expectation is that they may contribute to the development of the venture, by means of the event of their very own analysis concepts/adaptation and growth of analysis protocols.

Profitable candidates will, ideally, be in publish by 1st August 2024

Working at Durham 

A aggressive wage is just one a part of the numerous implausible advantages you’ll obtain if you happen to be part of the College: additionally, you will obtain entry to the next implausible advantages:

  • 30 Days annual depart per 12 months along with 8 public holidays and 4 customary days per 12 months – a complete of 42 days per 12 months.  
  • The College closes between Christmas and New Yr.
  • We provide a beneficiant pension scheme, As a brand new member of employees you may be mechanically enrolled  into the College Superannuation Scheme (USS).
  • Irrespective of the way you journey to work, we have now you lined.  We’ve got parking throughout campus, a cycle to work scheme which lets you purchase a motorcycle and low cost with native bus and practice firms.
  • There’s a real dedication to growing our colleagues professionally and personally.  There’s a complete vary of growth programs, apprenticeships and entry to {qualifications} and routes to develop your profession within the College.  All employees have devoted annual time to focus on their private growth alternatives.
  • Numerous help for well being and wellbeing together with discounted membership for our cutting-edge sport and fitness center amenities and entry to a 24-7 Worker Help Programme.
  • On web site nursery is offered and kids’s golf equipment in the summertime holidays.
  • Household pleasant insurance policies, together with maternity and adoption depart, that are among the many most beneficiant within the greater schooling sector (and sure above and past many employers).
  • The chance to participate in employees volunteering actions to make a distinction in the area people
  • Reductions can be found through our advantages portal together with; cash off at supermarkets, excessive avenue retailers, IT merchandise reminiscent of Apple, the cinema and days out at numerous sights.
  • A wage sacrifice scheme can also be out there that can assist you make the most of tax financial savings on advantages.
  • In case you are transferring to Durham, we might help with removing prices and we have now a devoted staff who might help you with the practicalities reminiscent of home searching and faculties.  In the event you want a visa, we cowl most visa prices and supply an curiosity free mortgage scheme to pay for dependant visas.

Durham College is dedicated to equality, variety and inclusion

Equality, variety, and inclusion (EDI) are a key part of the College’s Technique and a central a part of every thing we do.  We additionally dwell by our Function and Values  and our Workers Code of Conduct.   At Durham we actively work in direction of offering an surroundings the place our employees and college students can research, work and dwell in a neighborhood which is supportive and inclusive. It’s vital to us that every one colleagues undertake actions which might be aligned to each our values and dedication to EDI. 

We welcome and encourage functions from those that are at the moment under-represented in our work drive, together with folks with disabilities and from racially minoritised ethnic teams.

When you’ve got taken a profession break or durations of depart which will have impacted on the quantity and recency of your analysis outputs and different actions, reminiscent of maternity, adoption or parental depart, chances are you’ll want to disclose this in your utility. The choice committee will take this under consideration when evaluating your utility.

The College has been awarded the Incapacity Assured Employer standing. In case you are a candidate with a incapacity, we’re dedicated to making sure honest remedy all through the recruitment course of. We’ll make changes to help the interview course of wherever it’s affordable to take action and, the place profitable, affordable changes shall be made to help folks inside their function. 

Contact Info 

Division contact for academic-related enquiries 

Dr Ellen Powell through electronic mail at [email protected]

Contact data for technical difficulties when submitting your utility 

In the event you encounter technical difficulties when utilizing the net utility kind, we desire you ship enquiries by electronic mail.  Please ship your identify together with a transient description of the issue you’re experiencing to [email protected]  

Alternatively, chances are you’ll name 0191 334 6801 from the UK, or +44 191 334 6801 from exterior the UK. This quantity operates in the course of the hours of 09.00 and 17.00 Monday to Friday, UK time.  We’ll usually reply inside one working day (Monday to Friday, excluding UK public holidays).  

College contact for common queries in regards to the recruitment course of 

When you’ve got any queries in regards to the common recruitment course of please contact the recruitment staff on [email protected]

Tips on how to Apply  

To progress to the evaluation stage, candidates should proof every of the important standards required for the function within the individual specification under. It is going to be on the discretion of the recruiting panel as to whether or not they may even think about any fascinating standards, however we’d urge candidates to offer proof for all standards.  

Whereas some standards shall be thought-about on the shortlisting stage, different standards could also be thought-about later within the evaluation course of, reminiscent of questions at interview.  

Submitting your utility 

We desire to obtain functions on-line.   We’ll replace you about your utility at numerous factors all through the choice course of, through automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please examine your spam/junk folder periodically to be sure to haven’t missed any of our updates.

What to Submit 

All candidates are requested to submit: 

  • A overlaying letter which particulars your expertise, strengths and potential within the necessities set out above. Please additionally point out in your cowl letter once you want to begin the place.
  • A analysis assertion detailing previous accomplishments and future aspirations of at most 5 pages, excluding references.
  • A full CV (together with a listing of publications and preprints).
  • Subsequent Steps 

    Shortlisted candidates shall be invited for interview remotely, the date is to be confirmed. 

    Within the occasion that you’re unable to attend in individual on the date supplied, it is probably not doable to give you an interview on another date. 

    Please be aware that in submitting your utility Durham College shall be processing your information. We might ask you to contemplate the related College Privateness Assertion which supplies data on the collation, storing and use of information.   

    When appointing to this function the College should make sure that it meets any relevant immigration necessities, together with wage thresholds that are relevant to some visas.

    Individual Specification 

    Important Standards:


  • A very good first diploma in arithmetic.
  • A PhD (or be near submission) in arithmetic or a associated topic.
  • Expertise

  • Expertise in conducting top quality educational analysis.
  • Demonstrable potential to put in writing materials of a high quality commensurate with publication in extremely ranked journals.
  • Demonstrable potential to current analysis papers at worldwide conferences and talk advanced data to specialists and throughout the wider educational neighborhood.
  • Expertise in analysis associated to at the very least one in all: statistical mechanics; random conformal geometry; branching processes.
  • Abilities

  • Demonstrable potential to work cooperatively as a part of a staff, together with taking part in analysis conferences.
  • Capacity to work independently on personal initiative and to strict deadlines.
  • Glorious interpersonal and communication expertise.
  • Fascinating Standards – 


  • Sturdy publication report in peer-reviewed journals, commensurate with stage of profession.
  • A observe report of presenting analysis at conferences, symposia, or conferences, commensurate with stage of profession.
  • Abilities

  • Demonstrable potential to plan and handle unbiased analysis.
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