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Deadline: 2016-09-01
Location: London

Lecturer in General Relativity, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Queen Mary is one of London and the UK’s leading research-focused universities. With over 20,000 students, it is amongst the largest of the colleges of the University of London. Queen Mary’s 4,000 staff teach and research across a wide range of subjects in Science and Engineering, the Humanities, Social Sciences and Laws, and Medicine and Dentistry.

The School of Mathematical Sciences has an exceptionally strong research presence across the spectrum of areas within Pure and Applied Mathematics, and is currently organised into six research groups, namely: Algebra, Combinatorics, Complex Systems and Networks, Dynamical Systems and Statistical Physics, Geometry and Analysis, and Probability and Applications. The School also has large and popular undergraduate and graduate programmes.

It is a strategic aim of the School to expand its research profile in the direction of General Relativity, with a strong computational component. To attain this goal, the School is committing considerable resources to the development of a strong group of academics and researchers, at different stages of their careers, with a core interest in numerical and mathematical aspects of general relativity. Within this framework, a new position, with broad yet complementary scope, is opened.

About the role

Applications are invited for a Lectureship in General Relativity. We are seeking to appoint in an area of numerical general relativity with applications to gravitational waves. This includes (but not limited to) simulations of black hole binaries, with or without accretion disks, neutron stars, supernovae explosions, relativistic hydrodynamics and closely related fields such as post-Newtonian expansions, self-force calculations and gravitational collapse among others. Having some form of connection with the LIGO or eLISA collaborations may be considered as an advantage. The successful candidate will have an excellent research profile in numerical general relativity and will be expected to contribute to the development of a research platform in computational mathematics in the School. The successful candidate will also have the ability and flexibility to teach across a range of topics related to computational aspects of Mathematics such as numerical solutions of PDEs and programming at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Outstanding candidates in the general area of general relativity will also be considered, including those whose research background does not tightly match the description above.

The School and Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science

The School holds a departmental Bronze Athena SWAN Award and is a registered supporter of the LMS Good Practice scheme. We are committed to the equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers. We have policies to support staff returning from long-term absence, for flexible arrangements for staff with parental responsibilities and for child-care support for the attendance of conferences. As part of the School’s commitment to the Athena SWAN and the LMS Good Practice principles we strongly encourage applications from women.

Please visit www.maths.qmul.ac.uk for information about the School and www.maths.qmul.ac.uk/equality/athena-swan for our family friendly policies and parental leave.

Pay and Benefits

The post is full-time and permanent. Starting salary will be in the range GBP 39,745 – GBP 49,486, inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, childcare vouchers scheme, defined benefit pension scheme and interest free season ticket loan. The successful candidate will be expected to start the post as soon as possible.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr. Pau Figueras (p.figueras[AT]qmul.ac.uk).

Please ensure you include with your application a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a teaching statement and a research statement.

The closing date for applications Thursday 1 September 2016

Interviews are expected to be held on Tuesday 27 September 2016.

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