Research Associate

Dr Norbert Peyerimhoff
Durham University, UK
Job Description: 

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Durham University invites applications for a postdoctoral position, to begin in October 2013 for a 36 month period. The position is funded by an EPSRC grant entitled 'Topology, geometry and Laplacians of simplicial complexes', which is a joint project between pure mathematicians and theoretically oriented computer scientists. Candidates with research interests in discrete geometry, geometry and analysis on groups, or topology are encouraged to apply. The researcher will work independently on projects within the general area of research supported by the grant, as well as on specific projects in collaborations with the grant holders.

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Contact for informal enquiries:

Dr Norbert Peyerimhoff
0191 3343114

Dr Alina Vdovina
0191 2227314


The postholder will

Play an active role in identifying suitable directions, within the broad framework of the grant, to best advance the overall research programme.

Carry out first class research and present his/her work at seminars, both internally and externally, and at international conferences, and will publish results in international scientific journals and open access electronic archives.

Conduct individual and collaborative research projects.

Use initiative and creativity to identify areas for research, develop new research methods and extend the research portfolio.

Liaise with research colleagues in both pure mathematics and theoretical computer science and make internal and external contacts to develop knowledge and understanding to form relationships for future research collaboration.

Plan and manage their own research activity, research resources in collaboration with others and contribute to the planning of research projects.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

PhD, or completed PhD at the start of the grant, in Pure Mathematics.

Excellent background in Pure Mathematics.

Ability to conduct independent research.

Ability to use initiative and creativity to identify areas for research.

Ability to develop research objectives and to use new research techniques and methods.

Ability to present and exchange ideas in a team.

Ability to write research papers, and to present research results at international conferences.

Desirable Criteria

Research expertise in one of the areas of geometry and analysis on groups, discrete geometry, or topology.

Ability to interact scientifically with both pure mathematicians and theoretical computer scientists.

Applications from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University, are particularly encouraged.

Additional Information

Durham University is committed to the Concordat to support the career development of researchers. For further information please visit the Research Staff web pages on

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University.

Job Categories: 
Postdoctoral fellowships
Topology, Geometry and Analysis on Groups, Laplacians, Simplicial Complexes
Deadline for Application: 
May 28 2013