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Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Department: School of Mathematical Sciences
Salary: £42,405 per annum (If appointed in Lieu of PhD, salary start will be Grade 4 £36,572 per annum until PhD is awarded). (Grade 5)
Reference: 2406
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 23 May 2024
Closing date: 30 June 2024

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About the Role

We invite applications for the position of Postdoctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) in the School of Mathematical Sciences. The successful applicant will work in close collaboration with Dr. Omer Bobrowski on the project “Topological Phase Transitions in Stochastic Geometry”, funded by the EPSRC. The main goal of this project is to study the probabilistic behaviour of random high-dimensional structures, focusing on phase transitions (sharp changes) related to their topology. The phenomena studied serve both as high-dimensional generalisations for well-known phenomena in random graphs and stochastic geometry, and as means to develop insight into statistical and computational challenges in topological analysis of data analysis (TDA).

The successful applicant will have, or be about to obtain, a PhD degree in mathematics, or equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience. Applicants should have research experience in a field closely related to probability theory and/or applied topology, plus experience in writing high quality research papers, with expertise in at least one of the areas: machine learning, applied topology, and/or probability theory.

About the School

The School has an exceptionally strong research presence across the spectrum of Mathematical Sciences. It is part of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, which comprises five schools and two institutes. The Faculty’s student population has grown in recent years within the UK and overseas, and its research profile has strengthened considerably.

This position is based in the Centre for Data Science, Statistics and Probability. Other Centres include the Centre for Combinatorics, Algebra & Number Theory, the Centre for Geometry, Analysis and Gravitation, the Centre for Dynamical Systems, Statistical Physics and Complex Systems, and the Centre for Mathematical Education.

The School comprises 85 academic staff, 16 research assistants and 14 members of professional services staff. The School is home to around 80 PhD students, and approximately 1,000 undergraduates and 100 master level students. 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

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 and strongly encourage applications from female applicants. Please visit for information about the School and our family friendly and parental leave polices.


We offer access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ annual leave, a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. Additionally, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at our Mile End Campus. It is a full-time 2-year fixed-term appointment, with an expected start in September 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. Salary will be Grade 5 point 31, £42,405 per annum inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.



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