Postdoctoral Research Associate

Updated: 24 days ago
Location: Edinburgh, SCOTLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 12 Mar 2020

The University of Edinburgh

Further Particulars

Job Details

Job title: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Optimization
School/Support Department: School of Mathematics
Line Manager: Professor Jacek Gondzio

Job Purpose

To undertake research in a specific area of large scale optimization in line with the School’s research strategy and to contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

Main Responsibilities
Approx. % of time

  • To undertake world leading research in large scale optimization 85
  • To contribute to teaching programmes within the discipline 10
  • To undertake development training as necessary 5
  • Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job)

    PhD in Mathematics, Optimization, or a related discipline (essential).
    Evidence of high quality research outputs (essential).
    Evidence of excellent programming skills (essential).
    Willingness to undertake teaching duties and training therein (essential).

    Key Contacts/Relationships

    Head of School and Professor Jacek Gondzio.
    Academic staff within the School.
    Professional Services staff within the School.
    Undergraduate and postgraduate students; postdoctoral colleagues.

    Postdoctoral Teaching in the School of Mathematics

    The School wishes postdocs to contribute to its teaching activities during their stay, and will seek to make teaching assignments that are beneficial in terms of career development and compatible with their research expertise.

    Teaching loads are typically agreed between the School and the postdoctoral position holder at the time of hiring. The standard expectation for a three-year postdoctoral position, such as this, is of the order of two one-semester courses or equivalent tutorial or project work. The School will provide suitable mentoring for postdoctoral position holder who teach.

    Application Procedure

    All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

    Only complete applications will be considered. Candidates should read the job description before writing their application. Please upload a CV, a research statement explaining how you meet the selection criteria and add contact details of at least two referees. Applicants are responsible for contacting their referees and making sure that their letters of recommendation are sent directly to [email protected] and received by the closing date.

    We anticipate interviews will be held on 16-17th March 2020. You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.
    The closing date is 5pm on 12th March 2020.

    Right to Work

    In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 and Immigration Act 2016 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

    To do so, the University requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

    For further information on right to work please visit our right to work webpage

    If you are from outside the EEA and not currently eligible to work in the UK, there are visa routes that may be available to you, for example:

  • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent): If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. This route requires you to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK). However, if you are applying for a senior academic role, e.g. Professor/Reader there is an accelerated route to endorsement. Further information can be found on the UKVI website
  • Tier 2: The University is a UKVI licensed sponsor and is able to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who are offered highly skilled roles and meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa).
  • Please note if you were last granted leave to stay in the UK in any Tier 2 category in the 12 months immediately preceding an application and the leave has
    • ended or expired.
    • the CoS which led to that grant of leave was issued for more than 3 months, and
    • you are either:
    o applying for entry clearance from outside the UK, or
    o you are in the UK and had a previous period of Tier 2 leave, but then changed (‘switched’) into a different immigration category and now wishes to apply again under Tier 2.
    You must wait 12 months before applying again.

    Further information about whether you require a visa and other visa routes can be found at:

    Conditions of Employment

    Pension Scheme

    This role is grade UE07 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

    For further information please visit our Pensions website .


    The role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary of £33,797 to £40,322 for full time hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

    The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

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