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Research Associate in Homogenisation of PDEs
Applications are invited for the position of a postdoctoral Research Associate in Homogenisation of PDEs in the School of Mathematics at Cardiff University. This is a 3-year fixed-term post starting on 1 November 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will work with Dr Mikhail Cherdantsev on the project “Stochastic homogenisation of high-contrast composites”, funded by a research grant from the Leverhulme Trust.
Understanding the properties of composites and search for novel materials is a major direction of research in science and industry. A particular interest attract composites that exhibit high-contrast between physical parameters of their constitutive materials. While high-contrast composites in the periodic setting are well understood through the theory of homogenisation, the stochastic high-contrast setting is virtually unexplored. Understanding the latter is important both theoretically and from the point of view of applications. The aim of this project is to develop a theory of high-contrast stochastic homogenisation with the focus on the spectral properties of the relevant operators.
Funds will be available for research travel and conference attendance.
The School of Mathematics at Cardiff University
The School of Mathematics is a research-led School at Cardiff University, one of the UK’s leading universities, with a reputation for internationally excellent research and high-quality teaching. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, REF 2014, Cardiff University was ranked 5th in the UK in terms of the grade point average of its overall quality profile. Staff in the School of Mathematics are actively involved in research in several areas of relevance to the project, including analysis of PDEs, homogenisation, spectral theory, stochastic problems. The School benefits from interactions with many other nearby mathematical hubs, including London, which is two hours from Cardiff by train.
Candidates with research expertise in PDEs, homogenisation, spectral theory and closely related areas of mathematics are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a record of or potential to produce research that reaches the highest standards of excellence in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
Candidates should have, or be close to completion of, a PhD in mathematics.
In their application, candidates should include a CV (including details of all publications, preprints and papers in preparation) and a short research statement.
This position is full-time, 35 hours per week, and is fixed-term for 36 months.
Salary: £33,199 – £39,609 per annum (Grade 6)
The post is available from 1 November 2019 or a mutually agreed date thereafter.
We particularly welcome applications from females as they are under-represented within Cardiff University in this field. Informal enquiries may be made by email to Dr Mikhail Cherdantsev at CherdantsevM@cardiff.ac.uk or Dr Federica Dragoni at DragoniF@cardiff.ac.uk
Closing date: Saturday 31st August 2019
Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.
Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.
To conduct research within the scope of the Leverhulme Trust funded project “Stochastic homogenisation of high-contrast composites” and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University, carrying out research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Qualifications and Education
Applications for the post will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.
School of Mathematics
The School of Mathematics is a research-led School in Cardiff University, one of the UK’s leading universities, with a reputation for internationally excellent research and high quality teaching. In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Cardiff University was ranked 5th in the UK in terms of the grade point average (GPA) of its overall quality profile.
The School has six main research groups: Applied and Computational Mathematics; GAPT: Geometry, Algebra, Mathematical Physics and Topology; Mathematical Analysis; Mathematics Education; Operational Research; and Statistics. We are an internationally recognised centre of excellence for research in the mathematical sciences. In REF 2014 the School was ranked joint 19th out of 53 submissions with a GPA of 3.08 in the Mathematical Sciences Unit of Assessment. All of the research submitted was rated at least ‘internationally recognised’ with 90% rated as either ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. A distinctive feature of the submission was that 100% of our research was rated as ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ for its impact in terms of its reach and significance. We have provided solutions to contemporary issues such as data security and hospital waiting times.
The School engages with industry, young people and the wider community to make our innovative research accessible to a wider audience. The School has a long-standing culture of applied research and direct engagement with a wide range of industrial, government and commercial organisations such as the NHS, Hewlett Packard and the Office for National Statistics.
The School is also part of formal collaborations inside Wales through the Wales Institute for Mathematical and Computational Sciences where Cardiff is the largest partner. More recently GW4, the Great Western 4 brings together the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.
The School offers a lively postgraduate environment, with a significant number of postgraduates working in its specialist areas. Undergraduate students are offered a wide choice of degree programmes, covering an extensive and exciting range of mathematics and its applications. All students join a thriving mathematical community where excellent facilities, tuition of the highest quality, and a friendly supporting environment may be enjoyed.
More details on the School can be found at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/maths/
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