Updated: over 1 year ago
Deadline: 01 Nov 2019

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Mathematics & Statistics / Centre for Quantum Topology and Its Applications (quanTA), University of Saskatchewan

Geometry and Topology of Quantum Matter and Quantum Integrability

Open Date: 2019/08/07

The Centre for Quantum Topology and Its Applications (quanTA) is an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Saskatchewan devoted to the mathematics and physics of novel quantum materials. The work performed at the Centre involves the mathematical underpinnings of quantum condensed matter, the discovery and computation of topological and geometric invariants associated to quantum materials, the solvability of many-body problems arising from realistic models of such materials, and approaches to simulating topological materials dynamically. We are seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Fellow to join our active research community with expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Geometry and topology of moduli spaces of solutions to nonlinear partial differential equations;
  • Integrable systems;
  • Computation and simulation related to quantum condensed matter physics and topological materials.

The successful candidate will be associated to quanTA and the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, and will work under the supervision of Dr. Steven Rayan and/or other members of quanTA. In addition to pursuing their own research program at the interface of geometry, integrability, and quantum matter, the successful candidate will be involved in the research programs of quanTA faculty members and will participate in interdisciplinary research seminars. Depending on the skills and interests of the applicant and the needs of the project(s), there will be opportunities to interact with, and develop resources related to, high-performance computing in the realm of topological materials. There is also the opportunity and funding for the candidate to assist in the supervision of undergraduate summer research students.

The Fellowship is expected to start by September 2020 and last for 2 years (with renewal after Year 1, contingent upon positive performance). The successful candidate will be required to teach 2 half-year mathematics courses per year at the undergraduate level. (In Year 2, there may be opportunities to teach at the upper-year undergraduate level and/or at the graduate level. Graduate instruction may be interdisciplinary in nature.)

The successful candidate will also be expected to travel for short periods to Edmonton, Alberta to work with members of our collaboration based at the University of Alberta. This travel will be funded by quanTA.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • PhD in mathematics, physics, or a related discipline obtained within the last 3 years* (and noting that the teaching will be in mathematics);
  • Strong background in geometry and topology as it applies to mathematical physics;
  • Programming skills in Python and a solid working knowledge of standard computer algebra packages.
  • Prior postdoctoral experience, experience with high-performance computing and simulation of quantum systems, and evidence of teaching success are optional, but will be considered favourably.

    * To be hired as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Saskatchewan, researchers must be within 5 years of the date at which they received their PhD. As such, a 2-year appointment as a Postdoctoral Fellow must commence no later than 3 years after receipt of the doctoral degree. There is a possible exception: should the successful candidate hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residency and should they exceed the 5-year limit at some point during the 2-year term, it may be possible to convert the position into a Research Associate position. (Such a conversion is not guaranteed at the outset.)


    The salary for the position will be a minimum of $55,000 CAD / year. The successful candidate will have their file fowarded to the PIMS Postdoctoral Fellowship competition. If successful, the salary may be as high as $65,000 CAD / year. (The position itself is not contingent upon success in the PIMS competition. If an applicant is considering applying independently to PIMS, they should indicate this in the cover letter for the application to our position.)

    Application Instructions:

    Applications are to be submitted online through MathJobs using the "Submit" link at the bottom of this advertisement. The required materials are listed below.

    Applications will be reviewed beginning in mid to late October. Decisions will be made by mid-November in order to meet the PIMS deadline.

    The University of Saskatchewan and Saskatoon:

    The University of Saskatchewan is situated in Treaty 6 territory and the Métis homeland and is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, a city of over 270,000 people with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community, and a full range of leisure opportunities. The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and scholarly activities and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of over 23,000.

    The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the University community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The University welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community.

    Required application material:  
    Cover Letter 
    Research Statement 
    Teaching Statement (optional) 
    Publication List 
    Three Reference Letters 
    Further information: Steven Rayan at rayan 'at' math.usask.ca (put "quanTA Postdoc Search" in subject line)
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