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THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
PARTICULARS OF APPOINTMENT
Lectureships in the School of Mathematics Ref: EPS/071/07
The University invites applications for the above posts.
Salary will be within the range £25,889 to £31,840 per annum according to relevant experience and qualifications.
Informal enquiries may be made to Professor P Glendinning, tel: +44(0)161-275-5893, e-mail: p.a.glendinning@manchester. ac.uk),
Applications should be returned by 30 April 2007 to:
The Directorate of Human Resources
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
The University of Manchester
P.O Box 88
Sackville Street
Manchester
M60 1QD
Or by email to: eps-hr@manchester.ac.uk
If you have not been contacted by 31 May 2007 you should assume that, on this occasion, your application has not been successful. We would, however, like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in The University of Manchester, and we hope that this will not deter you from applying for other positions in the future.
WITH THE COMPLIMENTS OF THE DIRECTORATE OF HUMAN RESOURCES
COPY OF THE ADVERTISEMENT
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
FACULTY OF ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES
Lectureships in the School of Mathematics
(REF EPS/071/07)
Salary £25,889 - £31,840 p.a.
Applications are invited for lectureships in the School of Mathematics to start in September 2007. These posts are designed to strengthen the School's research profile. In Pure Mathematics, following the appointment of Prof A Wilkie FRS to the Fielden Chair, we are seeking to further develop the logic group by an appointment in Model Theory, especially in its applications to Analysis and/or Algebra. In Applied Mathematics we are seeking to appoint in any area, and particularly in Continuum Mechanics, Inverse Problems or Financial Mathematics. In Probability and Statistics we would like to appoint researchers, particularly in probability, able to contribute to teaching in Financial Mathematics and fit in with the interests of the current group.
Application forms and further particulars are available from our website www.manchester.ac.uk/jobs
If you are unable to go online you can request a hard copy of the details from The Directorate of Human Resources, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Tel: +44 (0) 161 275 8837, email: eps-hr@manchester.ac.uk
Closing date: 30 April 2007. Please quote reference EPS/071/07.
The University will actively foster a culture of inclusion and diversity and will seek to achieve true equality of opportunity for all members of its community.
FURTHER PARTICULARS
Lectureships in the School of Mathematics
Applications are invited for lectureships in School of Mathematics at the University of Manchester to start in September 2007. Applications can be from mathematicians holding a PhD in any area of Mathematics. We would encourage applications which strengthen our current research portfolio, and particularly
in pure mathematics: following the appointment of Prof Alex Wilkie FRS to the Fielden Chair in the School, a researcher with achievements in Model Theory and especially its applications to Analysis and/or Algebra;
in applied mathematics: researchers in any area which strengthens the current groups, and particularly in Continuum Mechanics, Inverse Problems and Financial Mathematics;
in probability and statistics: researchers, particularly in probability, able to contribute to teaching in Financial Mathematics and who fit in with the research interests of the group.
The University of Manchester
The University of Manchester (http://www.manchester.ac.uk/) is the largest campus university in the United Kingdom being situated within an easy walking distance of the city centre. It formally came into existence in October 2004 from the union of the Victoria University of Manchester (VUM) and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). The constituent Universities have a distinguished record of scientific achievement. Highlights are the splitting of the atom by Rutherford, the operation of the world's first stored-program computer in 1948, and the building of the world's largest steerable radio-telescope (Jodrell Bank). The Victoria University of Manchester traces its roots back to 1851, when it was established as Owens College; UMIST has an even longer history, having been established as the Manchester Mechanics' Institute in 1824. The University of Manchester has four Faculties: Engineering and Physical Sciences, Humanities, Medical and Human Sciences, and Life Sciences.
School of Mathematics
The School of Mathematics (http://www.maths.manchester.ac.uk) has been formed in October 2004 as the result of the merger of the two Departments of Mathematics in the VUM and UMIST. The School has a high international profile and excellent staff many of whom are international leaders in their field. The research strengths of the School form a continuous spectrum covering the following areas of sustainable world-class excellence: Mathematical Logic, Algebra and Number Theory, Topology and Geometry, Analysis and Operator Algebras, Dynamical Systems, Continuum Mechanics, Industrial Mathematics, Probability, Statistics, and Numerical Analysis. The School has considerable expertise in interdisciplinary and applied research (Physics, Biosciences, Optometry, Computer Science, Engineering, Business, Medicine) and in work for industry.
The new School will be fully co-located in a new state-of-the-art building in 2007. A range of activities have taken place that will support a new School equivalent in size to the previous two departments allowing also for further growth.
The School has excellent computer facilities including Computing Laboratories and Workstations. The School has site licenses of SAS, S-PLUS, MINITAB, SPSS, MATHEMATICA, MATLAB, FORTRAN, C++, etc.
The number of permanent academic staff in the School is about 75 which includes 24 professors. In addition there are around 10 research assistants and research fellows. The activities are supported by 14 secretarial and administrative staff, 4 computer officers and technical staff. The School has a total undergraduate population of about 1000 students including both single honours and joint honours students. It also provides over 200 FTEs of mathematics service teaching to science and engineering students. The School has about 100 students registered on 6 MSc programmes and 80 postgraduate research students.
Currently, for managerial purposes, the School is split into the traditional three groups of Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Probability and Statistics. Many activities are organised at the group level.
Pure Mathematics Group
There are currently 26 permanent academic members of staff who work in the Pure Mathematics Group. The group is led by Professor M Prest and includes Professor M J Taylor whose work in algebraic number theory has been recognised by his election to a Fellowship of the Royal Society and recently by a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award, Professor V Buchstaber who has recently been elected a Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and we will be joined in September by Professor Alex Wilkie FRS who will strengthen our Mathematical Logic group. Other senior members include Professors P H Aczel (joint with Computer Science), A V Borovik, R J Plymen, J Paris, A A Premet, N Ray, P J Rowley, R Sharp, R Stohr and P Symonds. The group has international expertise in a number of areas of algebra, analysis, topology, geometry and mathematical logic, including group theory, representation theory, Lie theory, number theory, operator algebras, ergodic theory and dynamical systems, homotopy theory, toric geometry, differential geometry and physics, model theory, uncertain reasoning. Pure Mathematics at Manchester has had an illustrious past, counting such famous names as Adams, Davenport, Erdos, Mahler, Mordell, Newman and Turing.
Probability and Statistics Group
There are currently 14 permanent academic members of staff including Professors R A Doney, J Pan, G Peskir, T Subba Rao and T Zhang. The group is presently led by Professor G Peskir who joined the group in September 2005. The new appointee to a Lectureship in Probability E Ekstrom also joined the group in September 2005, and the new appointee to a Senior Lectureship in Statistics S Nadarajah joined the group in September 2006. Yet another appointee to a Senior Lectureship in Statistics (A Donev) will join the group in September 2007. The Probability subgroup has a research activity that was flagged as being of 5* in RAE 2001, and the Statistics subgroup has a strong international reputation in Time Series and an excellent research profile in Statistical Modelling with biological and medical applications. The group has currently 28 PhD students in Probability and Statistics. The group runs two highly successful MSc programmes in Financial Mathematics (jointly with the Applied Mathematics Group and the Manchester Business School) with a current enrolment of 33 students. The group also runs a highly successful MSc programme in Statistics with a current enrolment of 12 students. The group has major international collaborations with many universities worldwide as well as a number of national academic institutions. It also has interdisciplinary collaborations locally in Manchester with the Manchester Business School, the Biostatistics Group at the Manchester Medical School, the Manchester Royal Infirmary Hospital, and the Manchester Social Science School. Current active areas of research include: Brownian motion and diffusion processes; the theory of random walks and Levy processes; Markov, branching and point processes; random fields; Dirichlet forms; stochastic analysis; stochastic differential equations; stochastic partial differential equations; stochastic calculus; optimal stopping; optimal stochastic control; financial mathematics; non-linear and non-stationary time series models; epidemics models; wavelet analysis; prediction theory; image analysis; density estimation; re-sampling techniques; and medical statistics. Probability and Statistics have a long and distinguished history at Manchester, including such well known names as Bartlett, Cane, Gani, Papangelou, Parthasarathy and Whittle.
Applied Mathematics Group
There are currently 29 permanent academic members of staff who work in the Applied Mathematics Group. The group is led by Professor I D Abrahams. Other senior members of the group include Professors D S Broomhead, J W Dold, P W Duck, S Fedotov, P A Glendinning, N Gray, M Heil, N J Higham (who currently holds a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award), W R B Lionheart, A I Ruban and D J Silvester. Manchester has always undertaken leading edge research in Applied Mathematics, with notable contributions from Reynolds, Lamb, Chapman, Milne, Goldstein, Lighthill, Ursell and Bullough.
Members of the group collaborate widely with researchers in Europe, the USA, Japan, Australia, Israel and Brazil. The group is engaged in a number of active research programmes which are run in collaboration with other departments. At Manchester these include the Departments of Optometry and Neurosciences, Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Electronics, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Chemical Engineering, as well as with groups in Sheffield, Leeds, Warwick, Oxford, Cambridge and several other universities within Britain. A strong profile has been established in a number of areas of applied mathematical research, including biomathematics, continuum mechanics incorporating waves and high speed aerodynamics, combustion theory, dynamical systems, granular materials, geophysical flow and numerical analysis. Growing areas of research are in industrial mathematics including financial mathematics and inverse problems. Much of this work is undertaken in collaboration with industrial and other partners around the world including Astra Zeneca, Corus, DLR DSTL, Germany, HP, ICI, MathWorks, NAG, NASA, Philips, QinteQ, Rolls Royce, Thales, USAF, US Army, and UTRC. The Manchester Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics (MCND) is run by the group in collaboration with Physics; work carried out under its auspices involves a unique blend of analytical, computational and especially experimental approaches to studying fundamental questions on fluid stability, granular flows and properties of liquid crystals.
Manchester Institute of Mathematical Sciences
Most research activities and postgraduate studies at the School of Mathematics is concentrated in the Manchester Institute of Mathematical Sciences (MIMS) which acts as a hub of interdisciplinary collaboration and dissemination of Mathematics. It also serves as the umbrella for more specialised Mathematics Research Centres (such as the existing Manchester Centre for Computational Mathematics and the Alan Turing Institute, which focus on industrial collaborations, as well as the proposed Manchester Centre of Probability and Statistics) and also for collaboration with other interdisciplinary research centres such as the Manchester Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics (Professor T Mullin in Physics) and the Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre (various collaborators include work on the UK Biobank). Playing the role of the regional centre for day-to-day mathematics-related activities in the North West of England (seminar series, etc.), MIMS also aspires to reach high international visibility by hosting international conferences and attracting long-term visitors of high international status. MIMS will be co-located with the School of Mathematics, creating a supportive research environment for staff of the School, postgraduate students and visitors.
Job Description
The appointee's primary duties will lie in teaching and research.
Teaching
With respect to the general area of mathematics the appointee will
teach undergraduate and postgraduate students by means of lectures, seminars, tutorials and examples classes, assuming responsibility for courses where appropriate, and liaising with other academic and support staff as necessary;
supervise undergraduate projects as required by the Head of Group;
set and mark assessment assignments and examination papers in accordance with the School's agreed procedures;
continue to develop teaching material and learning experiences for students in the light of current educational practice, in particular by attending the University's training course for newly appointed lecturers if needed;
participate in the planning and development of courses within the framework of School and Faculty committees;
act as personal tutor to undergraduate students in accordance with the School's current practice;
undertake those administrative duties as assigned by the Head of School.
Research
Within his/her area of specialisation, the appointee will seek to enhance the international reputation of the School by
undertaking research of high quality, in collaboration with colleagues in the University of Manchester and other institutions as appropriate, and publishing the results in world leading journals, books or similar organs;
attending relevant conferences and workshops, presenting papers, and disseminating recent research results whenever possible;
making applications for research grants and funding from relevant bodies (such as EPSRC, the LMS, the Royal Society);
seeking to attract and supervise postgraduate research students and research associates/assistants;
engaging with industrial partners and knowledge transfer, where appropriate;
enhancing the RAE submission of the School.
Person Specification
It is essential that the individual appointed should:
Have a PhD in mathematics
be an internationally recognised researcher in a relevant area of mathematics or, if at the earlier stages of the career, show exceptional promise and ability;
have a record of original high impact research that has won international recognition, as evidenced by publications in internationally-leading journals;
have the ability to make a significant contribution to the School's research activities; have the potential to apply successfully for research grants;
be willing and able to supervise postgraduate research students;
be willing and able to supervise taught postgraduate dissertations where appropriate;
have the potential to design, and be willing and able to deliver and assess appropriate taught course units at undergraduate and postgraduate level;
be prepared to take on such managerial and administrative tasks as requested by the Head of Group or the Head of School of Mathematics.