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Lectureships in the School of Mathematics Ref: EPS/071/07

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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.

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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

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.


With respect to the general area of mathematics the appointee will


Within his/her area of specialisation, the appointee will seek to enhance the international reputation of the School by

Person Specification

It is essential that the individual appointed should: