Vacancy reference
Salary range
£38,205 - £44,263 per annum
Appointment term
36 months / 3 years
Closing date


We are currently inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) to work with Professor Marc Lackenby at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford. This is a three-year, fixed-term position, funded by a research grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). We anticipate the starting date of this position to be 01 October 2024.

The successful candidate will work on low-dimensional topology/geometry. They will have the opportunity to develop their own research programme and to collaborate with Professor Lackenby on projects related to algorithms in low-dimensional topology. These projects have two main goals:

  1. The elucidation of the computational complexity of some fundamental decision problems in low-dimensional topology, such as the homeomorphism problem for 3-manifolds;
  2. The development of machine learning as a tool for pure mathematicians, specifically the development of new conjectures in low-dimensional topology/geometry.

We proudly hold a departmental Athena SWAN Silver Award and an institutional Race Equality Charter Bronze Award, which guide our progress toward advancing racial and gender equality. As part of our strategic aim to improve staff equality and diversity, we would particularly welcome applications from women and BME candidates, who are currently under-represented in positions of this type within the department.

Please direct informal enquiries to the Recruitment Coordinator (email: @email), quoting vacancy reference 168932.

Applicants will be selected for interview purely based on their ability to satisfy the selection criteria as outlined in full in the job description. You will be required to upload a statement setting out how you meet the selection criteria, a curriculum vitae including a full list of publications, a statement of research interests, and the contact details of two referees as part of your online application. (NOTE: Applicants are responsible for contacting their referees and making sure that their letters are received by the closing date).

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. To apply for this vacancy and for further information, including a job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below:    

Only applications received before 12.00 noon UK time on Friday 24 November 2023 can be considered. 

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