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Simons Postdoctoral Fellowships in Mathematics

Closing date: 11/12/2022
Salary: £34,308 – £42,155
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The Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences (INI) invites applications for up to six INI-Simons Postdoctoral Fellowships in Mathematics.

This Scheme has been established with the help of a generous grant from the Simons Foundation to enable exceptional early career researchers in the mathematical sciences to gain experience, independence and new connections, and hence assist them during the present difficult situation of COVID-19 on their way to a successful academic career.

These prestigious one-year fellowships will see the successful candidates spending
4-6 months participating in one of the following INI programmes:

– Rich and Nonlinear Tomography – a multidisciplinary approach (January – June 2023)
– Mathematical theory and applications of multiple wave scattering (January – June 2023)
– The mathematical and statistical foundation of future data-driven engineering (January – June 2023)
– New statistical physics in living matter: non equilibrium states under adaptive control (July – December 2023)
– Mathematics of movement an interdisciplinary approach to mutual challenges in animal ecology and cell biology (July – December 2023)
– Black holes: bridges between number theory and holographic quantum information (July – December 2023)
– New equivariant methods in algebraic and differential geometry (January – June 2024)
– Anti-diffusive dynamics: from sub-cellular to astrophysical scales (January – June 2024)

…with the remainder of the period spent within one of the University of Cambridge mathematics departments or within the mathematics department of another UK-based higher education institution.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in Mathematics or a related field upon taking up the Fellowship.

You must include in your application

  • A full CV;
  • A cover letter stating your proposed start and end dates, the INI programme that you intend participating in, the name, home institution and contact details of your intended supervisor for the period of the Fellowship not spent at INI;
  • A description of your recent and proposed workplan (at most 3 pages);
  • Statements of support from your proposed supervisor for the period not spent at INI and the Head of Department if that part of your Fellowship is to be spent outside Cambridge.

In addition to the statements of support identified above, the names and contact details of two academic referees are a necessary part of the submission. It would be helpful to allow contact with your referees prior to interview. Where possible, we suggest selecting the option ‘at any time during the process’.

Duties include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research projects. The role holder will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required. You must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. You may be invited to assist in the supervision of student projects, the development of student research skills, provide instruction or plan/deliver seminars relating to the research area.

The Fellowships will be held within the period Summer 2023 to Summer 2024. There can be flexibility surrounding the start/end dates in order to accommodate the timing of the academic year and the timing of the relevant INI programme. In your cover letter please indicate, with explanation, your preferred dates.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to INI’s Deputy Business and Operations Manager, Susan Gowans at

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

Please quote reference LN34079 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BAME background for these prestigious fellowships.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.


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