Vacancies in the School of Mathematics

Research Associate/ Senior Research Associate

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position based in the Schools of Earth Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Bristol. The RA position will conduct fundamental research to underpin the application of predictive models to flash flood and mudflow hazard and risk. This will include: (i) mathematical modelling of the initiation of sediment flows from rainfall in arid and urban environments; (ii) mathematical modelling of fluid-structure and suspended solid-structure interaction to identify and quantify the dominant damage mechanisms; (iii) mathematical modelling of the flow around deflecting dams and through porous nets to inform strategies for constructing and maintaining these structures; (iv) developing effective strategies for running a dynamic sediment flow hazard model at high resolution in urban environments. 

The successful candidate will have a strong mathematical and physical science background. Essential attributes are a PhD in mathematical modelling or relevant physical science, applied to environmental processes, to be proficient in the use and development of numerical strategies for integrating mathematical models, and experience of knowledge exchange with key stakeholders and end-users of research.

The University of Bristol welcomes applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

Further information and application.

Research Associate/Senior Research Associate in Quantum Computing Theory

Please Note: This is a “rolling advert” with a nominal close date only. Applications are welcome at any time and the timing of the selection process will be dependent on the applications received.

Applications are invited for a number of open postdoctoral research associate (PDRA)/senior research associate positions in the theory of quantum computation, tenable from a date to be agreed. 

Areas of particular interest include, but are not restricted to: quantum algorithms and their underpinning mathematics; architectures for quantum computers; applications of quantum computers; quantum computational complexity and Hamiltonian complexity; algorithms for simulation of quantum systems; and verification/testing of quantum devices.

Full job specification and application.


Applications are invited for a self-employed artist / creative to work on a fully funded project in the School of Mathematics on a part-time basis, during the first two terms of the academic year 2020-21. The successful applicant will work alongside world-leading mathematicians to produce collaborative artworks inspired by current research and engage the public on topics explored during the residency.

The six-month residency is a partnership with CREATE-REACT-an organisation that pairs artists and scientists together to foster interdisciplinary art collaborations. It is envisaged that theresident artist will work three days per weekon a flexible basis,inside the mathematics department to developworking relationships with research staff that spin-off into creative projects led by the artist and inspired by mathematical ideas.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a substantial and serious body of prior work and have a clear vision of how their practice would benefit from working with research mathematicians. They should have experience working as a professional artist / creative, preferably including successful delivery of commissioned work or previous residencies.

Full job descritpion and details are available on the job application document:

Artist in residence (PDF, 80kB)


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