Postdoctoral Research Fellow
The University of Newcastle

Priority Research Centre Computer Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications

Closing date: 21st July 2015

About The University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle is one of Australia's leading universities with exceptional achievement in research and an international reputation for innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

About the Project

Symmetry is treated mathematically through the algebraic concept of a group. Conversely, geometric representations play a crucial role in group theory. Many classes of groups, such as the connected groups that arise in physics, have useful geometric representations, but such a representation is lacking in the case of general disconnected groups. Certain disconnected groups, closely related in algebraic terms to the connected ones, do have a geometric representation called a 'building'. This project aims to address the lack of a representation for general disconnected groups by extending the notion of a building to create combinatorial structures on which these groups act as symmetries.

About the Role

As the Postdoctoral Research Fellow you will add value to the project by using your expertise in the areas of incidence geometries and semigroups to find geometric encodings of algebraic structures. Initially research will be in collaboration with the Chief Investigators but it is expected to become more independent over time.

The successful candidate will be a member of the Priority Research Centre Computer Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications (CARMA) and will be encouraged and provided with support to apply for a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).

The opportunity to obtain teaching experience may also be offered to the right candidate.

Skills and Experience

  • A PhD in mathematics;
  • Knowledge of a branch of algebra relevant to the project such as incidence geometries or semigroups;
  • Demonstrated ability to write research articles for publication;
  • Ability to conduct research as part of a team and independently;
  • Good communication skills.

Please note: In accordance with the University's Staff Selection Guidelines, your application will be assessed on the selection criteria found at the link below. It is essential that you address each criterion to enable the selection committee to properly assess your application and suitability for interview.

Academic Level A - $79,541 to $85,382 per annum, plus a an employer superannuation contribution of 9.5%

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