Research Associate in Geometry and Topology
The University of Sydney

The School of Mathematics and Statistics

Closing date: 17th January 2016

The University of Sydney is Australia's first university and has an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. It employs over 3400 academic staff, supporting over 52,000 students.

The School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney is a leading centre for mathematical research and education in Australia. The School attracts outstanding undergraduate students, including many who are particularly talented in the mathematical sciences, and has a large cohort of postgraduate research students. It regularly hosts overseas visitors and offers a diverse and world class research environment.

We currently seek a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in Geometry and Topology. The Australian Research Council has funded a research program into "Invariants, geometric and discrete structures on manifolds", through its Discovery Grant scheme, with the Chief Investigators Professor Hyam Rubinstein, Associate Professor Craig Hodgson (both at the University of Melbourne) and Dr Stephan Tillmann (University of Sydney). It is administered by the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney and is funded for the three year period 2016-2018.

In this role the candidate will:

  • undertake research in the areas of low dimensional topology and geometric structures, specific topics include:
    • structures with good geometric properties on 3- and 4-manifolds
    • invariants from triangulations of 3-manifolds using quantum topology
    • polyhedral metrics of non-positive curvature on n-manifolds
    • combinatorial decompositions using multisections
  • participate in all aspects of the project, as well as presenting research results at seminars and conferences
  • be part of the research team
  • and write scholarly papers for publication in academic journals.

To qualify for this position, the candidate will need to demonstrate:

  • a PhD in mathematics
  • a publication record in geometry and topology.

The position is full-time fixed-term for three years subject to completion of a satisfactory probation and confirmation period for new appointees. It carries a light teaching load (approximately 26 hours of lectures per year and the equivalent of 24 hours of tutorials per year). Visa sponsorship and some assistance towards travelling cost may be available if required.

If appointed, you will be based at the University of Sydney, and regular visits to the University of Melbourne are required to work with Professor Hyam Rubinstein and Associate Professor Craig Hodgson during the project.

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