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Centre for Discrete Mathematics and its Applications

The Centre for Discrete Mathematics and its Applications (DIMAP) has been established in March 2007 by the University of Warwick, partially funded by an EPSRC Science and Innovation Award EP/D063191/1 of £3.8 million. The Centre builds on a collaboration among

The DIMAP is co-located in the adjacent new Computer Science and Mathematics buildings and it is directed by a Management Board led by Prof. Artur Czumaj, with the advice on scientific direction from the DIMAP Advisory Board.

Vision for the Centre

DIMAP is a multidisciplinary research centre supporting an internationally competitive programme of research in discrete modelling, algorithmic analysis, and combinatorial (discrete) optimisation. It aims to support a thriving Industrial Affiliates Programme, and develop collaborative research rooted in discrete mathematics, involving researchers at other UK universities. The Centre also contributes to the development of undergraduate modules and taught postgraduate modules within degrees offered by the participating departments. With a number of internationally renowned researchers, an extensive programme of scientific seminars (including Combinatorics Seminar), international workshops and visiting researchers, and a multidisciplinary angle, DIMAP is one of the leading international research centres in discrete mathematics and its applications in computer science and operational research.

New positions

  • NEW!Postdoc position on dynamic algorithms (closing date: October 6, 2019). A postdoctoral research fellow position in the area of dynamic algorithms is available for 2 years. The start date can be negotiated for the successful candidate. The position is available in connection with an EPSRC research grant of Dr Sayan Bhattacharya. The successful candidate will need to have a strong background in theoretical computer science, with a specialization either in dynamic algorithms or in releated areas such as approximation, online, distributed, streaming and FPT algorithms. If you are interested in this position, please submit a formal application by October 6, 2019 at this webpage. Please feel free to email Dr Bhattacharya for any further queries.
  • NEW!Full Professor post on the interface of Computer Science and Mathematics (closing date: September 1, 2019).
    The Department of Computer Science and the Department of Mathematics invite applications for a Professor post in the DIMAP area, in the areas of Discrete Mathematics, Algorithms and Complexity, Theoretical Computer Science, or in relevant areas on the interface of Computer Science and Mathematics.
    Candidates should have an internationally leading research profile and be able to provide academic leadership.
    Informal enquires can be addressed to Professor Ranko Lazic (R dot S dot Lazic at warwick dot ac dot uk, Head of Computer Science), Professor John Greenlees (John dot Greenlees at warwick dot ac dot uk, Head of Mathematics), or Professor Artur Czumaj (A dot Czumaj at warwick dot ac dot uk, Head of DIMAP).
    Closing date: September 1, 2019.
    To apply, please follow the instructions at

  • Fellowship opportunities: If you would like to apply for a research fellowship to be held at DIMAP, please contact us in plenty of time about the application. There are several (very) competitive Fellowship schemes to support talented researchers (some restricted to people who do not currently have a permanent UK position) for periods of 1 - 5 years. These are offered for example by the EPSRC, the Royal Society and by the EU/ERC. All provide a full salary plus support for travel, computing, etc; some, as described below, offer funding for a research team. The person who wishes to hold the Fellowship applies via a nominated host institution (which need not be their current home institution, and some schemes actively encourage or even demand mobility). DIMAP and Warwick have hosted many holders of such Fellowships. We welcome enquiries from anyone considering applying for such Fellowships nominating DIMAP and the University of Warwick as the host institution. Please either contact a relevant member of the academic staff, or email the DIMAP Director or the Head of the relevant Department (of Mathematics or Computer Science) giving brief details of the planned application. We need to know well in advance for administrative reasons, but we can also offer help in deciding which scheme is right for you and navigating through the financial and eligibility regulations etc.
    • Royal Society URFs (University Research Fellowships) (5 years funding) for researchers at the early / mid-stage career (3-8 years post-doc experience) who do not hold a permanent post or an early career fellowship in a university or a non-profit organisation. Holders of postdoctoral fellowships, such as Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellows, are eligible, as are Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellows, who meet the other eligibility criteria. Mobility is encouraged, but not compulsory. The Scheme is open to applicants of all nationalities and has an annual submission deadline in early September.
    • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships (2 years funding) No limit on post doc experience but mobility in terms of crossing a national boundary is essential: Researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the call deadline. Contact a member of staff to sponsor and work with you on your application. The annual submission deadline is early September. The current call is here, with deadline on September 11, 2019.
    • ERC Grants: EU European Research Council (ERC). Up to 5 years of funding for excellent researchers at various career stages. The schemes are open to researchers of any nationalities.
      • ERC Starting Grants: 2-7 years experience after PhD. Funding to establish your own research group, including PhD students and postdocs. Minimum time commitment: 50% of your working time. Annual deadlines in October.
      • ERC Consolidator Grants: 7-12 years experience after PhD. Funding a major programme of research to consolidate your independence. Minimum time commitment: 50% of your working time. Annual deadlines in February.
      • ERC Advanced Grants: Funding for leading researchers with a track record of major research achievements in the last 10 years to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk/high-reward projects. Minimum time commitment: 30% of your working time. Annual deadlines in August.
    • UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships: A new joint scheme by the new umbrella organisation of all UK Research Councils, providing long-term funding for exceptional early career researchers who wish to join the department from academia or industry. Please be aware that there is an internal sifting process involved, thus if you consider this option, it is vital that you contact DIMAP/the department at the earliest opportunity. For details and the next deadline please check the website.
    • Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships: 3 years funding for those with a UK degree (PhD at least submitted, but not more than 4 years postdoctoral experience), and/or a temporary academic position in the UK, and no permanent post. Annual deadline in March.
    • Newton International Fellowships: (2 years funding plus follow-up money for 10 years) for junior researchers (PhD or 1-2 postdoc positions). Only for people who are not UK citizens and who are not working in the UK already. Early contact between applicants and Warwick before application is essential. Check the Royal Society link for applicantions in particular areas from particular countries. Annual deadline in March.
    • Royal Society for the Exhibition of 1851, Research Fellowships (for 3 years). Must be within 3 years of completing a PhD. Annual deadline in Februrary.


DIMAP has appointed several internationally renowned researchers, including the following:

DIMAP has funded also several post-doc positions and PhD fellowships, with the appointments at the Department of Computer Science, the Warwick Mathematics Institute, and the Warwick Business School.

NEW!2018 Open Mind Prize awarded to a DIMAP researcher

The 2018 Open Mind Prize was awarded to Andrzej Grzesik, a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Computer Science and a member of the DIMAP centre. The Open Mind Prize is awarded biennially during the Polish Combinatorial Conference to a junior Polish researcher for outstanding research in combinatorics. Andrzej completed his PhD in 2015 at Jagiellonian University in Kraków and joined the University of Warwick in October 2017. His research achievements include solutions to two extremal graph theory problems posed by Erdős and a conjecture of Lovász concerning finitely forcible graph limits.

NEW!Advances in Combinatorics

Advances in Combinatorics is a new arXiv overlay combinatorial journal, which follows a model established by the journal Discrete Analysis for diamond open access. The journal has no printed copies; instead the journal provides links to the published versions of the articles to arXiv. The journal aims at providing a diamond open access alternative to the very top journals in combinatorics. The initial editorial board consists of Béla Bollobás, Reinhard Diestel, Timothy Gowers, Dan Král', Daniela Kühn, James Oxley, Bruce Reed, Gábor Sárközy, Asaf Shapira and Robin Thomas, with Timothy Gowers and Dan Král' (one of the DIMAP members) also acting as the managing editors. The financial and administrative support for the journal is provided by Queen's University Library. The journal now welcomes its first submissions, which can be made through the Scholastica editorial system, and intends to publish its first articles early in 2019.

Additional information on ethical journals and the launch of this journal can be found in this blog post by Tim Gowers.

WBS research translates into practical success

Research by Vladimir Deineko, WBS Associate Professor of Operational Research and member of DIMAP, has recently provided two examples of academic research translating successfully into practice. Read more here.

Previously advertised positions

New Posts:


AlgoUK Workshop September 17 - 18, 2019

Workshop "Measurability, Ergodic Theory and Combinatorics", July 8 - 12, 2019

DIMAP Workshop: Research Day 2019, May 31, 2019

Warwick-Weizmann Workshop 2019, May 13 - 17, 2019

DIMAP Workshop on Advances in Modern Graph Algorithms, April 8 - 11, 2019, Venice

DIMAP Seminar

Combinatorics Seminar

Participating Groups:

Department of Computer Science

Foundations of Computer Science (FoCS) Research Group

Warwick Mathematics Institute

Operational Research and Management Sciences Group

Past Events:

Workshop on Strcutural Sparsity, Logic and Algorithms, June 18-21, 2018

Workshop on Data Summarization, March 19 - 22, 2018

10 Year Anniversary DIMAP Workshop, December 11 - 13, 2017

Workshop in Honour of Mike Paterson's 75th Birthday, December 14, 2017

Conference on Extremal Combinatorics, September 18 - 22, 2017

One Day Birmingham-Warwick Combinatorics Meeting, June 9, 2017

Workshop on Algorithms, Logic and Structure, December 12 - 14, 2016

25th British Combinatorial Conference (BCC), July 6 - 10, 2015

LMS-CMI Research School on Regularity and Analytic Methods in Combinatorics, July 1 - 5, 2015

DIMAP Logic Day, June 1, 2015

LMS-CMI Research School on Regularity and Analytic Methods in Combinatorics, July 1 - 5, 2015

25th British Combinatorial Conference, July 6 - 10, 2015

ICMS Workshop on Extremal Combinatorics, July 14-18, 2014

DIMAP Algorithms Day 2014, May 21, 2014

Workshop on Phase transitions in discrete structures and computational problems, May 5 - 9, 2014

Big Data in the Mathematical Sciences, November 13, 2013

ICALP 2012, July 2012

22nd Postgraduate Combinatorial Conference (PCC 2012), August 2012

Warwick-Weizmann Workshop 2011, September 2011

DIMAP Workshop on Combinatorics and Graph Theory, April 2011

Workshop on Extremal and Probabilistic Combinatorics, July 2010

Summer School on Approximation and Randomized Algorithms, July 2010

AAIM 2010, July 2010

Mathematics of Phase Transitions, November 12 - 15, 2009

DIMAP workshop on Public Transport and Public Service Operations, April 20, 2009

25th British Colloquium for Theoretical Computer Science (BCTCS 2009), Dept. Computer Science and DIMAP, April 6 - 9, 2009

DIMAP Algorithms Day, DIMAP, October 24, 2008

Mike66, a workshop in honour of Professor Paterson's 66th birthday, DIMAP, September 18 - 19, 2008

19th Postgraduate Combinatorial Conference (PCC 2008), July 2008

Workshop on Flexible Network Design, July 2008

Biennial International Symposium on Combinatorial Optimisation (CO 2008), March 2008

OWL (Oxford-Warwick-London) Joint Seminar, May 10, 2007

ESCAPE 2007, April 2007

DIMAP Workshop on Algorithmic Game Theory, March 2007