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Research Fellow

Fixed Term Contract for up to 18 months ending in March/2021.
36.5 hours per week.

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in the area of computational complexity theory is available for up to 18 months ending in March/2021. The start date can be negotiated for the successful candidate.

The position is available in connection with a research grant of Dr Igor Carboni Oliveira on new approaches to unconditional complexity lower bounds. The main objective of the post is to investigate complexity lower bounds using algorithmic, combinatorial, and/or logical methods, and to explore algorithmic consequences of complexity lower bounds in areas such as learning, cryptography, and derandomization.

You will have a strong background in theoretical computer science, with a specialization in complexity theory or a closely related area. You will have (or expect to obtain shortly) a PhD in the relevant area.

You should provide with your application form a CV including a list of publications, a short research statement, and the names and contact details of up to three references.

You will be formally based in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Warwick, and you will be associated with the Centre for Discrete Mathematics and its Applications (http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/dimap) and the Division of Theory and Foundations at the University of Warwick.

For further information and informal inquiries, please contact Dr Igor Carboni Oliveira (email: igorcarb@dcs.warwick.ac.uk)

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£30,046 pa). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure.

JOB PURPOSE:

To investigate complexity theory using algorithmic, combinatorial, and/or logical methods with the goal of obtaining unconditional results.


DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. To carry out high-quality research on complexity theory and related areas, and to publish results in leading international conferences and journals.

2. To attend and present research findings and papers at academic conferences.

3. To assist in the organization of research meetings/workshops in the areas relevant to the project.

4. To contribute fully to the research activities (including the seminars and workshops and visitor programme) in the Centre for Discrete Mathematics and its Applications (DIMAP) and the Division of Theory and Foundations in the Department of Computer Science.

The duties and responsibilities are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. You will be required to be flexible in your duties.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria 1
Possession of a PhD or an equivalent qualification (or close to completion) in Computer Science, Mathematics, or a related subject (a)
Essential Criteria 2
Good quality research publications (a)
Essential Criteria 3
Ability to initiate, develop, and deliver high quality research (a,c)
Essential Criteria 4
Good effective communication skills (c,d)
Essential Criteria 5
Good interpersonal skills (c,d)
Essential Criteria 6
Ability to work independently and as part of a research group (a,c,d)
Essential Criteria 7
Ability to initiate, plan, organize and deliver a research programme and to work to tight deadlines (a,c,d)
Desirable Criteria 1
Knowledge of SAT/Learning algorithms, mathematical logic, and/or combinatorial techniques (a,c)

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Mon 04 Nov 2019, 12:13

Post-doctoral Research Fellow position in Computational Neuroscience

Fill time, fixed term contract for 3 years from 1 January 2020.

Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Research Fellow position in Computational Neuroscience, in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Warwick.

The appointee will work on a project funded by the MRC that aims to develop and implement a mechanistic modelling framework for studying regulation of synaptic transmitter release in health and disease. This project will be led by Dr Yulia Timofeeva with the co-applicant Prof Kirill Volynski (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, London) and in close collaboration with a number of world-leading experimental laboratories working in the field of synaptic transmission and information processing in the brain, that are located in Europe, USA, Canada and Japan. The successful candidate should have a PhD, or equivalent, in applied mathematics/theoretical physics/computer science or a related discipline and should have excellent skills in scientific computing. Previous experience of research in computational biology or neuroscience is desirable.

The working environment will be in the Mathematical Science Building, in the Zeeman Institute for Systems Biology & Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research (SBIDER).

The University of Warwick is one of the top UK universities for mathematical and computer sciences. The Department of Computer Science is ranked 1st in the UK for scientific output and 2nd overall in the latest UK Research Excellence Framework. The department is closely associated with many interdisciplinary centres including the Centre for Complexity Science, the Centre for Scientific Computing, the Warwick Data Science Institute, the Centre for Predictive Modelling, Mathematics for Real-World Systems Centre for Doctoral Training, the Centre for Analytical Science, and the Systems Biology Centre. This provides an excellent environment for research career development.

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£30,046). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£30,942 pa).

Please apply with a cover letter, CV, research statement, and references.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Yulia Timofeeva (y.timofeeva@warwick.ac.uk).
JOB PURPOSE

To undertake internationally competitive research in the area of computational neuroscience using methodologies from a number of scientific disciplines including biophysics, molecular signalling, deterministic and stochastic modelling, numerical methods, scientific computing etc, and assist with the research group’s tasks and activities.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Research and scholarship

• Conduct research on development of modelling framework and implementation of computational tools for studying presynaptic function.

• Work independently and in collaboration with the researchers in the groups at Warwick and UCL.

• Work in collaboration with experimental laboratories specialising in synaptic transmission.

• Write up research work for leading international journals.

• Present research at the leading conferences.

• Contribute to preparing proposals and applications to external funding bodies to support developing an excellent research agenda.

• Continually update own knowledge and understanding in field or specialism.

Teaching and Learning Support

• May be involved in the supervision of student projects, in the assessment of student knowledge and in the assistance of the development of student research skills.

Administration and Other Activities

• Attend team meetings and to participate (where necessary) in other working groups.

• Ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work.

• Work within budget constraints.

• Undertake tasks to improve the excellence of the department.

• Travel for project collaboration and conferences, as and when required.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1
Honours degree or equivalent in Mathematical, Physical or Computational Sciences (a)
Essential Criteria 2
In possession of a PhD in Applied Mathematics/Physics/Computer Science or a related discipline (a)
Essential Criteria 3
Excellent programming skills (a) & (c)
Essential Criteria 4
Ability to initiate, plan, organise, implement and deliver programmes of work to tight deadlines (a) & (c)
Essential Criteria 5
Proven ability in research and evidence of quality research output in applied scientific computing (a) & (c)
Essential Criteria 6
A developing research profile with the ability to publish and/or produce high quality research output (a) & (c)
Essential Criteria 7
Ability to work independently and as part of a team on research programmes (a) & (c)
Essential Criteria 8
Strong communication (oral and written) and presentation skills (a), (c) & (d)
Desirable Criteria 1
Experience of research in theoretical/computational neuroscience or computational biology (a) & (c)
Desirable Criteria 2
Research track record (a)
Desirable Criteria 3
Sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work independently and initiate and develop relevant research (a) & (c)
Desirable Criteria 4
Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team (a) & (c)
Desirable Criteria 5
Ability or potential to contribute to the development of funding proposals in order to generate external funding to support research projects (a) & (c)
Further Particulars
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Closing Date
21 Nov 2019
Wed 23 Oct 2019, 15:34 | Tags: Vacancies

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