Postdoctoral Fellow in Mathematics

University of New South Wales


Postdoctoral Fellow in Mathematics

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Work type: full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Post Doctoral Research Associate

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At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The School of Mathematics and Statistics currently has more than seventy continuing academic staff and approximately 100 academic staff in total, as well as visiting academics. UNSW is the only university in Australia to be ranked in the top 100 in the world in Mathematics and Statistics by each of the four ranking bodies: CWTS Leiden, ARWU, USNews, and QS. The School’s research groups are interconnected, with frequent interactions between groups and with other schools and faculties both inside and outside UNSW.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will undertake research within a five-year Laureate Fellow project funded by the Australian Research Council and UNSW Sydney. The project seeks to advance the analysis of dynamical systems through the development of novel techniques in functional analysis, operator theory, ergodic theory, and/or differential geometry. Specific topics of focus include, but are not limited to, linear response, random and nonautonomous dynamical systems, spectral analysis, stability/perturbation theory, and rigorous numerics.

Possible applications of the new theory include the analysis of spatiotemporal data arising from weather and climate observations/models and from models of social dynamics. Motivating aims include the discovery and analysis of hidden large-scale patterns in data/models, elucidating mechanisms underlying the emergence of these large-scale phenomena and their response to perturbations and devising reliable schemes for predicting this emergence and quantifying their response.

The Laureate Fellow project will consist of three Postdoctoral Fellow positions. Two of the positions will have primarily theoretical responsibilities, and at least one position will have responsibilities that additionally include computational aspects and interactions with end-users in climate and/or social dynamics.

All are located in Sydney, Australia.

About the role

  • Level A - $106K - $113K plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 2 years (with possible extension based on funding and performance)
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

The roles report to Laureate Professor Gary Froyland and have no direct reports.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Development of theory that significantly advances the field of dynamical systems, using techniques from areas such as functional analysis, operator theory, ergodic theory, and/or differential geometry.
  • Implement algorithms that efficiently analyse dynamical systems arising from idealised models or data.
  • Collaborative publications in leading international mathematical and scientific journals.
  • Provide comprehensive analysis and reports in relation to the research project in a timely and effective manner.
  • Perform small-team research, coordinate research activities, and participate in the setting of future research directions of the project.
  • Assist with the supervision and mentoring of PhD students to develop the next generation of academics (as per the norms of the discipline).
  • Present results of research at conferences and other venues.
  • Align with and actively demonstrate the UNSW Values in Action: Our Behaviours and the UNSW Code of Conduct.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

About the successful applicant
(Selection Criteria)

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • PhD in Mathematics (or closely related discipline) or close to completion, preferably in dynamical systems.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • An outstanding track record of research publications (relative to career opportunities).
  • Demonstrated high-level analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated capacity to deliver high-quality project outcomes in a timely manner.
  • Computer programming experience, preferably with Matlab and/or Julia.
  • An understanding of and commitment to UNSW’s aims, objectives and values in action, together with relevant policies and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training


You should provide a cover letter and systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application.

For informal queries, please see the below contact details. 

Otherwise, please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.

Gary Froyland

Applications close: November 29th, 2023

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UNSW is committed to equity diversity and inclusion. Applications from women, people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, those living with disabilities, members of the LGBTIQ+ community; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged. UNSW provides workplace adjustments for people with disability, and access to flexible work options for eligible staff. The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.


Position Description

Advertised: 18 Oct 2023 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 29 Nov 2023 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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