Research Fellow in Mathematics

University College London

United Kingdom


Duties and Responsibilities

The department has internationally recognised research groups in pure and applied analysis; fluid mechanics; mathematical physics; geometry and topology; algebra, number theory and combinatorics; mathematical modeling in biology, finance, industry and society.

Applications are invited for a full-time Research Fellow position to work with Professor Ted Johnson on the project “Stirring at the Walls – A dynamical boundary model for the ocean”. This work forms part of a joint NERC-NSF funded project with Professor William Dewar of Florida State University on boundary models for the ocean.

The responsibilities of the post will include carrying out vigorous, high-level research into coupling nonlinear wave models for ocean boundary dynamics to global circulation models, submitting publications regularly in refereed journals, and participating in local seminars and in national and international conferences. The post will also involve undergraduate teaching opportunities, and duties with regards to undergraduate assessment.

This post is available from 1 July 2019. This post is funded by NERC for 3 years in the first instance.

Key Requirements

Candidates should either have a PhD or equivalent qualification in Mathematics (or a demonstrably relevant field), or should be finalising their PhD or waiting for their viva date. The successful candidate is expected to have research experience in geophysical fluid dynamics, and a proven track record in research and publishing in a relevant field. 

Candidates will need excellent interpersonal skills, and a strong desire to fully participate in an active international research group in the field. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, are also required.

Outstanding candidates will have interest and research experience in at least some of the following areas: the theory of nonlinear wave dynamics, the numerical treatment of hyperbolic equations, asymptotic analysis of geophysical equations, global ocean circulation models.

Please note: Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent on award and confirmation of a PhD (or equivalent). If this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B, point 24-26 (salary £30,922-£32,607 per annum inclusive of London allowance) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page. 

To apply for the vacancy please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below. Details of 3 referees are required - please do not provide more or less than the required 3 referees.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Sam Hopkins, email:

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Ted Johnson, email:

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date
26 May 2019

Latest Time for the Submission of Applications

Interview Date
June 2019

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Silver award, in recognition of our commitment and demonstrable impact in advancing gender equality.
This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff. 

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