Post-Doctoral Fellow

    Te Kura Pāngarau | School of Mathematics and Statistics
    Located in Ōtautahi | Christchurch, Aotearoa | New Zealand
    • Full-time 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
    • Fixed term position

    Mahi Ngātahi | Who You Will Work With
    Te Kura Pāngarau | School of Mathematics and Statistics is a forward-looking School, dedicated to excellence in teaching and research. We aspire to be a productive, dynamic, creative and inspiring community that maintains an inclusive, welcoming and supportive environment in which students and staff alike can flourish.
    Our diverse research interests and strong collaborative connections span many Departments across campus, and internationally. Our pure mathematics group is active in number theory, algebraic geometry, finite geometry and combinatorics and analysis.
    Our School is one of the largest at University of Canterbury, and one of the fastest growing in student numbers. We teach a diverse range of students from programmes across the University. We take care in supporting students in their learning and we are well resourced to help you with your teaching. We are at the forefront of developing online and blended learning courses. Our teaching activities are highly collaborative, both within the School and University wide. Our teaching teams are student-centred, proactive and feedback-seeking, and work in an open reflective cycle of design, deliver and review.

    For more about the School and the team, please visit our website.

    Āu Mahi | What You Will Do
    There is an opportunity for a fixed-term Postdoctoral Fellowship in Number Theory funded by the Marsden Grant "Rational Points and Anabelian Geometry" held by Dr. Brendan Creutz and Prof. Felipe Voloch. The project focuses on obstructions to the existence of rational points on varieties over global fields and connections to anabelian geometry. In this role you will undertake research related to the project, independently and in collaboration with other researchers.

    This fellowship is for the duration of one year due to the availability of external funding. If further resourcing is approved, there may be a future possibility of a one year extension that will involve a small amount of undergraduate teaching.

    To be successful in this role you will have will have excellent communication skills and written English, strong quantitative and data analysis skills, the ability to work creatively and independently, and a strong research background. You will have completed a PhD in pure mathematics with a focus in algebraic geometry or number theory. Applicants nearing completion of their PhD in the stated subject area, will also be considered.

    Mōu | Who You Are
    To be successful in this Postdoctoral Fellow position you will ideally have the following:
    • A PhD in Mathematics or a related discipline
    • A strong research background in number theory and algebraic geometry
    • Demonstrated experience of excellent research capabilities required including strong quantitative and data analysis skills
    • A publication track record as well as experience with preparation and delivery of quality oral presentations to a wide range of audiences is essential
    • A proven ability to communicate complex ideas and concepts (both orally and in writing) to a wide variety or groups including scientific and non-scientific audiences
    • The ability to work creatively and independently.

    Ngā Painga o UC | Why UC
    UC is committed to accessible higher education, service to the community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. We recognise our obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi | Te Tiriti o Waitangi and are committed to supporting Equity and Diversity, recognising that a sense of 'belonging' is an integral part of university life. At UC we have a diverse, culture-rich, and cooperative environment with policies and practices that ensure all staff and students are given the opportunity and support to grow as individuals and as part of the wider community.

    University of Canterbury is in Ōtautahi Christchurch, the gateway to the South Island of New Zealand. Christchurch is a very desirable place to live. We have a lot of green space, great bike routes, and access to the sea and mountains (which you can see from our School building) all within one-hour drive from the city.

    We offer a range of benefits:
    • Generous annual leave provisions
    • Flexible working arrangements
    • Supportive working environment
    • Professional development opportunities
    • Living in Aotearoa New Zealand
    • A unique working environment in a beautiful campus with access to UC facilities.
    • Onsite childcare facilities
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    The salary for this position is $82,480 (pa).
    The closing date for this position is: 27 April 2023 (midnight, NZ time) Applications will be reviewed after the close date.

    Pēhea te tono mai | How You Apply
    Applications for this position must be submitted on our careers website and should include a cover letter including names and contact information for 3 academic references and a CV. Please note, we do not accept applications by email, however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to [email protected]

    For further information specifically about the role, please contact: Brendan Creutz at [email protected] to discuss the opportunities associated with this position.
    Please Note: Applications will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Postdoctoral Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Research Associate will be given.
    We like to make our hiring decisions based on more than just your previous job experience and qualifications, so if you're keen to apply but are not sure you meet all of the requirements or need additional support please let us know. We also encourage you to advise us of the pronouns you use at any point during the recruitment process.

    For overseas applicants, please visit Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government's official Covid-19-19 website, to review the latest health and visa requirements for visiting and working in New Zealand.

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