Chair of Mathematical Analysis

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Chair of Mathematical Analysis

Job Purpose

The School of Mathematics and Statistics seeks to appoint a Professor in the area of Pure Mathematics (Analysis). The appointee with be expected to engage in high-quality research, actively contribute to teaching, and undertake relevant administration within the School of Mathematics and Statistics.

You will have an outstanding track record of national and international distinction and leadership in research bringing external recognition and distinction to yourself and the University. Applications for the post are welcome in any research areas of mathematical analysis that complement the existing strengths within the School.

The University of Glasgow, established in 1451, is a member of the UK’s Russell Group of leading universities. The University is committed to enhancing its position as one of the world’s great broad-based research-intensive universities. In REF 2014, the School was ranked 8th in the UK for research intensity in the mathematical sciences. This new post reflects exciting developments and expansion of the School.

The School of Mathematics & Statistics is the home of the mathematical sciences within the University of Glasgow. It is one of the seven Schools which constitute the College of Science and Engineering, which in turn is one of the four Colleges within the University. The School is large, growing and diverse. It offers full undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes at all levels and it undertakes research of high international standard. We have research groups of international excellence in all three of the main areas of the subject, traditionally described as pure mathematics, Pure mathematics and statistics, although we increasingly have research activity which blurs these descriptions.

Informal enquiries regarding the position can be made to Professor Ian Strachan (ian.strachan [at] glasgow[.]ac[.]uk, Head of School)

Job Purpose

Provide outstanding academic leadership and further enhance the School’s international profile in Pure Mathematics through research portfolio and research-led education.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Perform the following range of activities:

1. Provide outstanding academic leadership, strategic vision, and direction in research and teaching within Pure Mathematics.

2. Lead and sustain research of international standing in mathematical analysis, setting the research direction to enhance the field. Enable this by leading research projects/collaborations, attaining substantial funding, developing long-term growth strategies, and generating KE and impact.

3. Publish high quality research papers, present invited talks at leading national and international conferences/symposia, and secure a world class portfolio of outputs.

4. Take a leading role in curriculum development and its continuous improvement, ensuring a research-led approach to student learning.

5. Undertake teaching, supervision and assessment within Pure Mathematics. Provide effective academic leadership to staff and students through mentorship and research collaboration.

6. Engage in external academic activities to advance personal esteem, professional development, and national/international recognition and reputation of the School/University.

7. Develop research collaborations with international research groups to create new research opportunities and support the University’s strategy for internationalisation.

8. Develop and implement School strategy in inter-disciplinary research and teaching.

9. Contribute significantly to leadership, management and administrative responsibilities.

10. Engage in personal, professional and career development.

11. Contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan - Inspiring People - Changing the World. ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

A1 PhD in related discipline and membership of a professional body where appropriate

A2 Internationally established track record, reputation and distinction in research and scholarship within mathematical analysis.

A4 Substantial track record of leading and delivering high quality and innovative University teaching, including assessment and curriculum development.

C1 Drive, ambition and vision to lead a research activity/group/collaboration through strategic and operational leadership.

C2 Ability to secure research funding portfolio in a competitive and challenge-oriented environment.

C3 Ability to develop courses, lead curriculum development, and teach in the specialist and wider disciplines of the School

C4 Ability to provide effective leadership, people management and mentoring of staff, students and teams.

C5 Outstanding communication, interpersonal and presentation skills with ability to work effectively and collegiately.

C6 Ability to recognise and leverage opportunities, particularly in a cross-disciplinary environment.

E1 Sustained record of high-quality publications in leading international journals or equivalent.

E2 Sustained record of gaining and managing a significant portfolio of research grant funding.

E3 Extensive experience of a reflective approach to teaching and assessment in Pure Mathematics.

E4 Significant experience of mentoring staff, teaching and supervising students.

E6 Strong track record in contributing to scientific/learned societies and equivalent fora.

Job Features

The School has over 60 full-time academics across pure & applied mathematics, and statistics, together with nearly 50 PhD candidates, 8 PDRA’s, and is supported by 11 administrative/secretarial/IT staff. Further new appointments are expected during the next academic year. From next September, four Rankin-Sneddon Research Fellows will be joining the School, an addition is various externally funded fellowship positions. The School’s total income is in excess of 12M, and in the last quarter, 3M of new research grants were awarded to members of the School.

For further examples of the range of activities expected from this position and opportunities for progression, please see:

Standard Terms & Conditions

The appointment will be subject to the whole powers and conditions of any Act of Parliament, Ordinances, and Law affecting the University. The appointment is a whole-time appointment, the Professor undertaking to accept paid outside work only with the prior consent of the University Court. This provision does not apply to examinerships and such other appointments as are incidental to the ordinary course of University business.

Salary will be within the professorial range and subject to negotiation.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding this scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of superannuation benefits.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies.

Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

Vacancy reference: 025826, closing date: 26 June 2019.

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