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Research Associate in Cohomology and Actions of Groups
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-016908

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 08/07/2021

Salary: £32,816 to £40,322 per annum depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Mathematics

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: Fixed term from 1 September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter until 31 August 2024

School / Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work with Prof Peter Symonds in the Pure Mathematics Research Group of the Department of Mathematics at Manchester. It is funded by a grant from the EPSRC for a project on cohomology and actions of groups.

The position is for a period of 36 months commencing on 1st September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project will study group actions on rings. The rings could be graded algebras over a field of finite characteristic and might arise from algebraic topology or geometry. We will investigate the action from the points of view of modular representation theory, commutative algebra and geometry. We will also be interested in the equivariant cohomology of the action. The groups could be finite, but might also be profinite, algebraic or group schemes.

The research associate will primarily be expected to work with Prof Symonds on the research needed to carry out this project. You will also be expected to be involved in writing up this work, disseminating results and organising meetings.

You should have a PhD (or equivalent) in algebra or a heavily algebraic area of mathematics. You should be willing and able to learn new material as required by the project.

The Department is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The Department holds a Bronze Award for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointments will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Happy to talk flexible working. 

Blended working arrangements may be considered

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Name: Prof Peter Symonds

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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria


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