We are keen to welcome outstanding researchers to join our community as Early Career Research Fellows. We have had outstanding success with fellowship applications in recent years, including European Union Marie Skłodowska-Curie, Leverhulme Early Career, Newton International, Royal Society University Research and Schlumberger Foundation fellowships.
The Department of Mathematics is housed within the world-class University of York, and combines leading mathematical and interdisciplinary research with high quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 80 per cent of research activity in the Department was rated as internationally excellent.
We are dedicated to the development of researchers and their careers, with the University supporting the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (an agreement between funders and employers of research staff to improve the employment and support for researchers and research careers in UK higher education). The University of York values the diversity of its members and is committed to the creation of a positive environment which is fair, welcoming and inclusive and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. We encourage interest from people with a variety of backgrounds and experience; for example, people from sections of the community that are currently underrepresented in the Department, those with commitments that would benefit from flexible working, and people wishing to return to research after a career break.
The Department currently comprises approximately 60 academic and research staff and 130 graduate students (including PhD and MSc). Our principal areas of research are: Algebra; Number Theory; Geometry and Analysis; Mathematical Finance and Stochastic Analysis; Mathematical Physics and Quantum Information; Mathematical Biology and Chemistry; and Statistics and Probability.
How can we help?
We can provide support for the development of your Fellowship application. This support can include: arranging for discussions/ meetings with appropriate academic staff; organising constructive comments from peer reviewers; arranging contact with specialists in intellectual property etc.; and administrative support. In some cases, we can also support visits to the Department to allow Fellowship applicants to spend a focused time on developing their proposal in collaboration with both academic and administrative staff via the York Mathematics Fellowship Development Bursary.
If you are interested in developing a Fellowship application with us, please first contact the member of staff in the department who you would like to act as an academic mentor/supervisor for your project (see our staff list). You can then complete this enquiry form, which asks for a short Research Outline (a maximum of approximately one page of A4), your Academic CV, and explanation of why our department would be an ideal place to conduct your proposed project.
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Daphne Jackson Trust Fellowships
These fellowships offer researchers the opportunity to return to a research career after a break of two or more years for a family, health or caring reason. By combining a personsalised retraining programme with a challenging research project, Daphne Jackson Trust Fellowships provide a vital opportunity for those looking to return to a research career. Fellowships are flexible and part-time, usually completed over two years at 0.5 FTE. They consist of a challenging research project and at least 100 hours of retraining per year.
Fellowship holders at Department of Mathematics
Some of our past and present Fellows include:
Dr Nóra Szakács, was working with Prof. Victoria Gould on ‘Partial actions of monoids and partial reflections ‘ (PartAct), 2019-2021, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship.
Dr Rida-E Zenab, working with Prof. Victoria Gould on ‘Factorisations of restriction semigroups’, 2017-2019, Faculty for the Future Fellowship program of Schlumberger Foundation.
Dr Munazza Naz, working with Prof. Victoria Gould on the ‘Study of the Semigroup Type Properties of the Set of all n x n Matrices over Tropical Semiring’, 2016-2018, Faculty for the Future Fellowship program of Schlumberger Foundation.
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After completing my PhD and a short post-doctorate position, I took a 7-year career break to start a family. Over a catch-up coffee, my PhD supervisor encouraged me to apply to the Daphne Jackson Trust. This charity supports STEM researchers in returning to their careers following a career break. They offer a part-time fellowship and retraining that aims to build confidence and skills.
I enjoyed multivariate statistics and pattern recognition (“chemometrics”) during my PhD, so found an expert in these techniques on the University of York webpages. Prof. Julie Wilson's research covers a wide range of fascinating projects, including links to archaeology, analytical chemistry and collaborations with industry. I approached Julie, who was very encouraging, and was keen to act as supervisor for my Fellowship. Julie, the University of York, and the Daphne Jackson Trust were all very supportive during the application process, which took around 9 months to complete. My application was successful and I secured a two-year Fellowship to use chemometrics to analyse data from plant varieties exposed to drought and disease. My Fellowship was supported by the Departments of Mathematics and Chemistry, and was also in collaboration with Fera Science Ltd. This academic breadth and industrial partnership provided fantastic opportunities for retraining and reintegrating back into research.
After completing my PhD in Mathematics in 2011, I held several postdoctoral positions in South Africa, Italy and Austria. In September 2016, I gained a lectureship position at the University of Pretoria, being promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2019.
I had started discussing the mathematical theory of nematic liquid crystal with Prof. Zdzislaw Brzezniak — an academic in the Department of Mathematics, who was the external examiner of my PhD thesis — in 2011. These discussions led to a three year research project with Prof. Erika Hausenblas at University of Leoben, funded by the Austria Science Fund, starting in 2013. This grant enabled me to continue my research in Austria and visit and collaborate with Prof. Brzezniak.
It was during these collaborative visits to University of York that the idea of applying for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship emerged. These two year fellowships are funded by the European Commission, and support the mobility of researchers who have a doctoral degree (or at least four years of full-time research experience) within and beyond Europe.
After our initial application was rejected, we revised and resubmitted our proposal the following year. This proposal was funded, and I started my fellowship in the Department of Mathematics in January 2019.
As well as the help that I received from Prof. Brzezniak and other academics, the Department's support staff were also very helpful. For example, during the development and writing of the proposal, they arranged for peer reviewers to provide feedback and comments, helped with the administration of the application, and provided me with tips and previous examples of successful applications. After the fellowship was awarded, they were also very helpful during the relocation to York. In summary, the Department of Mathematics has been very supportive both with my scientific and personal development.