Research Associate in Number Theory

Applications are invited for up to two EPSRC funded postdoctoral positions to work jointly with Professors Sanju Velani and Victor Beresnevich on the programme “New frameworks in metric Number Theory: foundations and applications”. The research programme aims to make significant contribution to fundamental problems in the theory of Diophantine approximation; in particular, Littlewood’s conjecture on multiplicative Diophantine approximation, the Duffin-Schaeffer conjecture on non-monotonic Diophantine approximation and the generalised Baker-Schmidt problem on Diophantine approximation on manifolds.

Each post is for up to 9 months and ideally will be taken before March 2018. The precise start date is subject to negotiation, although a later start date may mean a shorter contract as funding is time-constrained.

The main responsibilities are:

  • To conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues and to contribute to the production of research
  • To assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects
  • To undertake appropriate organisational and administrative activities connected to the research project, including conference organisation, and the development of promotional or educational material including website maintenance and development
  • To assist with undergraduate teaching in own area of expertise.

You should hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Mathematics by the start date of your appointment. Applicants with a background in and knowledge of metric or analytic number theory, ergodic theory, dynamical systems and related areas are especially encouraged. You will also have the ability to develop research objectives, projects and proposals for your own and joint research, with the assistance of a mentor if required.

You will have experience of writing up research work for publication and have the ability to work as part of a team and also to work independently using your own initiative. You will also have the competency to make presentations at conferences or exhibit work in other appropriate events.

Informal enquiries should be made to Sanju Velani ( or Victor Beresnevich (

Further information is available.

Closing date:  26 January 2018

Athena Swan Bronze