ARC Grant Funded Researcher (A), Mathematical Sciences @Adelaide

Location: School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, University of Adelaide
Employment Type: Full-time
Duration: Fixed-term position for 2 years
Remuneration: Level A ($91,402–$97,927) per annum + employer contribution of 17% superannuation
Closing Date: 11:55pm, Monday 17 April 2023

Postdoctoral position in the general area of the interplay between Index Theory, Non-commutative geometry and applications to string theory.

Build your research career at the School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences in a world-class research discipline of Pure Mathematics.

We are seeking to appoint a recent postdoctoral researcher in Index Theory, Noncommutative geometry and applications to string theory, for the Discovery Project held by Professor Mathai Varghese and funded by the Australia Research Council.

The School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences is a thriving centre of learning, teaching and research, and many of its academic staff are world leaders in their fields and graduates are highly regarded by employers.

The School of Mathematical Sciences is one of seven schools that make up the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences. Pure Mathematics at our university received the top ranking of 5 in the Excellence in Research for Australia ranking of 2018, making it one of the premier departments in the country. It hosts the Institute for Geometry and its Applications ( which is extremely active at organising workshops, lecture series and instructional schools that benefit postgraduate students, early career researchers and other staff.

Collaboration with other researchers and students in the School is also encouraged.

To be successful you will need:

  • Recent PhD in Pure Mathematics or Mathematical Physics (If thesis submission is pending, state expected submission date on your cover letter)
  • Demonstrated strong research capability, in terms of publications in Index Theory, Noncommutative Geometry and applications to String Theory
  • Strong background in Index Theory, Noncommunicative Geometry and applications to String Theory.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and a willingness to work effectively as a member of Professor Mathai Varghese’s team.

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs – including significant industry, government and community collaborations – offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work’s cutting-edge nature – not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour – provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life. Flexible working arrangements are on offer for all roles at the University.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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Your faculty’s broader role

As a member of Australia’s G08, the University of Adelaide is recognised as one of the nation’s most respected research-intensive universities, challenging and inspiring graduates to make a real difference. The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) holds an outstanding reputation for teaching, research, and quality graduates. Comprised of eight schools, 21 centres and five institutes, the Faculty of SET is responsible for teaching over 8,500 students across our three campuses, North Terrace, Waite and Roseworthy, and has an annual budget of $300 million. The faculty is a significant contributor to the University’s research reputation, earning annual research revenue above $120 million. Many of our research areas have achieved a world-class research rating of 5 in the 2018 ERA rankings. The faculty is responsible for teaching and research across wide range of disciplines including Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Architecture, Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences, Agriculture, Food and Wine and Animal and Veterinary Science. The Faculty of SET is an innovative and agile working environment that champions excellence, diversity and inclusion in our teaching, research, and global engagement leadership.

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How to apply

If you have the talent, we’ll give you the opportunity. Together, let’s make history.
Click on the link below to view the Selection Criteria and to apply for the opportunity.

Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Sir Thomas Elder Professor Mathai Varghese
ARC Australian Laureate Fellow