Postdoctoral Research Associate in Mathematics (Level A)

University of Technology Sydney
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Closing Date: 28th June 2021

An exciting opportunity exists for Postdoctoral Research Associate (Level A) to conduct research in a collaborative research team based within the Faculty of Science at UTS.

This position is part of a research project funded by the ARC Discovery Project “Geodetic groups: foundational problems in algebra and computer science” awarded to Professor Murray Elder (UTS), Dr Adam Piggott (Australian National University) and Professor Volker Diekert (University of Stuttgart).

The role will carry out mathematical research, prepare, and present results in papers and conferences, co-supervise undergraduate and graduate research students, and be involved in outreach and mentoring activities. You will bring to the position expertise in geometric or computational group theory, combinatorics, and/or theoretical computer science.

Additionally, you will be expected to support the activities of the research team and apply for independent research fellowship or funding.

Skills and Attributes

  • Ability to undertake original research, as evidenced by timely and high-quality outputs.
  • Willingness to contribute to seek research funding from external sources.
  • Provide quality research supervision, where eligible, for Higher Degree Postgraduate and Honours students.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to critically think and independently.

Qualifications and Experience


  • PhD in geometric group theory, combinatorics, theoretical computer science or related areas.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Demonstrated organisational skills, time management and ability to work to deadlines.
  • Demonstrated problem solving abilities and analytical skills.
  • The ability to work independently as well as collaboratively as a member of a team.


  • Publications in geometric group theory and/or formal language theory, automata, rewriting systems.
  • Proficient programming skills.
  • Experience with computer algebra systems such as GAP.

Please refer to the Position Description for further information. Only those applications submitted via the UTS online recruitment system will be accepted.

Apply online here.