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University of Bath
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Two positions as Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Applied Mathematics
The Department invites applications from excellent candidates for two positions in Applied
Mathematics.
The Department of Mathematical Sciences
The Department, which currently consists of 67 academic members of staff, carries out
internationally excellent research in mathematics and statistics. In the recent Research
Excellence Framework, 88% of research activity was graded either 4* (world-leading) or 3*
(internationally excellent).
Academic staff numbers have grown by over 25% since 2011 and further expansion (four
additional academic staff) is underway.
The Department’s mission is to advance and promote knowledge of mathematics and its
applications. We have a unified and connected view of mathematics as a subject of intrinsic
interest and one with widespread application and impact. Our approach is outward looking,
with a culture of inter-disciplinarity and engagement with industry. Our students are among
the best in the UK. Our undergraduate syllabus, grounded in research, reflects the unity of
mathematics and complements our excellent industrial placement schemes.
Our research embraces pure and applied mathematics, probability, and statistics and their
interactions. Examples of our connections across research areas include (i) combining the
analysis of partial differential equations with their applications to continuum mechanics,
mathematical biology, mathematical control theory, and numerical analysis, (ii) links between
statistical modelling, probability theory, and numerical analysis, and (iii) connecting analysis
with geometry. The Department has a long tradition of combining rigorous theory with real
applications.
The Department has regular specialist seminars in Analysis, Mathematical Biology, Networks
and Collective Behaviour, Control Theory, Geometry, Statistics, Applied Mathematics,
Numerical Analysis and Probability, as well as a general “Mathematical Landscapes”
colloquium.
In our multidisciplinary and industrially applied research, we foster synergies between
research teams, while simultaneously emphasising mathematical rigour underpinning the
applications. Many projects have been supported by industry, such as our long-running
collaboration with the UK Met Office, which combines activity in stochastic processes,
continuum mechanics, and scientific computing.
The Department provides a stimulating and supportive research environment. We appoint
high-calibre staff whose expertise complements and extends our research profile and we
provide mentoring for new appointees appropriate to their career stage and support for
applications for research funding, including fellowship schemes as appropriate.
In 2010, the Department moved into a new five-storey building at the heart of the campus,
providing bright new staff offices, space for collaborative discussion, and accommodation for
support staff. There is also a custom-built lecture room with adjacent social and exhibition
space, which is used extensively for seminars, meetings and workshops organised by
Department members.
Members of the Department are involved also in interdisciplinary research centres within the
University. Four of these are directed by members of the Department: the Centre for
Networks and Collective Behaviour (http://www.bath.ac.uk/research/centres/cncb/), which is
a university-wide collaboration centred in Applied Mathematics, the Centre for Mathematical
Biology (http://www.bath.ac.uk/cmb/), which encourages and supports collaboration between
mathematicians, biologists, and others from across the University, the Centre for Nonlinear
Mechanics (http://www.bath.ac.uk/cnm/), which hosts collaboration between applied
mathematics, numerical analysis and areas of application for example in Mechanical
Engineering,
and
the
Probability
Laboratory
at
Bath
(http://www.bath.ac.uk/research/centres/probability-laboratory/), which is led by the
probability group, with strong connections to other areas such as analysis and numerical
analysis.
More details of the research activities
http://www.bath.ac.uk/math-sci/research .
of
the
Department
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The Bath Institute for Mathematical Innovation
“Excellence in research and innovation” is a core goal for the University of Bath, and to help
achieve this goal the University has decided to establish and invest in a number of
University-wide Research Institutes. The Department of Mathematical Sciences has a
central role within the new Bath Institute for Mathematical Innovation, with a member of the
Department as Director (Professor Jonathan Dawes) and Deputy Directors (Professor Chris
Budd OBE and Dr Gavin Shaddick).
The Institute aims to support the excellent mathematics and mathematically related activity
that exists across the University, to develop further the international profile of the University
and to extend further our capacity for industrial collaborations in order to produce a step
change in the impact and visibility of our research.
The Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Applied Mathematics (SAMBa)
In March 2014 the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council awarded the
Department funding to establish a Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Applied
Mathematics at Bath (SAMBa). This CDT is supporting five cohorts of four-year PhD
studentships, a total of over 50 students).
SAMBa will train a new breed of mathematical researchers at the interface between Applied
Mathematics, Statistics, and Probability theory, to engage students with industrial and
interdisciplinary problems and hence to equip them to tackle key societal and industrial
challenges related to areas such as data science, uncertainty quantification, and large-scale
stochastic modelling and simulation. To achieve this, we have designed an innovative,
student-centered approach at graduate teaching. For more details about SAMBa see
http://www.bath.ac.uk/math-sci/postgraduate/cdt/
Undergraduate Teaching
Undergraduate teaching activities of the Department encompass various degree
programmes at Bachelor and Master level, and service teaching to other departments.
Applications are currently buoyant and the department recruits over 300 very well prepared
students each year to its ambitious undergraduate programme. The popularity of the degree
programme is enhanced by the availability of options which combine advanced studies in
Mathematical Sciences with a year either in industry or spent studying abroad. The MMath
programme offers four years training in Mathematical Sciences in which students can choose
a wide range of options in pure and applied mathematics and statistics and probability, as
well as units from other departments. A new MMath with industrial placement option has
recently been added to the degree scheme. The Department also contributes to joint
degrees in Mathematics and Physics, Computer Science and Mathematics and from 2015 a
new joint degree in Economics and Mathematics.
Postgraduate Programmes
Departmental postgraduate taught provision includes established Masters Programmes in
‘Mathematical Sciences' and ‘Modern Applications of Mathematics', the latter including a
Mathematical Biology stream. A new MRes programme (which is part of the Centre for
Doctoral Training) has recently been added.
Postgraduate research is vibrant with an expanding PhD population, and substantial future
expansion planned through initiatives to attract funding from industry and through
internationalization activities. A decade ago, the Department pioneered the “Doctoral
College” route to PhD in which students must pass 6 graduate level mathematics courses
during the first 18 months of 3.5 years’ funded study. This broadens and deepens
postgraduate provision, providing formal training in areas not necessarily directly related to
the student’s research, and it has since been widely adopted in other places. More recently
our Doctoral College provision has been strengthened by the EPSRC-supported Taught
Course Centre, which involves Bath together with the Universities of Bristol, Oxford and
Warwick, and Imperial College London. These five institutions share video-linked graduate
mathematics courses using Access Grid technology.
Further details of our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes can be found at
http://www.bath.ac.uk/math-sci/admissions/
Career Development for New Appointments
New appointees, in particular early career researchers, are given significantly reduced
administration and teaching loads (normally only one lecture course in the first year), and
receive priority in the allocation of PhD studentships and travel funding. New appointees are
assigned mentors to provide wide-ranging support, including the development and
implementation of a personal research strategy.
Further support is provided by the Staff Development Performance Review system.
Probationary appointees take the Bath Course on Enhancing Academic Practice which
includes units on research management. The University’s Research and Innovation Services
(RIS) assists with the preparation of First Grant bids, which all eligible appointments are
expected to make. The Faculty of Science provides start-up funds for selected projects of
recent appointees.
RIS also provides assistance with the development of research proposals and knowledge
transfer, and the Academic Staff Development programme offers a wide range of relevant
training, for example in IT, research supervision, and management.
The University of Bath
The University, founded in 1966, is regularly placed among the top dozen in the UK by
national newspaper guides. Its buildings, including one newly constructed to house
Mathematical Sciences and opened in 2010, are set in an attractive hill-top site about a mile
from the centre of Bath, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage City, which has fine
amenities. The campus is safe and friendly for students and has first-class sports facilities.
The university was named by The Sunday Times as the “University of the Year” for 2011-12,
“Best Campus University” in 2014 and regularly reports very high levels of student
satisfaction. Bath has been named joint top university in the UK that students would
recommend to their friends, according to the Times Higher Education (THE) Student
Experience Survey 2016. Internationally, Bath was placed ‘first in Europe’ according to the
latest QS ‘Top 50 under 50’ ranking in 2015. For more information on the University and on
the City of Bath see
http://www.bath.ac.uk/
http://www.bath.ac.uk/about/city/.
Conditions of service
See the website at http://www.bath.ac.uk/jobs/.
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