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Lecturer in Statistical Mechanics of Disordered Systems

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Closing date: 26 November 2023

Building and Campus: Strand Building, Strand Campus

Job description

Applications are invited for a Lecturer in Statistical Mechanics of Disordered Systems in the Department of Mathematics at King’s College London.

Candidates are expected to have a PhD in Mathematics or Theoretical Physics and to lead a self-directed programme of research in some area(s) at the boundary between Disordered Systems (understood in a broad sense) and Statistical Mechanics. This includes, but is not limited to, spin glasses and/or its applications to optimization, inference problems, neural networks, and machine learning. Very strong candidates in related areas, e.g. the statistical mechanics of quantum disordered systems, the theory of disordered polymers and related models, applications of field theory (conformal and others) to systems with disorder including percolation, the emergence of large-scale behaviours in many-body systems, as well as applications of random matrix theory to all these areas will be given a serious consideration.

Within the Department, the Disordered Systems group leads an interdisciplinary MSc programme in Complex Systems Modelling. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the research activity of the Department, take part in teaching and examining for the Department’s undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes, make a contribution to the academic organisation of the Department, and have demonstrable ability to attract research funding.

The post is available from 1st January 2024 and is located at the Strand Campus of King’s College London.

Further particulars of the post can be located below and further information about the department and the research group can be found at:

This post will be offered on a permanent contract.

This is a full-time post – 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

As Lecturer in Disordered Systems/Analysis you will strengthen the reputation, culture and ambitions of the department and wider institution by:

  • Leading a self-directed programme of research and scholarship at a level commensurate with the current international standards of excellence within the department
  • Demonstrating a proven ability or potential for achieving research excellence in an area that fits in to one of our research groups, centres or interest groups
  • Promoting the reputation of the research group through scientific meetings, scholarship, and other externally facing activities
  • Delivering an excellent student experience through innovative teaching and assessment methods for both undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes
  • Providing supervision to postgraduate research students
  • Enthusiastically contributing to academic management and supporting the administration and organisation of the department to further its education, research activities and ambitions
  • Being responsible for the wellbeing and pastoral care of students, including acting as Personal Tutor

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

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