Research Assistant in Applied Mathematics

Research Assistant in Applied Mathematics


Vacancy number: ACAD101062


School of Mathematics


£31,342 - £35,256


Liquid Crystal Defects in Landau-de Gennes Theory


Applications are invited for a postdoctoral Research Assistantship in the School of Mathematics at the University of Bristol working with Jonathan Robbins and Valeriy Slastikov in collaboration with Arghir Zarnescu at the University of Sussex.  The position is funded by a grant from the Leverhulme Trust, and funding for the post is available for up to three years.


Applicants should have (or be about to receive) a PhD in mathematics or a closely-related discipline and have a proven record in the broad area of nonlinear partial differential equations and continuum modeling.  Experience in one or more of the following areas would be particularly relevant: geometrical and symmetry methods for PDEs; numerical methods for PDEs; calculus of variations; topological defects and topological solitons; liquid crystals and soft-matter physics.


The research project concerns a study of the structure and stability of fundamental defects in the Landau-de Gennes theory of nematic liquid crystals.  Particular objectives are the description of point defects in three dimensions (the so-called biaxial torus) as well as two dimensions. 


The position is available from 1 January 2015 for up to 3 years, with a flexible start date.  The appointment will be on Research Grade I, with starting salary from £31,342 up to £35,256 per annum depending on experience.


The School of Mathematics is one of the leading centres for research and teaching in the mathematical sciences in the UK, and offers a stimulating and friendly environment with first-rate facilities.  In addition, the School of Mathematics is a supporter of the LMS Good Practice Scheme aiming at advancing women’s careers in mathematics and we therefore particularly welcome applications from suitably qualified women for this post.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to:


Dr Jonathan Robbins, or Dr Valeriy Slastikov,


 The University of Bristol is committed to equality and we value the diversity of our staff and students.


To apply, please visit our web site at enter the vacancy number into the job search and follow the link to the on line application process.


The deadline for receipt of applications is midnight on 1 December 2014.  Interviews (via skype) will be held as soon as possible after the closing date.


Job location: 
United Kingdom
Contact and application information
Monday, December 1, 2014
Contact name: 
Dr Jonathan Robbins
Contact email: