Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Algebraic Biology

Andrew Francis
University of Western Sydney
Job Description: 

The University of Western Sydney is a large multi-campus university servicing a diverse range of students.

The Centre for Research in Mathematics is a newly established University Research Centre whose expertise covers a broad spectrum of pure and applied mathematics. Its strengths include control theory, computational statistics, and several areas of algebra including group theory and ring theory, with applications to evolutionary biology and cryptography.

We seek an energetic, forward thinking, dynamic, and innovative scholar to take on a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for a fixed period of two years.

As Postdoctoral Research Fellow, you will undertake research on projects associated with the ARC Future Fellowship awarded to Professor Andrew Francis. The topic of this Fellowship is algebraic models of bacterial evolution.

You will work with Professor Francis on topics specifically related to the evolution of knotting in bacterial DNA. It is expected that you have expertise in areas of algebraic topology and representation theory, particularly diagram algebras (such as the braid group algebra, the Brauer algebra etc) and their deformations and quotients. Other expertise such as in Coxeter groups, group actions, and computational group theory, may also be valuable. To top it all, your excellent research background in the field of algebra will be highly regarded.

As part of your responsibility, you will be developing a strong international standing and research reputation, undertaking independent research in one or more of the defined research projects, as described above, be involved in research student supervision, organising and/or participating in various research activities including research seminars and discussions, short courses, mentoring programs and career development activities, and research grant applications, as well as contribute to the School teaching.

Remuneration Package: Academic Level A, $80,165 to $96,851 p.a. (comprising salary $67,740 to $81,840, plus 17% Superannuation and Leave Loading).

Position Enquiries: Professor Andrew Francis, (02) 9685 9236, email:

An official position description for this job is available at (.DOC file)

Closing Date: 22 April 2013

Job Categories: 
Postdoctoral fellowships
algebra, representation theory, genomics, biology, knot theory, group theory, evolution
Deadline for Application: 
Apr 22 2013