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Position: Lecturer in Operational Research
Institution: Cardiff University
Location: Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Duties: Applications are invited for a Lectureship in Operational Research in the School of Mathematics at Cardiff University. This is a full-time, open-ended post starting 1st January 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter
Requirements: Candidates must have a PhD in Mathematics or a closely related discipline
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This is a full-time, open-ended post starting 1st January 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. Applicants for the post should have a record of or potential to produce research that reaches the highest standards of excellence in terms of originality, significance and rigour in the broad field of Operational Research. We particularly welcome applicants with expertise in Mathematical Optimisation and Discrete Mathematics, including, but not limited to Mixed Integer and Nonlinear Optimisation, Combinatorial Optimisation, Discrete Computational Geometry, and Geometry of Numbers. S/he should have the ability to deliver high-quality teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. S/he will also be expected to take a full part in the life of the School, including administrative duties. Cardiff School of Mathematics Operational Research at Cardiff The Operational Research group has an impressive track-record of contributing to both the theoretical underpinnings of the subject and to novel applications, including working on complex problems arising in healthcare, public health and epidemiology, finance, transportation, timetabling, environmental issues, manufacturing, information security, and green logistics. We have over 20 academic staff and research students and host an active seminar series jointly with the Statistics research group, Data Innovation Research Institute ( DIRI ) seminars, and meetings of the South Wales Operational Research Discussion Society ( SWORDS ), which regularly attracts a large audience of OR researchers and practitioners. Our group members are also prominent in interdisciplinary collaboration, with particularly strong links to researchers in: computer science and informatics (research on data science, machine learning and their interface with OR methods); medicine (through our extensive programme of modelling work on health and care services); social sciences (modelling for societal benefit, social network analysis, public health and educational interventions); earth sciences and geography (food and water insecurity, rainfall modelling); and business and economics (financial and risk modelling). Group members are highly active in international collaborations, for example including joint research and staff/student mobility with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and the University of São Paulo (Brazil), Twente University (Netherlands), ETH Zürich and EPFL (Switzerland), Carnegie Mellon University, University of California Davis, Cornell University and New York University (USA) University of Toronto, University of Manitoba (Canada), University of Namibia, University of Vienna (Austria), Technische Universität Berlin, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Technische Universität München (Germany), Monash University and the University of Melbourne (Australia), and University of Lisbon (Portugal). Our staff and students have partnered with major external research users who help us deliver societal and economic benefit, including: Admiral, BA, Ernst & Young, Lloyds, McLaren, Nationwide, ONS, Tata Steel, Welsh Government and Welsh Water. Over the last REF period alone, the OR group has secured income directly from industry and charities to fund research amounting to 9 PhD studentships, 18 funded years of research associate time, and 4 years towards a match-funded lectureship. Candidates must have a PhD in Mathematics or a closely related discipline. This position is full-time, 35 hours per week and is open-ended. The post is available 1st January 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. Salary range: £34,304 - £40,927 per annum (Grade 6) We particularly welcome applications from females as they are under-represented with Cardiff University in this field. Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Paul Harper ( harper@cardiff.ac.uk ), Professor Maggie Chen ( ChenJ60@cardiff.ac.uk ) or Dr Jonathan Thompson (ThompsonJ1@cardiff.ac.uk) Date advert posted: Wednesday, 1 June 2022 Closing date: Wednesday, 27 July 2022 Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received. Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements. “Cardiff University is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions we will evaluate applicants on the quality of their research, not publication metrics or the identity of the journal in which the research is published. More information is available at: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/research/our-research-environment/integrity-and-ethics/responsible-research-assessment” Job Description Main Functions of Post To deliver research-led teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and contribute to the research record of the School through commitment to carrying out research leading to the publishing research. To pursue excellence in research, teaching and enterprise and to inspire others to do the same. Main Duties and Responsibilities Research To conduct research within the broad field of Operational Research and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in international academic journals and conferences, development of impact case studies, and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students. To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals. To give conference/seminar papers at a local, national and international level To participate in School research activities. Teaching To design and deliver teaching programmes for courses and contribute to module development as part of a module team. To carry out other forms of scholarship including work associated with examinations (setting and marking paper and providing constructive feedback to students), administration, participation in committee work, and the pastoral care of students of Cardiff University To inspire undergraduate and postgraduate students under the guidance of a mentor / module leader and develop skills in assessment methods and in providing constructive feedback to students. To supervise the work of students including the supervision of Undergraduate and Master’s students and the co-supervision of PGR’s. To act as a Personal Tutor and provide pastoral support to students Other To engage effectively with professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., nationally and internationally to raise awareness of the School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its national and international profile. To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance in the role of Lecturer. To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world. To ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements in respect of equality and diversity, data protection, copyright and licensing, security, financial and other University policies, procedures and codes as appropriate. To take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and of other persons who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, EC directives and the University's Safety, Health and Environment Policies and Procedures. You may be asked to perform other duties occasionally which are not included above, but which will be consistent with the role. Person Specification Essential Criteria Qualifications and Education 1. Postgraduate degree at PhD level in Mathematics or Operational Research or a related subject area Knowledge, Skills and Experience 2. An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within Operational Research or related research fields. 3. Teaching experience at undergraduate or postgraduate level 4. Knowledge of current status of research in specialist field 5. Proven ability to publish in international journals 6. Potential to be successful in competitive research funding 7. Ability to contribute to the delivery and continued development of modules across the School’s teaching programmes Pastoral, Communication and Team Working 8. Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication 9. The ability to provide appropriate pastoral support to students, appreciate the needs of individual students and their circumstances and to act as a personal tutor Desirable Criteria 1. Relevant professional qualification(s). 2. Proven ability to work without close supervision 3. Evidence of collaborations with industry 4. Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community. 5. Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the teaching and research activities of the School. 6. A willingness to take responsibility for academically related administration. When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number and your name. Additional Information School of Mathematics The School of Mathematics is a research-led School in Cardiff University, one of the UK’s leading universities, with a reputation for internationally excellent research and high quality teaching. In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, Cardiff University was ranked 14th in the UK in terms of Research Power and 19th in the UK in terms of the grade point average (GPA) of its overall quality profile. In August 2021, the School moved into a new building ‘Abacws’ co-located with the School of Computer Science and Informatics. The building has been designed in collaboration with students and academic staff to create interdisciplinary, flexible and creative workspaces, with innovative teaching areas being a key feature. The School has six main research groups: Applied and Computational Mathematics; GAPT: Geometry, Algebra, Mathematical Physics and Topology; Mathematical Analysis; Mathematics Education; Operational Research; and Statistics. We are an internationally recognised centre of excellence for research in the mathematical sciences. In REF 2014 the School was ranked joint 19th out of 53 submissions with a GPA of 3.08 in the Mathematical Sciences Unit of Assessment. All of the research submitted was rated at least ‘internationally recognised’ with 90% rated as either ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. A distinctive feature of the submission was that 100% of our research was rated as ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ for its impact in terms of its reach and significance. We have provided solutions to contemporary issues such as data security and hospital waiting times. The School engages with industry, young people and the wider community to make our innovative research accessible to a wider audience. The School has a long-standing culture of applied research and direct engagement with a wide range of industrial, government and commercial organisations such as the NHS, Hewlett Packard and the Office for National Statistics. The School offers a lively postgraduate environment, with a significant number of postgraduates working in its specialist areas. Undergraduate students are offered a wide choice of degree programmes, covering an extensive and exciting range of mathematics and its applications. All students join a thriving mathematical community where excellent facilities, tuition of the highest quality, and a friendly supporting environment may be enjoyed. More details on the School can be found at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/maths/ Salary Range Min. 34,304 Salary Range Max. 40,927 Job Category Academic - Teaching & Research Grade Grade 6 Lecturer in Operational Research | Cardiff University
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