Research Fellow (Situating International and Global Mathematics)

University of Edinburgh
March 02, 2023
Offerd Salary:£35,333-£42,155
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Contract Type:Fixed Term: 48 month
Working Time:Full time
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  • Old Surgeons' Hall, Edinburgh, EH1 1LZ, GB
  • Posting Date

    01/05/2023, 09:24 PM

    Apply Before

    02/03/2023, 12:00 AM

    Job Schedule

    Full time

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    Contract Type

    Fixed Term

    Job Description

    UE07: £35,333-£42,155 per annum

    Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, School of Social and Political Science, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

    Full Time: 35 hours per week

    Fixed Term: 48 months from a flexible starting date in Spring-Autumn 2023

    2 Posts available

    The Opportunity:

    You will join the UKRI Frontier Research Guarantee project ‘Situating International and Global Mathematics' (SIGMA), investigating the global history of professional mathematical research in the twentieth century, working primarily on either Institutions (using methods of archival and institutional history to analyse how mathematicians organised their research and professional communities across new scales in the twentieth century) or Infrastructures (using methods of critical information studies to develop new database-supported approaches to characterising the infrastructures of long- distance and large-scale mathematical research). You will use a variety of historical research methods, coordinate events and research networks, and collaboratively develop resources and publications as part of the project team.

    Your skills and attributes for success:

  • A PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, awarded or with all requirements met prior to start of contract. Subject relevance is broadly construed.

  • Demonstrated ability and interest to contribute to collaborative research, publication, and scholarship.

  • Demonstrated ability and interest in engaging with networks of scholars and interlocutors.
  • Demonstrated abilities with key languages or methodologies identified in the full job description.
  • It is not necessary for candidates to have experience in history of mathematics, modern history, or other specific project fields and methodologies, provided you demonstrate other relevant skills and knowledge and are interested and willing to undertake further training as necessary.

    Click to view a copy of the full job description

    As part of your application, please submit a CV, a covering letter that addresses your interest and qualifications for the role, and an academic writing sample. You may also submit an optional sample of a digital project, expository writing, or other relevant work. It is common for curricula vitae in the UK to include brief narratives to contextualise the usual lists of achievements and experience. Candidates may optionally wish to include a brief research narrative if that is not already part of their CV, but narratives are not required.

    To apply for this vacancy, please use the 'Apply Now' link at the bottom of this page.

    Informal questions about this post can be directed to the Hiring Manger, Dr Michael Barany, Principal Investigator, via email at [email protected] Applicants are not expected to read the detailed project background and proposal document before applying, but it is available by request from Dr Barany.

    As a valued member of our team you can expect:

    An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme , staff discounts, family friendly initiatives , flexible working and much more. Click to access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

    The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

    Interviews will typically be held 2-3 weeks after the closing date.

    If invited for interview you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our right to work webpages

    The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role. If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office's English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa.

    About Us

    As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow's greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.

    About the Team

    The School of Social and Political Science (SPS) is one of the largest and most successful schools of social science in the UK, with global reach and local and global impact. Our goals are to promote excellence in education, research and innovation. The School comprises six Subject Areas plus a number of research and teaching centres and institutes, and a number of cross-Subject consortia and other units. The academic staff complement currently numbers c.200fte. Our staff profile is multi-disciplinary across the key social sciences with a strong and growing international orientation. The School has c. 1,100 undergraduate students on its programmes of study, over 500 taught postgraduates, and over 300 doctoral researchers.

    The School's primary aim is the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and understanding of social science. We provide an outstanding educational environment and support the highest quality research. We deliver excellence in discipline-based and interdisciplinary programmes. In addition, as a School, we play a leading role in delivering learning opportunities for students across the University to engage with current global challenges and uncertainties and in equipping students with the social science tools and lenses they need to become active, responsible and critical global citizens and leaders. Building upon established strengths in the cross-subject areas of sustainable development, international development, quantitative methods, and global health the School is centrally involved in the University's Global Development Academy and Global Justice Academy, and contributes to the Global Academies of Health and of Environment and Society.

    In REF 2014, the School returned 96% of its eligible staff from Professors to early career researchers; a strategy that combined excellence with inclusion. All four Units of Assessment to which SPS contributed were rated amongst the top eight in the UK, and number one in Scotland, for their breadth and quality of research. Overall 36% of our research activity was classified as world leading with a further 41% assessed as internationally excellent. For two of those four Units of Assessment – Politics and International Relations, and Social Policy and Social Work – the whole of the research environment achieved the highest possible rating and was judged to be world leading.

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