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Salary Level A: AUD 81K – 87K (plus up to 17% employer superannuation contributions plus leave loading).


Applications are invited for postdoctoral research in the field of the geometry of discrete and continuous integrable systems. This research forms part of the ARC Discovery Project "Discrete Projective Differential Geometry: Comprehensive Theory and Integrable Structure".

Discrete differential geometry constitutes a relatively new and active area in mathematics which uses concepts and tools of a variety of mathematical fields. The term ‘discrete differential geometry’ reflects the interaction of differential and discrete geometry. Discrete differential geometry aims to identify canonical discrete equivalents of geometric objects and methods with a view to developing an autonomous ‘discrete’ analogue of the theory of classical differential geometry. It turns out that discretisations which, whenever possible, preserve the integrable structure residing in a geometric object or notion are of key importance in this connection.

It is expected that the successful applicant will undertake original research in the above-mentioned and related areas, leading to publications in reputable international journals.

Essential requirements for the position include a PhD in mathematics or any other relevant discipline, or being close to completion of a PhD; a demonstrated ability to undertake independent research; excellent computing and communications skills; and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a research team.

This is a full time (35 hours per week) fixed-term position for 2-3 years.

The applicant may be required to undergo pre-employment checks prior to appointment.

Applicants should address the selection criteria found within the position description, in their online application. A research statement should also be included detailing research to date, and a description of expertise and interest in (discrete) differential geometry and integrable system theory.

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Wolfgang K. Schief, School of Mathematics and Statistics, on telephone +61 2 9385 3131 or email:


Applications close: 7 February 2014

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