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Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed term)

Mathematical Sciences

University Park

£30,487 to £45,585 per annum (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £33966 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.

Closing Date
Wednesday 31 July 2024


We are looking for a researcher, whose expertise lies in mathematics education, to work with Chris Brignell on Mapping Mathematics in Higher Education.  This project is one element of an ongoing analysis of mathematics education in England at Advanced and Higher levels, itself part of the ambitious programme of work being undertaken by the Observatory for Mathematical Education.   The main aim of this mapping project is to survey the undergraduate offer for mathematics degrees (including joint honours) based on documentary analysis of materials available to those students considering mathematics degrees.  This project will employ appropriate analytic techniques to map the undergraduate maths offer across the UK. The aim is to develop a typology that includes important dimensions such as curriculum, choice, assessment, teaching methods and support.  The finding of the research will be published in the summer of 2025 and inform the next stages of the Observatory’s work on mathematics education in universities.

We believe that talented and inclusive teams deliver the highest quality research and are seeking applications from high quality candidates who enhance the diversity of our existing team.  The School is committed to creating opportunities for people traditionally under-represented in Mathematical Sciences and strives to maintain an environment where people can be their authentic selves.

You will be able to carry out duties to the highest standard and to evidence how through your experience you will: 

  • Undertake original research of international excellence.
  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own and/or collaborative research area.
  • Prepare papers for publication in leading journals and/or contribute to the dissemination at national/international conferences, workshops and meetings resulting in successful research outputs.

We are looking for a confident, organised researcher who can evidence:

  • A PhD, or equivalent in mathematics, education or a closely related discipline.
  • OR near to completion of a PhD
  • The ability to produce research of high quality in mathematics education or closely related discipline.
  • Excellent oral communication, written communication and organisational skills 
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Networking, actively engaging with and valuing other areas and diverse groups.

This post is available from 1st September 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter, and will be offered on a fixed-term contract until 31st July 2025. Hours of work are full-time (36.25 hours) ; however applications are also welcome from candidates wishing to work part-time (minimum 18.13 hours per week). Please specify in your application if you wish to work part time and the number of preferred hours. Job share arrangements may be considered. Many of our team have flexible working patterns so we’re open to discuss flexible working arrangements with you.

Requests for secondment from internal candidates may be considered on the basis that prior agreement has been sought from both your current line manager and the manager of your substantive post, if you are already undertaking a secondment role.

If it sounds like you would be a good fit, we look forward to hearing from you.

Interviews will take place w/c 19th August.

For information about the School of Mathematical Sciences and the Observatory for Mathematical Education see: and

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Chris Brignell email: Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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