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The Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics is seeking to employ a research engineer in extremal combinatorics and/or discrete probability. The position is full-time for 24 months, with a starting date to be agreed on by the successful applicant and the department. Last application date is 2017-04-09.

Duties and responsibilities
You will work in extremal combinatorics and/or discrete probability as part of a research project on extremal problems for hypergraphs and discrepancy financed by the Swedish Research Council. More specifically, you will read and present research papers, work on solving mathematical problems, carrying out proof strategies and theoretical calculations, and help prepare results for publication in the form of research articles. If you have the relevant programming skills you may also be asked to implement algorithms and perform computer-based tests.

Skills and qualifications
Applicants must hold at minimum a master’s degree in mathematics or equivalent.

A strong background in discrete mathematics, as well as excellent communication skills in both written and spoken English and the ability to work with others are required. Documented experience of work in the areas of extremal combinatorics and/or discrete probability is highly desirable. In assessing applications, a particular emphasis will be laid on skills and expertise in the fields of extremal combinatorics and/or discrete probability.

Terms of employment
The position is full-time for 24 months, with a starting date to be agreed on by the successful applicant and the department.

How to apply
You should apply via our online recruitment system by 2017-04-09 at the latest. You may log in and apply via the link at the bottom of this page.

Your application should contain:

  • A cover letter (maximum 3 pages) describing yourself, your mathematical background and the research areas, tools and techniques in discrete mathematics that you are familiar with. You may also briefly describe your current research projects.
  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV), including a list of publications and preprints.
  • Copies of (at most 5) publications, preprints or thesis chapters illustrating scientific skills and competence relevant to the position.
  • Contact details of at most two reference persons who are familiar with your work and/or qualifications.

For more information about the position, please contact Dr. Victor Falgas-Ravry or Associate Head of Department Docent Åke Brännström, (+46) 90-786 78 62,

Research at the Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics is conducted within mathematics, mathematical statistics, mathematics education and computational mathematics. Important cooperation partners include the Umeå Institute of Technology, the biological, forestry and medical departments, Umeå School of Business and Economics, the University Hospital, and industry. We provide education at all levels with a particular focus on engineering and civil engineering programs.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment By agreement
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-395-17
  • Victor Falgas Ravry,, (+46) 90 7867802
  • Åke Brännström,, (+46) 90 7867862
Union representative
  • SACO, (+46) 90 7865365
  • SEKO, (+46) 90 7865296
  • ST, (+46) 90 7865431
Published 17.Mar.2017
Last application date 09.Apr.2017 11:59 PM CET

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