Appointment of two posts at Senior Lecturer, Reader or Professor level in Pure Mathematics


Dear candidate

Thank you for your interest in joining the Department of Mathematics at the University of Manchester. The University is a diverse, international community of over 12,000 staff and over 40,000 students. It is a place with a rich history of pure and applied research, where students experience outstanding teaching and learning, helping them to develop into tomorrow’s leaders, and where all activity is enriched by a commitment to social responsibility. The Academic Ranking of World Universities currently rates Manchester as the 35th best university in the world and 5th best in the UK.

The University’s Department of Mathematics is one of the larger integrated mathematics schools/departments in the UK, with approximately 80 permanent academic staff, 30 research assistants and fellows, 1,200 undergraduate students and 250 postgraduate students. Based in the purpose-built Alan Turing Building, the Department provides a friendly, supportive and collegial environment that fosters world-class research and teaching.

We are now inviting applications for two positions in Pure Mathematics at Senior Lecturer, Reader or Professorial level. We are looking for experienced mathematicians of outstanding ability who will contribute to the continued development of the Pure Mathematics Group and to the life of the Department of Mathematics, in the School of Natural Sciences. Applicants are sought in any area of pure mathematics that complements or extends existing expertise in the Department. Applicants should have a vision for the future of pure mathematics within the School of Natural Sciences and the potential to provide leadership to achieve it.

Applicants should have an established track record of outstanding research in pure mathematics and a genuine commitment to, and enthusiasm for, teaching, research and the development of others.

We offer the opportunity to work in one of the UK’s great cities, in a thriving Department of Mathematics and a Pure Mathematics Group that is seeking to grow and further develop its research and teaching profile.

Our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley would be delighted to discuss the role with you. Their details can also be found on this site. I would also be delighted to speak to you and I can be reached at

The University of Manchester is a truly exceptional and special place, and you can find out more about the University and the Department of Mathematics role on this site. I do hope that you will express an interest in joining us.

Yours faithfully

Professor Charles Eaton
Head of the Pure Mathematics Group


About the University of Manchester

The University of Manchester was formed in 2004 by combining the Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST.  It is the largest non-federal university in the UK, with an annual income of over £1 billion, over 12,000 staff and over 40,000 students. It and its predecessor institutions have a distinguished history of research and teaching, tracing back to 1824 and having produced 25 Nobel laureates. Research highlights include Rutherford’s work on splitting the atom (leading to the 1908 Nobel prize for physics), the world’s first stored-program computer (the Manchester University Mark I), the world’s first steerable radio telescope (at Jodrell Bank), the birth of chemical engineering, and most recently the discovery of graphene (leading to the 2010 Nobel prize for physics).  The Academic Ranking of World Universities currently rates Manchester as the 35th best university in the world and 5th best in the UK. The University has more than half a million alumni in 190 countries.  The University is a partner of the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.

You can find out more about the University on our website here.

You can also hear what the University of Manchester means to our Chancellor, the award-winning writer and broadcaster Lemn Sissay MBE:

Our structure

The University is divided into Faculties, Schools, Institutes and hundreds of specialist research groups, all of which undertake pioneering multidisciplinary teaching and research of worldwide significance.  The Faculties, Schools, Institutes and research group are supported by a broad range of professional service teams and functions. The University’s academic structure is:

Faculty of Humanities

Alliance Manchester Business School; School of Arts, Languages and Cultures; School of Environment, Education and Development; School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

School of Biological Sciences; School of Health Sciences; School of Medical Sciences

Faculty of Science and Engineering

School of Engineering; School of Natural Sciences, which is home to the Department of Mathematics.

Our Future

Our new vision and strategic plan for The University of Manchester will take us into our third century. It builds on a rich heritage of discovery, social change and pioneering spirit that is at the heart of our University and our city region:

The city of Manchester

Manchester is the largest city in Northern England, with a metropolitan area population of over 2.5 million. Traditionally a commercial and industrial powerhouse, and birthplace of the industrial revolution, today it is also a cosmopolitan centre of education, media, arts and sport. Internationally famed for spectator sport and nightlife, it also has world-class facilities for music, participation in sport, arts and shopping. Direct rail links connect to cities across the UK, and the international airport provides direct flights across Europe and to major hubs worldwide. Just outside the city, the Peak District National Park provides some of the country’s best-loved terrain for outdoor activities, while the Yorkshire Dales, Snowdonia and Lake District National Parks are also easily accessible.

The Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics is one of the larger integrated mathematics schools/departments in the UK, with approximately 80 permanent academic staff, 30 research assistants and fellows, 1,200 undergraduate students and 250 postgraduate students. Based in the purpose-built Alan Turing Building, the Department provides a friendly, supportive and collegial environment that fosters world-class research and teaching. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 90% of the Department’s research was rated as internationally excellent or world-leading.

The Department is divided for management purposes into three groups, with focus respectively on Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Probability & Statistics.

The Manchester Institute for Mathematical Sciences (MIMS) provides a focus for research activities in the Department.  It has dedicated space for research activities, including two seminar rooms, a hot-desking area, an AccessGrid room, and offices for research visitors.

Research in the Department is loosely organised into the following themes: Probability, Financial Mathematics and Actuarial Science; Statistics, Inverse Problems, Uncertainty Quantification and Data Science; Analysis, Geometry & Dynamical Systems; Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing; Mathematics in the Life Sciences; Algebra, Logic and Number Theory; and Continuum Mechanics.  Interfaces between these areas are porous and the University offers numerous opportunities for interactions with other disciplines. The Department offers a suite of MSc courses and a vibrant programme of research seminars.  Dedicated research space in the Alan Turing Building also allows the Department to host numerous visitors, conferences and workshops.

You can read more about the Department here.

The role

Senior Lecturer, Reader or Professor in Pure Mathematics (two posts)

Job Title: Senior Lecturer, Reader or Professor in Pure Mathematics (two posts)
Reports to: Head of Pure Mathematics Group
Organisation Unit: Department of Mathematics


The successful applicant will be expected to enhance the international reputation of the Department and University by:

  • undertaking high quality research, in collaboration with colleagues in the University and other institutions as appropriate, and publishing the results in world-leading journals, books or other appropriate outlets;
  • attending relevant conferences and workshops, presenting papers, and disseminating recent research results;
  • seeking grants and funding to support their research from relevant bodies;
  • seeking to attract and supervise postgraduate research students and research assistants, associates and fellows;
  • contributing to the research life of the Department of Mathematics by participating in and organising research events and activities;
  • undertaking knowledge transfer or industrial engagement activities that enhance the impact of research;
  • attracting distinguished visitors to the Department;
  • providing leadership to colleagues to enhance pure mathematics research;
  • managing staff in such a manner as to enhance their research and maximise their career development.

In addition to the above, appointments at Professorial level will be expected to:

  • maintain a high international reputation based on research within their field;
  • develop and stimulate research activity within their field and more broadly across the Department and School;
  • contribute significantly to the organisation and management of the Department.


The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to the delivery of a world-class educational programme by:

  • working independently and with colleagues to teach undergraduate and postgraduate students by means of lectures, seminars, tutorials and examples classes, assuming responsibility for courses where appropriate, including delivery of blended learning;
  • supervising undergraduate and postgraduate projects in pure mathematics;
  • setting and marking assignments and examination papers in accordance with the Department’s agreed procedures;
  • developing teaching material and learning experiences for students in the light of current educational practice;
  • participating in the planning and development of courses within the framework of Departmental, School and Faculty committees;
  • acting as an academic advisor to undergraduate students in accordance with the Department’s current practice;
  • supervising postgraduate students in their research and in their preparation of dissertations and theses.
  • providing leadership in the development and delivery of teaching to students in the Department.


The successful applicants will undertake managerial and administrative tasks attached to their responsibilities in teaching and research, and any others as requested by the Head of the Department of Mathematics, commensurate with their background and experience.

Other Requirements

  • Depending on previous experience, successful applicant may be required to attend the University’s training programme for new academic staff.
  • All staff are expected to adhere to all policies and procedures of the University including those relating to Equal Opportunities, Harassment, Health and Safety, and Smoking at Work.
  • Candidates will be expected to contribute from time to time in outreach activities or other forms of external engagement.



It is essential that the individuals appointed have:

  • a PhD or equivalent research experience in pure mathematics;
  • a strong record of original research in an area of mathematics of strategic importance to the Department, evidenced by high quality publications in internationally leading journals and appropriate esteem indicators;
  • a track record of securing external research funding commensurate with career stage and background;
  • evidence of a sustained track record of excellent teaching at undergraduate and/or post-graduate level;
  • experience of successful supervision of postgraduate research students and taught post-graduate dissertations;
  • experience of successful service and leadership;
  • the skills to communicate effectively with staff, students and external collaborators.

For appointment as Professor, in addition to the above essential requirements for Senior Lecturer/Reader, the individual must have:

  • evidence of recognition as an internationally leading researcher in pure mathematics;
  • the ability to present an inspiring vision for research in their field, demonstrating an understanding of current and future research challenges and priorities.

It is desirable that the individuals appointed have:

  • the ability to serve as a role model to students and staff from a broad range of backgrounds;
  • evidence of a record of development in the content, delivery or assessment of the curriculum;
  • evidence of a sustained track record of obtaining funding to support their research;
  • evidence of ability to lead a successful research group;
  • experience of knowledge transfer via interaction with industry or public engagement.

Terms of appointment

The salary range for Senior Lecturer/Reader is £52,559 to 62,727 per annum (with progression to £68,529 for Reader).  Salaries for appointment at Professorial level are competitive and negotiable.

The post holder will join the University Superannuation Scheme (USS).

The Department of Mathematics and University are committed to the well-being and work-life balance of all staff. We have a package of family-friendly policies covering flexible working, career breaks and entitlement to paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave. You can see details on these and other benefits here.

The Department is fully committed to Athena SWAN principles to promote women in science and is a supporter of the LMS Good Practice Scheme; more details of our activities relating to Social Responsibility can be seen here.

This is a full-time post but applications from individuals seeking part time, job share or flexible working arrangements are welcome.

How to apply

Anderson Quigley is acting as an employment advisor to the University. An executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.

Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley: Imogen Wilde on +44 (0)7864 652 633 or Elliott Rae on +44 (0)7584 078 534; or enquiries may be made to the Head of the Pure Mathematics Group, Professor Charles Eaton at

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday, 22 October 2021.

Shortlisting will take place in early November 2021 and you will be advised of the outcome once shortlisting is complete.

Applications should consist of:

  • A full CV.
  • Brief research and teaching statements (maximum two sides A4 each, excluding references).
  • Details of three referees, though please note that we will not approach your referees without your prior consent and only should you be shortlisted.
  • An Equal Opportunities monitoring form which can be completed online here.

Completed applications should be emailed to quoting the reference AQ1213.