Research Officer in Algorithms and Optimisation

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Department of Mathematics


Research Officer in Algorithms and Optimisation


Salary from £37,197 to £44,802 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £48,168 pa inclusive of London allowance


This is a fixed term appointment for 12 months, with the possibility of a further extension of 6 months subject to funding.


LSE’s Department of Mathematics is looking to appoint a Research Officer to contribute to two research grant projects: the ERC Starting Grant “Scaling Methods for Discrete and Continuous Optimization”, working with Principal Investigator Prof. László Végh, and the NWO Vidi Grant Project “Usable Algorithms for Network Optimization”, working with Principal Investigator Dr Neil Olver. The research focus will be on the ERC project during the first part and on the NWO project during the second part of the duration of the contract. The anticipated start date is 1 September 2022, but earlier or later start dates may be possible. More information about the scope of the projects and the research interests of the webpages and


The successful applicant will:

  • Hold (or be near completion of) a PhD in a discipline relevant to optimisation, such as Mathematics, Computer Science, or Operations Research by post start date.
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge and experience in the theoretical and algorithmic understanding of fundamental problems in optimisation.
  • Show evidence of developing a body of good quality publications, in well-recognised peer reviewed outlets, through independent original research.
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills, including an ability to place one's specialist work within a broader context and to communicate research findings effectively to a range of audiences.
  • Have the ability to analyse and research complex ideas, concepts or theories.
  • Have the ability to take a significant role in pursuing the activities and objectives of the research project.


Other criteria that will be used when shortlisting for this post can be found in the person specification, which is attached to this vacancy on the LSE’s online recruitment system.


We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.


For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification.


To apply for this post, please go to If you have any technical queries with applying on the online system, please use the “contact us” links at the bottom of the LSE Jobs page. Should you have any queries about the role, please email the principal investigators of the projects, Prof. László Végh ( and Dr Neil Olver (


The closing date for receipt of applications is 13 May 2022 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

Research Officer in Algorithms and Optimisation