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Research Officer in Algorithms and Optimisation

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Department of Mathematics


Research Officer in Algorithms and Optimisation


Salary from £36,647 to £44,140 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £47,456 pa inclusive of London allowance


This is a fixed term appointment for 24 months.


LSE’s Department of Mathematics is looking to appoint a Research Officer on the NWO Vidi Grant Project 'Usable Algorithms for Network Optimization' working with Principal Investigator Dr Neil Olver. The start date is flexible, but not later than September 2021. More information about the scope of the project and the research interests of Dr Neil Olver can be found at http://nolver.net.


The successful applicant will:

  • demonstrate research interests and comprehensive knowledge in areas relevant to the project: Usable Algorithms in Network Optimization”: the theoretical and algorithmic understanding of fundamental problems in discrete optimisation.
  • show evidence of developing a body of good quality publications in well-recognised peer reviewed outlets through independent original research, and be able to communicate their research findings effectively to a range of audiences
  • hold (or be near completion of) a PhD in a discipline relevant to optimisation, such as Mathematics, Computer Science, or Operations Research by the start date of the post
  • have the ability to analyse and research complex ideas, concepts or theories
  • have evidence of good time and workload management and planning skills, setting priorities and committing to delivery within deadlines

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.


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 investigator of the project, Dr Neil Olver (N.Olver@lse.ac.uk).


The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 22 January 2021 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.