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Research Fellow - Mathematical Optimization

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University of Southampton

Job Title: Research Fellow in Mathematical Optimization
Operational Research
Location: Highfield Campus
Salary: 30,942
Full Time Fixed Term (until 31/01/2023)
Closing Date: Monday 25 January 2021
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: 1317220PJ

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow in Mathematical Optimization, based at the University of Southampton.

The post is a key part of a new research project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The aim of the project is to develop theoretically sound approximations for two-level optimal value functions and study their applications to solve pessimistic bilevel optimization problems.

Subsequently, practical implementations of the developed techniques will be applied to case studies based on open source data sets and from some of the partners of the project.

The partners of the project are the Alan Turing Institute for data science and artificial intelligence, Transport for London, and Decision Analysis Services Ltd.

This full-time position is until 31/01/2023, with a possibility to extend for up to another year, provided further funding is secured.

Funding will be available to take part in key international conferences in optimization, for memberships in some leading organizations in optimization.

Limited relocation cost can also be covered.

The successful applicant must have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Operational Research, Mathematical Optimization or any related area, the ability to pursue research independently and as part of a team, and a track record of high-quality original research.

Expertise in nonsmooth optimization, nonconvex optimization, and/or computational optimization would be advantageous.

The Research Fellow will be affiliated to the Operational Research Group (one of the four research groups of the School of Mathematical Sciences at Southampton; further information can be found at and the Centre for Operational Research, Management Science and Information Systems (CORMSIS).

CORMSIS is one of the largest and strongest groups of OR/MS/IS researchers in Europe.

Its Statistics and Operational Research ranks among the top 40 in the world and among the top 10 in the UK (QS subject rank 2020).

The centre has many contacts with industry as well an extensive academic network and has a strong track record of published research work.

The position is tenable from 1 February 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications should include a Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications, a brief (<1 page) statement of research interests and the names and addresses of three referees.

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.

The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.

Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Informal enquiries can be made at any time to Dr Alain Zemkoho via email or telephone: +44 23 8059 3863.

Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at .

The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above.

If you need any assistance, please call Elizabeth Cessford (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750 or email

Please quote reference 1317220PJ on all correspondence.

Status: Research Fellow
Location: Southampton, UNITED KINGDOM
Advert Published: 5 Jan 2021
Expiry date: 25 Jan 2021
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