Lecturer in Mathematical Sciences

Lecturer in Mathematical Sciences (Financial Mathematics) Cardiff School of Mathematics Applications are invited for a Lectureship in Mathematical Sciences (Financial Mathematics) in the School o

Lecturer in Mathematical Sciences (Financial Mathematics)
Cardiff School of Mathematics

Applications are invited for a Lectureship in Mathematical Sciences (Financial Mathematics) in the School of Mathematics at Cardiff University. This is a full-time, open-ended post starting on 1st October 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

You will have expertise aligned to at least one of the School’s existing research groups and will have an established research record in any area of statistics, operational research or mathematics. This post is being created to support our BSc course in Financial Mathematics and our MSc courses in Operational Research, Applied Statistics and Financial Risk. You will be expected to contribute to the teaching of these programmes and to supervise MSc projects in finance related areas, possibly with external partners. This post is part of an ongoing expansion of the School which has seen a significant increase in the number of undergraduates, postgraduates and staff over the last five years.

The School of Mathematics is a research-led School in Cardiff University, one of the UK’s leading universities, with a reputation for internationally excellent research and high-quality teaching. In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Cardiff University was ranked 5th in the UK in terms of the grade point average (GPA) of its overall quality profile and 2nd for Impact. http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/mathematics

This position is a full-time position, 35 hours per week and is open ended.

Salary range: £33,797 – £40,322 per annum (Grade 6)

The post is available from 1st October 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

We particularly welcome applications from females as they are under-represented with Cardiff University in this field.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Tim Phillips (phillipstn@cardiff.ac.uk) or Professor Maggie Chen (chenJ60@cardiff.ac.uk)

Date advert posted: Monday, 26 July 2021

Closing date: Monday, 30 August 2021

This post has previously been advertised to employees of Cardiff University only. We now invite external applications.

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

“Cardiff University is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions we will evaluate applicants on the quality of their research, not publication metrics or the identity of the journal in which the research is published. More information is available at:https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/research/our-research-environment/integrity-and-ethics/responsible-research-assessment

Main Functions of Post

To deliver high-quality and research-led teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and contribute to the research record of the School through commitment to carrying out research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research, teaching and enterprise and to inspire others to do the same.

Main Duties and Responsibilities


  • To conduct research within Operational Research, Statistics or Mathematics and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in international academic journals and conferences, development of impact case studies, and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students.

  • To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals.

  • To give conference/seminar papers at a local, national and international level

  • To participate in School research activities.


  • To design and deliver high quality teaching programmes for courses and contribute to module development as part of a module team.

  • To carry out other forms of scholarship including work associated with examinations (setting and marking paper and providing constructive feedback to students), administration, participation in committee work, and the pastoral care of students of Cardiff University

  • To inspire undergraduate and postgraduate students under the guidance of a mentor / module leader and develop skills in assessment methods and in providing constructive feedback to students.

  • To supervise the work of students including the supervision of Undergraduate and Master’s students and the co-supervision of PGR’s.

  • To act as a Personal Tutor and provide pastoral support to students


  • To engage effectively with professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., nationally and internationally to raise awareness of the School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its national and international profile.

  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance in the role of Lecturer.

  • To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world.

  • To ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements in respect of equality and diversity, data protection, copyright and licensing, security, financial and other University policies, procedures and codes as appropriate.

  • To take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and of other persons who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, EC directives and the University’s Safety, Health and Environment Policies and Procedures.

  • You may be asked to perform other duties occasionally which are not included above, but which will be consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education

1. Postgraduate degree at PhD level in Mathematics, Statistics or Operational Research or a related subject area

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

2. An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within Mathematics or research fields.

3. Evidence of teaching experience at undergraduate level

4. Knowledge of current status of research in specialist field

5. Proven ability to publish in international journals

6. Proven ability to be successful in competitive research funding

7. Ability to contribute to the delivery and continued development of modules across the Schools teaching programmes

Pastoral, Communication and Team Working

8. Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication

9. The ability to provide appropriate pastoral support to students, appreciate the needs of individual students and their circumstances and to act as a personal tutor

Desirable Criteria

1. Relevant professional qualification(s).

2. Proven ability to work without close supervision

3. Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.

4. Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the teaching and research activities of the School.

5. A willingness to take responsibility for academically related administration.

Additional Information

Financial Mathematics
The financial mathematics group in Cardiff comprises a group of academics interested in fundamental and interdisciplinary research with real impact on the finance industry and communities. Our interests span a wide spectrum of finance research including but not limited to time series and stochastic risk modelling and pricing, portfolio theory and asset management, insurance, behavioural finance, financial markets and market microstructure, financial networks and stability and financial regulation (e. g. fraud detection). Recently, the group has started to work in the FinTech area, exploring new topics such as cryptocurrency trading and cybersecurity risk, AI in finance, green finance, and financial inclusion, with strong collaboration with academics across other disciplines and institutions as well as business organisations and government agencies.
The School recently established an innovative BSc Financial Mathematics degree program which combines a classical training in mathematics, statistics, and financial theories with contemporary topics about financial products, market, modelling techniques, risk management, trading strategies, regulation, financial networks, and financial technology. Students equipped with these versatile knowledge and skill sets can progress into a range of roles within the finance sector such as asset managers, analysts, and traders.

School of Mathematics
The School of Mathematics is a research-led School in Cardiff University, one of the UK’s leading universities, with a reputation for internationally excellent research and high quality teaching. In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Cardiff University was ranked 5th in the UK in terms of the grade point average (GPA) of its overall quality profile. The School is scheduled to move into a new building ‘Abacws’ in August 2021 co-located with the School of Computer Science and Informatics. The building has been designed in collaboration with students and academic staff to create interdisciplinary, flexible and creative workspaces, with innovative teaching areas being a key feature.

The School has six main research groups: Applied and Computational Mathematics; GAPT: Geometry, Algebra, Mathematical Physics and Topology; Mathematical Analysis; Mathematics Education; Operational Research; and Statistics. We are an internationally recognised centre of excellence for research in the mathematical sciences. In REF 2014 the School was ranked joint 19th out of 53 submissions with a GPA of 3.08 in the Mathematical Sciences Unit of Assessment. All of the research submitted was rated at least ‘internationally recognised’ with 90% rated as either ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. A distinctive feature of the submission was that 100% of our research was rated as ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ for its impact in terms of its reach and significance. We have provided solutions to contemporary issues such as data security and hospital waiting times.

The School engages with industry, young people and the wider community to make our innovative research accessible to a wider audience. The School has a long-standing culture of applied research and direct engagement with a wide range of industrial, government and commercial organisations such as the NHS, Hewlett Packard and the Office for National Statistics.

The School offers a lively postgraduate environment, with a significant number of postgraduates working in its specialist areas. Undergraduate students are offered a wide choice of degree programmes, covering an extensive and exciting range of mathematics and its applications. All students join a thriving mathematical community where excellent facilities, tuition of the highest quality, and a friendly supporting environment may be enjoyed.

More details on the School can be found at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/maths/

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