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Job no: 534432
Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Canberra / ACT
Categories: Academic

Classification: Academic Level B
Salary Package: $99,809 – $113,165 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Terms: Full-time, fixed term (4 years)

About the Mathematical Science Institute (MSI)

The Mathematical Sciences Institute is one of the leading mathematics departments in Australia. Ranked first in Australia and 31st in the world in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by subject.

The Mathematical Sciences Institute (MSI), within the College of Science, aims for research and educational outcomes of the highest quality.  The Institute comprises approximately 52 academics and eight professional staff members and is located in a new modern, sustainable, award winning building with state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities.  The MSI has research strengths in a broad range of areas, including algebraic geometry, representation theory, number theory, algebraic and geometric topology, non-linear partial differential equations, harmonic analysis, geometric analysis, computational mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematical physics and probability/stochastics.

The Institute offers a variety of courses and programs catering to undergraduate, honours and postgraduate students. The ANU also offers two research-focused degrees for undergraduate mathematics students. The recently introduced Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences is expanding student numbers in the mathematics major, and the elite Bachelor of Philosophy degree attracts a significant number of the very best undergraduates. The MSI offers the most comprehensive undergraduate coursework offerings in mathematics in Australia and supports students through scholarships and prizes. The MSI currently teaches 1840 undergraduate coursework students, and there is a combined total of 91 students in the Honours, MSc, MPhil and PhD programs.

The MSI is strongly committed to improving the gender balance amongst staff and students.  MSI is taking proactive action towards this goal by reserving one of the distinguished fellowships for females only, named the Hanna Neumann MSI Fellow. Female applicants will be considered for all available positions.

For further information about the Mathematical Science Institute, please visit

Position overview

The Mathematical Sciences Institute is seeking to offer a number of fixed term appointments at the Academic Level B (Level B equates to the position of Assistant Professor within the United States of America).

These prestigious Fellowships are established for early career academics to pursue their research-focused career in any field of mathematics, preferably in the research interests that align with one or more of the existing research programs.

Applicants are expected to have an outstanding record in research, teaching and administration relevant to the level of their application. The positions involve some teaching both in the candidate’s area of specialisation and standard mathematics undergraduate courses, however this will be at a reduced level. These Fellowships will have access to an annual research support grant to cover start-up costs, visitors and conference travel.

Joint appointments with other parts of the University are a possibility, depending on their fit with other research groups at ANU.

The Mathematical Sciences Institute sits within the ANU College of Science. To see what the Science at ANU community is like, we invite you to follow us on social media at and

MSI is committed to improving the gender balance amongst staff and students in the Field of STEM.  As part of this initiative, the Institute is taking a proactive action towards this goal by opening the Hanna Neumann MSI Fellowship to female applicants only. This is an equal employment opportunity measure aiming to increase representation of women within the field of mathematical sciences and other science disciplines.

For enquiries about the application process, or if you require reasonable adjustments to apply for this role, please contact our HR team for a confidential conversation E: T: +61 2 6125 4138.

For further information regarding the role please contact Professor Peter Bouwknegt, Director, Mathematical Science Institute, E:

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

The Australian National University is a world-leading institution and provides a range of lifestyle, financial and non-financial rewards and programs to support staff in maintaining a healthy work/life balance whilst encouraging success in reaching their full career potential. For more information, please visit

Application information

MSI is accepting applications through the ANU jobs portal by following the link on the ANU jobs page, and three reference letters submitted on

Please ensure that you upload the following documents with your ANU application:

  • A covering letter or statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV), including a publication list.
  • A research and teaching vision statement describing achievements and future career plans.
  • At least three (3) current letters of recommendation. The references should be uploaded by the referees to

The selection committee plans to finalise shortlisting by early January and would like to interview candidates, via Skype/Zoom, in the week commencing 10 February 2020 with an expected commencement date during 2020.

Applications which are not submitted through the ANU jobs portal may not be considered for the role.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

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