18 Feb 2022

Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Mathematical Modelling of Air Purifiers for COVID-19 Mitigation at Oxford

We invite applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work with Professor Ian Griffiths (University of Oxford, Mathematical Institute) and Dr Katerina Kaouri (Cardiff University, School of Mathematics) on an exciting project involving the mathematical modelling of air purifiers for COVID-19 mitigation. The results may inform policy-making for the COVID-19 pandemic. The position is based at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, and is full time, fixed-term until 30th September 2022.

The successful candidate will conduct research as part of a project to develop comprehensive mathematical models of the transmission of COVID-19 in indoor spaces, particularly in educational environments, focusing on modelling air purifiers and CO2 monitors. The models will involve analytic and numerical solutions of advection–diffusion–reaction equations and computational fluid dynamics to model air flow, contaminant transport and filters. They will write up their results for publication, present papers at conferences and contribute ideas for new research projects, whilst also managing their own academic research and administrative activities.

You will have, or be close to completing, a PhD in mathematics or a related discipline and possess the independence and ability to undertake high-quality research. You will have expertise in mathematical modelling using partial differential equations, fluid mechanics and computational fluid dynamics, alongside excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

We proudly hold a departmental Athena SWAN Silver Award and an institutional Race Equality Charter Bronze Award, which guide our progress towards advancing racial and gender equality. As part of our strategic aim to improve staff equality and diversity, we would particularly welcome applications from women and BAME candidates, who are currently under-represented in positions of this type within the department.

Please direct informal enquiries to the Recruitment Coordinator (email: vacancies@maths.ox.ac.uk ), quoting vacancy reference 155968.

Applicants will be selected for interview purely based on their ability to satisfy the selection criteria as outlined in full in the job description. You will be required to upload a statement setting out how you meet the selection criteria, a curriculum vitae including full list of publications, a statement of research interests, and the contact details of two referees as part of your online application. (NOTE: Applicants are responsible for contacting their referees and making sure that their letters are received by the closing date).

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. To apply for this vacancy and for further information, including a job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below:


Only applications received before 12.00 noon UK time on Monday 28th February 2022 can be considered.