Chair of the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research

University of Bristol

United Kingdom

Chair of the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research

The Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research (HIMR) is seeking to appoint an outstanding academic leader to sustain and develop a major national institute of excellent international standing. The Chair will support and nurture the research of the talented group of mathematicians and mathematical scientists that HIMR has brought to Bristol, London and Manchester, and he or she will make a significant contribution to strengthening the UK mathematics community.


This leadership role is a part-time one occupying 50% of a working week.


There is considerable flexibility in the arrangements for taking up the post. For example, as the leadership role is a part-time one, it may be possible for a suitably qualified candidate to combine the post with a professorial research appointment at the University of Bristol. The job could also be taken up on secondment from an existing home institution.


If this post is combined with a professorial research position then a generous personal research allowance will be provided to cover travel, conference attendance etc. in support of the post-holder’s research activities.


This position will rotate approximately every three years. A flexible and competitive salary package is available.


Qualities required

  1. Excellent leadership abilities (e.g. ability to chair and drive a recruitment network of senior mathematicians and make things happen).
  2. Strong reputation as a mathematical scientist with high credibility in UK mathematics.  Well connected within UK academia.
  3. Charismatic, approachable and persuasive with good people skills.
  4. Determination to make improvements; innovative and receptive to new ideas.
  5. Ability and willingness to convey to the external community a strong enthusiasm and vision for HIMR’s contribution to UK mathematics.
  6. Broad mathematical sympathies.  A strong commitment to mentoring and nurturing early career mathematicians.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 19th May 2019. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 2nd July 2019.


Due to the nature of the Heilbronn Institute's work, a candidate must satisfy vetting before appointment. UK resident UK nationals will normally be able to meet this condition: other potential applicants should consult the Heilbronn Manager (see below) about their eligibility before applying.


To discuss any aspect of the post, please initially get in touch with Ms Chrystal Cherniwchan, Heilbronn Manager, who can then also advise on other appropriate contacts, via, or telephone: (+44) (0)117 221 5563.


The University of Bristol is a founder member of the Royal Society Athena SWAN (Scientific Women's Academic Network) Charter which recognises excellence in STEMM employment in higher education, with particular regard to gender equality. The School of Mathematics is an Athena SWAN Silver Award holder and supporter of the LMS Good Practice Scheme aiming at advancing women’s careers in mathematics.

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