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Research Officer in Algorithms and Optimization

London School of Economics
Contract Type
Fixed Term
£35,432 pa inclusive of London allowance
Expiry Date
This is a fixed term appointment for 1 year, with possible further extension.

Job Description

LSE Department of Mathematics is looking to appoint a Research Officer on the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant Project “Scaling Methods for Discrete and Continuous Optimization” (‘ScaleOpt’) working with Principal Investigator Dr László Végh. Please see the brief summary of the project on our webpage:


The Research Officer will contribute to the research objectives of the “ScaleOpt” project, by conducting substantive individual research and developing new results in the theory of algorithms and optimization. The main objectives of the project are developing new scaling methods in discrete and continuous optimization, and extending the limits of strongly polynomial computability.


Applicants should:


  • By January 2019, hold (or be near-completion of) a PhD in a discipline relevant to optimization, such as Mathematics, Computer Science, or Operations Research.
  • Demonstrate research interests and comprehensive knowledge in areas relevant to the project ScaleOpt: the theoretical foundations of discrete and continuous optimization, with a particular focus on strongly polynomial computability.
  • Show evidence of developing a body of good quality publications, in well-recognised peer reviewed outlets, through independent original research.
  • Have the ability to develop a coherent programme of research and establish models in the context of the research project
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills, including an ability to place one's specialist work within a broader context and to communicate research findings effectively to a range of audiences.


Applicants will be expected to work as part of a research team.


We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.


For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification.


To apply for this post, please go to If you have any technical queries with applying on the online system, please use the “contact us” links at the bottom of the LSE Jobs page. Should you have any queries about the role, please email the principal investigator of the ScaleOpt project, Dr László Végh at


The closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 14th November 2018 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.