Postdoctoral Researcher in Mathematics: Geometry and arithmetic arising from knot homology

Aalto University, School of Science | Espoo, Finland


Aalto University is where science and art meet technology and business. We shape a sustainable future by making research breakthroughs in and across our disciplines, sparking the game changers of tomorrow and creating novel solutions to major global challenges. Our community is made up of 13 000 students, 400 professors and close to 4 500 other faculty and staff working on our dynamic campus in Espoo, Greater Helsinki, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community. Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis is an international highly regarded academic community of more than 100 employees, with around 20 professors, 10 lecturers, 20 postdocs, and 45 doctoral candidates. Our department has a particularly welcoming culture, nurturing innovativeness and communication among our international and diverse faculty. The Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis at Aalto University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Mathematics: Geometry and arithmetic arising from knot homology We are looking for a candidate with a strong research background in one or more of the following areas: algebraic geometry, representation theory, arithmetic geometry, automorphic forms, number theory, low-dimensional topology, symplectic geometry, quantum field/string theory, and algebraic combinatorics. Possible research topics include: - The local(-to-global) theory of automorphic forms - Algebraic geometry around curve counting invariants and their categorification - Geometric representation theory - Arithmetic geometry in equal and mixed characteristic - The relationship between algebraic geometry and Floer theory, in particular motivic integration - The physical mathematics of supersymmetric gauge theories The expected start date for the position is September 1, 2024, or earlier, and the tentative duration of the position is two years, with an option to renew the contract subject to mutual agreement. The initial starting salary for a postdoc with no prior experience is 3887 eur/month, together with occupational healthcare. Additionally, for this position, competitive travel funding is available. The applicant is expected to hold a PhD degree in mathematics or theoretical physics. A research level proficiency in English, both written and spoken, is expected. We offer a diverse, international, and open research environment. We expect the candidate to contribute to the excellent research and teaching environment at Aalto. The candidates must be able to carry out independent work at a competitive international level. The position will be supervised by Assistant Prof. Oscar Kivinen (, whose research group is part of the Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis at Aalto ( In addition to the various research groups at Aalto, there are strong interactions between the department and that of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Helsinki. Please send your application as a single PDF file through the eRecruitment system via the link ‘Apply now’ at Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. The application portal will be closed latest on December 15, 2023. Your application should include the following documents in English: - Cover letter - Research statement - CV - List of publications - PhD certificate (or an estimated graduation date if the degree is not completed) In addition, 1-3 letters of recommendation are required. They should be sent to Minna Westerlund ( directly by the writer of the letter. We do not accept letters submitted by the applicant. Aalto University is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, disability, and age. We encourage applications from all suitably qualified persons from all sectors of the community. For additional information on the position, contact Oscar Kivinen ( For submission related queries, contact Johanna Glader (

Last updated: 15 November 2023

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