Job at King’s College

Konni Rietsch writes to me

The Department of Mathematics at King’s College London is advertising a permanent Lectureship in the area of geometry with application deadline the 27th of July.  

Further information can be found at:

King’s College London, part of the University of London, is based in central London with its mathematics department located in the Strand campus, next to the river Thames and surrounded by theatres and art galleries.

More information about King’s College London can be found on

Information on the department and its research groups can be found on


For those not familiar with British academic ranks, my understanding is that a permanent lectureship is the first stage leading to a professorship; and that the term “professor” at a British University is far more prestigious than at an American one.

I haven’t been to King’s College myself, but I am a frequent user and admirer of Konni’s work on total positivity. Looking through their department, I see a lot of a lot of geometry and representation theory, including classical Lie Theory, mapping class groups, Langlands, quantum groups and higher category theory. I also see a lot of number theory/arithmetic geometry, including Diamond, and a lot of mathematical physics. If you like the Secret Blogging Seminar, you might fit in very well there.

3 thoughts on “Job at King’s College

  1. The first step on the British academic ladder is lecturer, followed by senior lecturer, reader and professor. Note that we don’t have the tenure system, but there may be a probationary period when you start as a lecturer for perhaps three years.

  2. But things are changing: my university is in the process of merging “senior lecturer” and “reader”. More confusing, they are starting to use the same terminology as North American universities, say “Assistant professor”, “Associate professor” and “Professor”, corresponding to what used to be “Lecturer”, “Senior Lecturer/Reader” and “Professor”.

    For people moving between systems, it’s worth bearing in mind that in the UK, I believe that almost all “Assistant Professor” positions are actually permanent (unless clearly stated otherwise) once the probation has been passed, and that probation is often simply a formality. I think this contrasts to that an assistant professor position might mean in the US.

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