Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Employment Opportunities in Math & Stats

2021 Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunities

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Friday, January 29th, 2021

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics anticipates having several undergraduate research assistantship positions, including some through the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards* program, available for the summer of 2021. These positions are open to current undergraduate students in mathematics and statistics, mathematics and engineering or related fields from Queen’s University or elsewhere. If you have a strong academic record and are interested in gaining research experience in the mathematical sciences we invite you to apply.

A list of available research projects offered by our department can be found here.  Successful applicants will be expected to work for 16 consecutive weeks, on a full-time basis (35 hrs/wk), between May and August.  Remuneration will be a minimum of $7,980** for the entire work term for full-time assistantships.

If you are interested in being considered for a research position, please submit the following to Rianna Lewis by the deadline.

  • A copy of your CV/resume.
  • A ranked list of the projects in which you are interested being considered.  Please include project titles and a brief statement explaining why you are interested in and qualified for each project ranked.  
  • Copies of transcripts for any studies not completed at Queen’s; transcripts are not required for any studies completed at Queen’s.

Submission method:  Electronically only as one PDF to

Eligible students will be considered for the NSERC USRA program.  Students selected for an NSERC USRA will be required to complete Form 202 and provide official, up to date (with fall 2020 grades) copies of all transcripts, including for studies completed at Queen’s.

USRA recipients will be selected in accordance with the objectives of that program.  All applicants will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Academic record;
  2. Research aptitude and/or potential;
  3. Fit/qualifications for the selected project.

Successful applicants will be contacted by 26 February 2021.

The number of positions will depend on the number of qualified applicants and the number of awards/amount of funding available.

*Information about the USRA program, including eligibility conditions and general application instructions can be found on the NSERC website.   Students selected for an NSERC USRA will be required to complete and submit FORM 202, Part I using the NSERC Online systemInstructions on completing this form can be found here.   You will be required to upload an official copy of transcripts for all universities attended.  Note that you should not upload a copy of the legend for Queen’s University.  Transcript legends for all other universities must be uploaded.  Part II of the application will be completed by the Department. 

**Before any applicable taxes and deductions.  This amount includes $4,500 from NSERC for those selected for a USRA.


Three-year Postdoctoral Positions

Applications are invited for one or more three-year postdoctoral positions beginning July 1, 2021. The successful candidates will be expected to contribute to both the research and teaching activities of the Department. Contributions to research include pursuing independent and/or collaborative projects, and participating in seminars and other research activities of the Department. Teaching duties typically consist of teaching two one-semester courses per year. The combined annual salary for research and teaching is at least $55,000 CAN. Postdoctoral fellows will also receive $2,000 per year for research related travel as well as employee benefits including dental, supplementary medical, and childcare benefit. Postdoctoral fellows may choose to participate in the Queen’s Pension Plan in their third year of employment.

The candidate's research should be in one of the existing areas of strength of the Department. In pure math and statistics these include algebraic geometry, number theory, representation theory, invariant theory, dynamical systems, free probability, theoretical and applied statistics, and mathematical physics. In applied math these include information theory, coding theory, control theory, and mathematical biology.

Further details on the departmental research profile can be found at the department's web page listing research areas.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a research statement, a teaching statement, and have at least four letters of recommendation (one of which addresses teaching). All applications should be submitted through Applications received by January 15, 2021 will receive full consideration. Candidates are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty member whose research area matches their own.

Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons.