This blog has been sadly neglected in recent months, and there are several posts that I’ve been meaning to write when I find more free time. But rather than writing any of those right now, I would like to make two announcements:

- I will be leaving my current job at UCL in Spring/Summer of this year to start a new one as Professor for Differential Geometry and Global Analysis at Humboldt University in Berlin. Relatedly:
- I have two
**postdoc positions**to offer.

Here are some details on the second point. The first thing I should make clear is that if you cannot either speak German or imagine yourself learning enough of it to **teach problem classes in German** after a year, then you probably shouldn’t get your hopes up. I’ve had a couple of inquiries already from people who don’t know any German — what I say in these cases is that if you’re a sufficiently good fit and are enthusiastic about coming to Berlin and learning enough German to teach in your second year, then we may be able to find enough English-language teaching duties to get you through the first year, though I can’t make any promises. If you’re not too discouraged yet, then read on.

The two jobs are *Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter* positions attached to my new research group in symplectic topology at the HU, with fixed-term contracts for 5 or 6 years. Both have a start date of August 1, or as soon as possible thereafter, and the application deadline for both is March 29. Both also have light teaching duties, which can vary along a spectrum between teaching one 90-minute problem class (*Übung) *per week and teaching lecture courses on geometry or topology for undergraduates, or more specialized courses for Master’s students.

There is a slight difference between the two positions:

- Position 1 (reference number
*AN/026/16*) is a 2/3-position for up to 6 years, which is the standard type of postdoc position at the HU. (Being 2/3 means it is paid a bit less than a “full” position, but this also makes the teaching duties lighter, and unlike the place I’m moving from, living costs in Berlin are still affordable.) - Position 2 (reference number
*AN/025/16*) is a “full” position for up to 5 years, so the pay is higher than a 2/3 position, and the teaching load is also slightly higher (though a lot less than a regular faculty position). In theory, this one is intended for someone at a slightly more advanced level in their career, though we can be flexible on this detail.

I would encourage anyone who thinks they might be suitable for either of these positions to submit identical applications for both. Below are English versions of the official job adverts, including links to the (legally binding) German versions.

**Update 29/2/2016:** Since I’ve been asked about this, I should clarify that sending the application materials in English is perfectly fine, even though the official job adverts are in German.

*Position 1 **(2/3 part time, fixed-term for up to 6 years, reference number AN/026/16):*

**Job description**: Research and teaching in the research group for differential geometry and global analysis, in particular in the field of symplectic topology; collaboration on research projects

**Requirements**: PhD in mathematics; expertise in symplectic or contact topology; ability to teach in German is also required

Applications (including CV, publications list, description of current and planned research, details of previous teaching experience, and at least two letters of recommendation) should be sent electronically under reference number *AN/026/16* to Prof. Wendl at the Institute for Mathematics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, wendl@mathematik.hu-berlin.de.

**Application deadline**: March 29, 2016

Please visit our website for access to the legally binding German version:

*Position 2 **(full time, fixed-term for up to 5 years, reference number AN/025/16):*

**Job description**: Research and teaching in the research group for differential geometry and global analysis, in particular in the field of symplectic topology; collaboration on research projects

**Requirements**: PhD in mathematics; expertise in symplectic or contact topology, preferably with an established track record of research in these fields; ability to teach in German is also required

Applications (including CV, publications list, description of current and planned research, details of previous teaching experience, and at least two letters of recommendation) should be sent electronically under reference number *AN/025/16* to Prof. Wendl at the Institute for Mathematics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, wendl@mathematik.hu-berlin.de.

**Application deadline**: March 29, 2016

Please visit our website for access to the legally binding German version: