Early Career Forum

EPSRC are looking for new members for our Mathematical Sciences Early Career Forum

Opening date: 20/11/2020
Closing date: 18/01/2021
Tag: Expression of interest
Related theme: Mathematical Sciences

EPSRC is seeking applications from Early Career academics, industrialists and from individuals working in the third sector and government organisations to join our Mathematical Sciences Early Career Forum.

The Mathematical Sciences Early Career Forum acts as an informal advisory stream to EPSRC. Members are advocates for EPSRC within the community and provide a broad perspective of the needs and views of the Mathematical Sciences community, offering opinion across the breadth of the Theme.

Open vacancies

The Mathematical Sciences theme has specific vacancies open in the below areas:

  • Mathematical Scientist User - Industrialist, 2 vacancies
  • Pure Mathematics – Academic, 2 vacancies
  • Operational Research – Academic, 1 vacancy
  • Mathematical Analysis – Academic, 1 vacancy
  • Mathematical Physics – Academic, 1 vacancy
  • Statistics and Applied Probability – Academic, 1 vacancy

We are looking to recruit around 8 new members in this exercise, and we have a particular aspiration to improve the diversity of the Forum.

Further information on the Forum and its current membership is available below on this page.

Quotes from our members

“Being a member of the Maths ECF has been an excellent experience. It really showcases the willingness of EPSRC to listen to input from all involved and is a chance for early career academics to not only be informed about but actually contribute to shaping EPSRC initiatives. Additionally, it is a good opportunity to make connections to colleagues that you would not otherwise cross paths with.” 

Tobias Grafke, Current ECF Member

“It was useful to hear directly from the EPSRC on a number of issues and it gave me broader appreciation and context for what they do.  It was also beneficial to meet many of the other members.  We were a varied group, both geographically and academically, and I enjoyed getting to know everyone and sharing our different perspectives.  The staff who I met during this period were very helpful and friendly and the experience made me feel more connected to the EPSRC on a number of levels.”

Jonathan Fraser, Former ECF Member

Submitting an application

The expression of interest form can be found at the bottom of this page. Please consult the call document for full details (also at the bottom of this page).

Applicants should submit their form response by the deadline of 16:00 on 18/01/2021.

Please note: You will not receive a receipt of submission of the expression of interest.


This call invites Expressions of Interest (EOIs) which will be assessed at an EPSRC shortlisting panel

Activity Date
Deadline for expression of interest 18/01/2021
Shortlisting Late January 2021
Inform applicants of outcome Early February 2021
Next meeting of Early Career Forum March 2021


Mathematical Sciences Early Career Forum Membership 2019-20

The Mathematical Sciences Early Career Forum was established in 2014 as a way for EPSRC to interact with researchers in the early stages of their career in order to share information on EPSRC policy and process. The forum is also an opportunity for early career researchers to network with colleagues from across the country, interact with senior academics that have a strong connection to EPSRC and to discuss future EPSRC strategy related to the Mathematical Sciences.

Aims of the forum

The aims of the forum are as follows:

  • To develop early career researchers understanding of EPSRC, including strategic priorities and funding mechanisms.
  • To act as an informal advisory stream regarding EPSRC's Mathematical Sciences strategy, allowing early career mathematical scientists the opportunity to develop strategic influence and communication skills
  • To identify and support future research leaders in the Mathematical Sciences.
  • To develop relationships with early career researchers who will become future advocates for EPSRC.

Members of the forum

Current members of the forum are:

Mirela Domijan University of Liverpool
Marc Goodfellow University of Exeter
Tobias Grafke University of Warwick
Jason Laurie Aston University
Sean McGinty University of Glasgow
Claire McIlroy University of Nottingham
Christopher Nemeth Lancaster University
Rachel Newton University of Reading
Fabian Spill University of Birmingham


There will be opportunities to join the forum annually through a call for expressions of interest.


Please contact nishtha.agarwal@epsrc.ukri.org or maths@epsrc.ukri.org for further information.