Post Doctoral Fellow

Toronto Metropolitan University

Department: Mathematics
Position supervisors: Professors Kunquan Lan (Toronto Metropolitan University) and Jianhong Wu (York University)
Contract length: 1 year
Hours of work per week:  36.25
Position type: Term Vacancy
Start Date: January 13, 2023
Rate of pay: $35,000 per annum plus benefits

About Toronto Metropolitan University

At the intersection of mind and action, Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson) is on a transformative path to becoming Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Toronto Metropolitan University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

As an employer, we’re working towards a people first culture and we’re proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employer for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. To learn more about our work environment and innovative educational environment, visit, check out @RyersonU, @RyersonHR, and @RyersonECI on Twitter, and visit our LinkedIn company page.

About the Department

The Faculty of Science (FOS) is a powerhouse of leading-edge applied research and education located in the heart of Downtown Toronto. We deliver high-quality education that produces workforce-ready graduates and we conduct vital research that improves the quality of lives around the globe. FOS is committed to interdisciplinary teaching and research across our four departments – physics, chemistry and biology, computer science, and mathematics. To learn more, visit, Twitter: @TorontoMetSci and Instagram: @TorontoMetSci.

The Department of Mathematics is a growing, dynamic group of researchers and educators, focused on 21st century mathematics. The department offers high quality undergraduate and graduate programs focusing on modern applicable mathematics. Our Financial Mathematics BSc is the only such undergraduate program in Toronto. Our research spans discrete mathematics and graph theory, financial mathematics, fluid dynamics, mathematical biology and applied statistics. To learn more, visit

The Faculty of Science especially welcomes applications from individuals who self identify as women, Black, Indigenous or a racialized person, who will be integral towards serving our highly diverse student population.  If you identify in one of the former groups, we encourage you to self-identify in your cover letter.  This is truly an exciting time to join our Faculty as we embark on our strategic planning guided by the values of equity, diversity and inclusion and with a firm belief that diversity is our strength. We are building a culture of recognizing and celebrating diversity and welcome you to join us as we define a new paradigm of success for us in the world of science.

About the team

For information about the program, department and team please see our websites: and

The opportunity

The joint postdoctoral fellow program in Department of Mathematics at Toronto Metropolitan University with the Laboratory for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (LIAM) at York university seeks highly motivated candidates for a Postdoctoral Fellow position, to work on research in the areas of the fixed point theory in product Banach spaces, fractional differential equations, elliptic partial differential equations and applications to population models.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with LIAM and will be expected to teach courses depending on availability.

The position is for a period of one year, with the potential for extension considered on a yearly basis thereafter.  Benefits will be offered alongside the one-year contract.

You will:

  • Document results of the studies in comprehensive reports and present them at meetings and conferences and preparation of manuscripts for publication.

  • Work closely with Professor Lan’s team and LIAM to accomplish project goals. 

Qualifications and Essential Job Functions:

  • Ph.D. in mathematics with knowledge of fractional differential equations, elliptic and/or parabolic partial differential equations, fixed point theories, and mathematical biology.

  • Possess strong team skills in a collaborative and transparent working environment.

  • Respect, understand, and value individual differences that embody the principles of diversity.

  • Abide by all environment, safety, and health regulations. 

Application Instructions:

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Research Statement

  • Publication List

  • Three Reference Letters. At least one of these letters should report on the candidate’s teaching abilities

For general information about this position, please contact Professor Kunquan Lan at with “Postdoctoral Fellow Application” in the subject heading.

How to apply

Please email your application to Professor Kunquan Lan at In the subject line please indicate: “Postdoctoral Fellow Application” and upload the following as one PDF document:

Cover letter outlining how exactly you meet the above qualification requirements

Research Statement

  • Curriculum Vitae including the list of publications

  • Three Reference Letters. At least one of these letters should report on the candidate’s teaching abilities

  • Interviews will take place virtually online or in person

We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only candidates who are invited to an interview will be contacted

Work Location

This is expected to primarily work on campus at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Toronto Metropolitan University’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

We encourage all First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples or Indigenous peoples of North America, to self-identify in their applications and also reach out to Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead for support during the selection process.