Curriculum Vitae
Full name
Julia Wolf
Contact
Employment
• 2022  present: Professor of Pure Mathematics, Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, University of Cambridge, UK
• 2018  2022:
Associate Professor [until 2021: University Lecturer], Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, University of Cambridge, UK
• 2018  2022:
Fellow (Class B), Clare College, University of Cambridge, UK
• 2013  2018: Heilbronn reader in combinatorics and number theory, University of Bristol, UK
• 2013  2015:
Associate professor (with tenure), École polytechnique, Paris, France [on leave]
• 2010  2013:
Hadamard associate professor, École polytechnique, Paris, France
• 2008  2010:
Triennial assistant professor, Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
• 2008 (autumn):
Postdoctoral fellow, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley, CA
• 2008 (summer):
SPUR mentor/MITES instructor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
• 2007  2008:
Member, School of Mathematics, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ
Education
• 2012:
Habilitation à diriger des recherches, Université ParisSud (Orsay), examining committee: E. Breuillard, B. Green, E. Fouvry, H. Helfgott, B. Host, A. Plagne.
• 2003  2008:
Ph.D., Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, University of Cambridge, under the supervision of W.T. Gowers, FRS.
• 2002  2003:
Clare College, University of Cambridge: Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics with Distinction (Part III of the Mathematical Tripos).
• 1999  2002:
Clare College, University of Cambridge: BA (Hons) Mathematics (First Class).
Visiting positions
• 2025 (spring):
Research Professorship, Simons Laufer Mathematical Sciences Institute, Berkeley
• 2024:
Centre for Advanced Mathematics, American University of Beirut
• 2022 (winter):
Department of Mathematics, University of Chicago
• 2017 (spring):
Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, Berkeley
• 2013 (autumn):
Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, Berkeley
• 2011 (autumn):
Erwin Schrödinger Institute, Vienna
• 2011 (spring):
Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge
• 2006 (spring):
Visiting graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA, USA, under the supervision of B.J. Green
• 2005 (autumn):
Predoc position at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain, with O. Serra. Sponsored by the EU Marie Curie Research Training Network COMBSTRU
Awards, honours and distinctions
• 2024: Pilkington Prize, University of Cambridge
• 2024: Atiyah Fellowship, London Mathematical Society
• 2020: Forder Lectureship, New Zealand and London Mathematical Society
• 2016: Anne Bennett Prize, London Mathematical Society
• 2015: Shortlisted as 1 in 3 for Outstanding Teaching Award in the Faculty of Science, University of Bristol
• 2008: Hartley Rogers Jr. Prize, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• 2003: Robins Prize, Clare College, University of Cambridge
• 2002: Harry Paten Scholarship in Mathematics and Owst Prize for Mathematics, Clare College, University of Cambridge
External funding
• 2020: Clay Mathematics Institute Enhancement Programme, with G. Conant and C. Terry.
• 2020: Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research Focused Research Group Grant, with G. Conant and C. Terry.
• 2016: Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research Focused Research Grant, with T. Bloom.
• 2015: semesterlong research programme on Pseudorandomness at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, Berkeley, to be held Spring 2017, with J. Fox, B. Green, R. Impagliazzo, L. Trevisan and D. Zuckerman
• 2014: LMS conference grant "Celebrating new appointments".
• 2012  2015: ANR programme Blanc CAESAR, with E. Breuillard, A. Granville, H. Helfgott, A. Plagne et al.
• 2003  2007: Gates Cambridge Scholarship, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Languages
• Human:
English, French, and German fluent, working Spanish and Italian, basic Arabic. Latin diploma.
• Programming:
Mathematica, C, and enough HTML, PHP and JavaScript to maintain this website.
Publications
For a list of my publications, please see my publications page.
Organisation of seminars and conferences
• Coorganiser of the workshop "Structure and Randomness  a celebration of the mathematics of Timothy Gowers", Isaac Newton Institute, University of Cambridge, April 2024, with D. Conlon, B. Green, T. Sanders, M. Walters, A. Zsák.
• Coorganiser of the workshop "Combinatorics Meets Model Theory", 20th24th June 2022, with G. Conant and C. Terry.
• Organiser of a MiniSymposium on "Additive Combinatorics" at the British Combinatorial Conference, 29th July2nd August 2019.
• Coorganiser of an AMS Special Session on "Recent Advances in Regularity Lemmas", 16th17th January 2019, with G. Conant and R. Patel.
• Coorganiser of "Arithmetic Ramsey Theory in Manchester", 10th13th September 2018, with J. Fox and S. Prendiville.
• Coorganiser (chair) of a semesterlong research programme on "Pseudorandomness" at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, Berkeley, to be held Spring 2017, with J. Fox, B. Green, R. Impagliazzo, L. Trevisan and D. Zuckerman.
• Coorganiser of a Heilbronn Focused Research Group on "Recent breakthroughs using the polynomial method", 19th23rd September 2016, with T. Bloom.
• Coorganiser of the BMC 2016 Special Session in Combinatorics, with T. Bloom.
• Coorganiser "Combinatorics meets ergodic theory", workshop at Banff International Research Station, 20th24th July 2015, with B. Kra and N. Frantzikinakis.
• Coorganiser BristolOxford 1day meeting in additive combinatorics, University of Bristol, biannually
since September 2014, initially supported by a Celebrating New Appointments grant of the LMS,
now with B. Green and T. Browning.
• Coorganiser (chair) of the workshop "Finding Algebraic Structures in Extremal Combinatorial Configurations" at IPAM, Los Angeles, 19th23rd May 2014, with E. Breuillard, B. Green, J. Solymosi and T. Tao.
• Coorganiser of the workshop "Neoclassical methods in discrete analysis" at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, 2nd6th December 2013, with L. Trevisan.
• Coorganiser of the international conference "Additive Combinatorics in Paris" at the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris, 9th13th July 2012, with A. Plagne, E. Balandraud, B. Girard and W. Schmid.
• Coorganiser of the 1day colloquium "Journée Combinatoire et Informatique" at École polytechnique, 4th July 2012, with B. CharronBost.
• Organiser "Groupe de travail en combinatoire arithmetique", IHP, 20112013.
• Coorganiser of the Discrete Math Seminar at Rutgers, spring and autumn 2009, together with V. Vu.
• Coorganiser of the Analysis Seminar at the Institute for Advanced Study, Spring 2008, together with T. Sanders.
Seminar talks, colloquia and conference presentations
For a list of all invited seminar talks, colloquia and conference presentations have given, please see my talks page.
Research supervision
• 2023  present: supervising doctoral student Joe Deakin, University of Cambridge.
• 2020  present: supervising doctoral student Leo Versteegen, University of Cambridge.
• 2019  present: supervising doctoral student Valeriia Gladkova, University of Cambridge.
• 2014  2018: supervised doctoral students L. Rimanic and P.Y. Bienvenu, University of Bristol.
• 2014  2018: mentored Heilbronn fellows B. Barber, T. Bloom, and F. Skerman, University of Bristol.
• 2014: supervised undergraduate summer research project of A. Saad, University of Bristol.
• 2013: supervised masters thesis of P.Y. Bienvenu (Master 2), Ecole normale supérieure.
• 2012  2013: mentored postdoc P. Candela, joint with H. Helfgott.
• 2012: supervised stage de recherche of E. Naslund (Master 1) at Ecole polytechnique; results of this project were presented at the CMS Winter Meeting 2012 and won a graduate student poster prize.
• 2008: supervised research projects of C. Link and Y. Lin at MIT as part of the "Summer Program in Undergraduate Research" (SPUR); both received a departmental award and one resulted in a peerreviewed publication.
Research degree examination
• 2023: external Ph.D. examiner of D. Altman, University of Oxford.
• 2021: external Ph.D. examiner of B. Kuca, University of Manchester.
• 2021: external assessor of the habilitation thesis of O. RocheNewton, University of Linz.
• 2020: member of the doctoral thesis committee of D. GonzálezSánchez, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
• 2020: external Ph.D. examiner of J. Aaronson, University of Oxford.
• 2016: external Ph.D. examiner of P. Mazur, University of Oxford.
• 2014: internal Ph.D. examiner of T. Bloom, University of Bristol.
• 2013: external Ph.D. examiner of O. RocheNewton, University of Bristol.
• 2012: member of the doctoral thesis committee of N. de Saxcé, Université ParisSud (Orsay).
Teaching
For more details on individual courses, please access my teaching pages via the menu.
• In Lent 2024, I taught Introduction to Additive Combinatorics in Part III of the Mathematical Tripos.
• In Michaelmas 2021, 2022 and 2023, I taught Numbers and Sets in Part IA of the Mathematical Tripos.
• In Easter 2021, I taught a graduate course on "Higherorder uniformity and applications".
• In Lent 2019 I taught a graduate course on "Connections between model theory and combinatorics".
• In Michaelmas 2019 and 2020 I taught Number Theory in Part IIC of the Mathematical Tripos.
• In the autumn of 2015 I designed and taught a new 3rd year project unit entitled "Ramsey theory on the integers" at the University of Bristol; nominated by the School of Mathematics for a University teaching award.
During the academic year 20152016 I had curriculum oversight and overall responsibility for 3rd/4th year undergraduate course "Topics in discrete mathematics" at the University of Bristol, taught by Heilbronn research fellows.
• During the spring semester 2015 I designed and taught a new 2nd year undergraduate course in "Combinatorics" at the University of Bristol; shortlisted for a studentled teaching award in the Faculty of Science.
• During the autumn semester 2014 I designed and taught a new graduate course entitled "Analysis of points and lines" at the University of Bristol, as part of the Taught Course Centre, transmitted live to Oxford, Imperial, Bath and Warwick.
• During the spring semester 2014 I taught a 1st year undergraduate course entitled "Further topics in analysis" at the University of Bristol, as well as weekly smallgroup tutorials in pure mathematics.
• During the autumn semester 2013 I taught a graduate course entitled "Introduction to additive combinatorics" at the University of Bristol, as part of the Taught Course Centre.
• In the spring semesters 2012 and 2013 I designed and taught a new graduate course (Master 1) at École polytechnique entitled "Mathématiques discrètes, combinatoire arithmétique et codes (MAT562)". Over the two semesters I supervised a total of 9 accompanying reading projects (of Part IIIessay type).
• In the spring semester 2011 I taught Petites Classes for "Analyse Réelle et Complexe (MAT311)" at École polytechnique.
• In the autumn semester 2010 I taught Petites Classes for "Distributions, Fourier Analysis and Dynamical Systems (MAT431)".
• During the summers of 2008 and 2010 I taught "Advanced (multivariable) Calculus" in the program Minority Introduction To Science and Engineering (MITES) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
• During the spring semester 2010 I designed and taught a graduate course entitled "Topics in Probability and Ergodic Theory: Arithmetic structure in the integers and the primes (592)" at Rutgers.
• During the spring and autumn semesters 2009 I taught "Mathematical Theory of Probability (477) and Calculus II for the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (152)" at Rutgers.
College teaching
• 2021  2022: Numbers and Sets (IA), Analysis and Topology (IB)
• 2020  2021: Groups (IA), Numbers and Sets (IA), Analysis (IA), Complex Analysis (IB)
• 2019  2020: Groups (IA), Complex Analysis (IB), Number Theory (IIC)
• 2018  2019: Groups (IA), Complex Analysis (IB)
• 2003  2007: Analysis I (IA), Probability (IA), Analysis II (IB).
Public engagement
• 2020: Forder Lectures, various locations, New Zealand.
• 2019: Oxford Mathematics Public Lecture, University of Oxford.
• 2018: British Mathematics Colloquium public lecture, University of St Andrews.
• 2017: Annual Coulter McDowell Lecture, Royal Holloway.
• 2016: LMS Popular Lectures, London and Birmingham.
• 2015: Ada Lovelace Day public lecture and interview with Bristol 24/7.
• 2012: Images des Mathématiques, CNRS.
• 2011: La nuit des chercheurs, Ecole polytechnique.
• 2009: PiClub, Rutgers University.
• 2009: Mathematical Ideas and Careers Lecture series, Rutgers University.
• 2004: Dilettante Society, Clare College, with Sir N. Barrington.
Widening participation
• 2018: PROMYS lecture, University of Oxford.
• 2016: Women in mathematics: Opportunities for the future, University of Bristol.
• 2014: Prospects in Mathematics, University of Oxford.
Refereeing and reviewing
• 2021  present: Editor of the Journal de Théorie des Nombres
• 2017  present: Associate Editor of the Journal of Combinatorics
• 2015  2023: Founding editor of the arXiv overlay journal Discrete Analysis
• 2013  present: Editor of the Online Journal of Analytic Combinatorics.
• 2016  2021: Member of the editorial board of Integers.
• Reviewer for mathscinet (41) and Zentralblatt MATH (22).
• Referee for various journals, including Duke Math. J., Proc. Lond. Math. Soc., Trans. Amer. Math. Soc., Proc. Amer. Math. Soc., Adv. Math., Math. Res. Lett., Int. Math. Res. Not., Israel J. Math., J. Anal. Math., Proc. Edinb. Math. Soc., Glasg. Math. J., Collect. Math., Electron. Res. Annouc. Math. Sci., Math. Proc. Cambridge Philos. Soc., Forum Math. Sigma, Ann. Comb., Finite Fields Appl., J. Combin. Theory Ser. A, J. Comb., Electron. J. Combin., Combinatorica, SIAM J. Comput., Des. Codes Cryptogr., J. ACM.
• Referee and panel member for various grant agencies, including EPSRC, US National Security Agency, USIsrael Binational Science Foundation, Israel Science Foundation and the French Ministry of Research and Higher Education.
Other professional activities
• 2022  present: Chair of the British Combinatorial Committee
• 2021  present: Elected member of the British Combinatorial Committee
• 2018  2023: Director of Taught Postgraduate Education, Faculty of Mathematics, University of Cambridge.
• 2019  2021: Member of the External Advisory Board, Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research, University of Bristol.
• 2015  2018: Associate Chair of the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research, University of Bristol.
• 2016: Coauthor of EPSRC landscape document in Combinatorics, with D. Kuhn and D. Kral.
• 2012  2013: Coordinator "stages de recherche" for the masters MATINF at École polytechnique.
• 2012  2015: Elected member of the Comité de département at École polytechnique.
• 2012  2015, 2015  2018: Elected member of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Members of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.
• Member of the London Mathematical Society and European Women in Mathematics.
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