Life at ThinkTank Maths
A Company of Collective Intelligence
Here at ThinkTank Maths we think of ourselves as a collaborative research and technology laboratory rather than a hierarchical commercial entity. Our greatest results are achieved thanks to the collective intelligence of our diverse team. Working together allows us to combine our individual knowledge and strengths — it’s challenging and it’s fun.
This philosophy extends to all aspects of ThinkTank Maths. The company’s flat structure means that suggestions and new ideas are welcome from everybody, whether they concern the office environment, complex research projects or new outdoor adventures.
We are also committed to the personal development of each team member. A quarterly review helps everybody to build upon their strengths and assess their areas for further development in order to achieve their full potential. A program of monthly meetings with newcomers helps new members of the team to settle in and feel at home.
“ThinkTank Maths has given me an opportunity to do research in an unrestricted way and to tackle relevant, interesting and challenging problems.”Aram, Researcher
“Mathematics has a tremendous ability to help us make sense of the world; this is what drives our work at ThinkTank Maths.”Callum, Researcher
“I enjoy having my mathematical horizons broadened and it is intellectually fulfilling working at ThinkTank Maths.”George, Researcher
“I am always learning new intriguing problems. ThinkTank Maths have given me a new angle to look at the real world.”Kirill, Researcher
“The great thing about doing research at ThinkTank Maths is the freedom to concentrate on interesting and crucial mathematical problems without the worries and distractions that are typically associated with a research career in academia.”Matt, Researcher
“We work hard and do a lot of fun things.”Geraldine, Office Manager
Working for ThinkTank Maths is an interesting endeavour, where you get to work with intelligent and passionate individuals in order to tackle interesting challenges, and be supervised by people who truly care about your wellbeingJordan, Researcher
Well-Being and Adventures
ThinkTank Maths cares about everybody’s general well-being. Active brains need sustenance, and the office is well-stocked with free tea, coffee, organic fresh fruit and dark chocolate.
Hillwalking, golf, water sports on our doorstep – monthly events in the summer season give everyone a chance to explore Scotland’s beautiful landscapes and try out something new. In the winter we clear our heads with lunchtime walks, exploring science, art, and architecture in Edinburgh’s landmarks, galleries and museums. As we all come from different parts of the world, it is a great way to get to know the city and the country.
And, everybody gets a chance to enhance our work environment in the rotating role of Office Ranger. Projects range from creating new artwork to decorate the office to organising our quarterly themed dinners. For example, we celebrated Yuri Gagarin’s first spaceflight at the office with a feast of Russian food and entertainment. Burn’s Night is always celebrated with a feast of haggis, ‘neeps and tatties’, music and poetry and washed down (for those who like it) with a good Malt. Whatever you’re passionate about, as the Ranger you have the opportunity to share it with everyone.