UK Nonlinear News, February 1998

Situations Vacant

Postdoctoral Research Assistantship

University of Bath

As part of an EPSRC funded project on Integral-invariance principles & universal adaptive control a 3 year Postdoctoral Research Assistantship will shortly become available within the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Bath. Candidates should have expertise in one of the following areas: control theory, differential equations, dynamical systems, nonlinear analysis. The anticipated start date is September 1998. For further information, informal enquiries should be addressed to:

H. Logemann (
E.P. Ryan (

Source: H. Logemann (

Postdoctoral Position

Brigham Young University, United States

The Nonlinear Analysis Laboratory (NAL) at Brigham Young University announces a possible one year (one year renewal possible) post doctoral position for the 1998-1999 academic year, starting date: Sept. 1, 1998. The NAL is associated with the Department of Mathematics. Professor Peter Bates is currently the director of the NAL. Requirements include a recent Ph.D. in mathematics and demonstrated research ability in nonlinear science (laboratory emphasis is in partial differential equations.) Duties involve research and teaching. To ensure full consideration, applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, official transcripts and at least three letters of recommendation before January 1, 1998 to:

Recruitment Committee Chair
Department of Mathematics
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah 84602.
BYU is one of the largest private universities in the U.S. and is sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Applications from women and minorities are especially welcome; BYU is an equal opportunity employer. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S. The successful applicant will be expected to conform to the BYU honour code.

Source: Professor Peter W. Bates (

EC Postdoctoral Fellowships

Warwick-Cambridge-Queen Mary & Westfield

One or more EC postdoctoral research fellowships (for a total of about 18 months to be completed by September 1999) are available to a Warwick-Cambridge-Queen Mary & Westfield consortium for research into Nonlinear dynamics of spatially extended systems. Usual EC restrictions apply (EC citizen, not UK, age under 35). Contact or or

Source: Robert MacKay

Research Fellowship

University of Strathclyde

Applications are sought for a research fellowship to investigate the application of nonlinear control methods to variable speed wind turbines. Wind turbines are complex nonlinear systems and their regulation is a challenging control task. In particular, it is necessary both to accommodate the strongly nonlinear aerodynamic characteristics and to meet changing control objectives as the wind conditions vary. This leads to a requirements for controllers which include both nonlinear and switched elements. Whilst effective nonlinear control strategies have been developed using physical insight, the objective of the present project is to place these on a more rigorous analytic basis with a view to further improving performance. The control strategies developed will be tested on an advanced prototype 1MW wind turbine which is presently under construction. The Fellowship is available for 2.5 years (possibly extended to 3 years) and the candidate should, ideally, have a background in control engineering with experience of nonlinear dynamic systems.

Enquires to:

Douglas Leith, William Leithead
Industrial Control Centre, University of Strathclyde,
50 George St.,
Glasgow G1 1QE
Tel. 0141 548 2407/2408

Source: Douglas Leith (

Postdoctoral Position

University of Texas, Austin

The Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics at the University of Texas, Austin, has a postdoctoral position available. We are searching for a candidate with a background in experimental condensed matter physics or experimental nonlinear dynamics interested in performing experiments on brittle fracture and plastic deformation of solids. Further information is available at

Applicants should send a resume and the names of three references to Michael Marder, Center for Nonlinear Dynamics, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin TX, 78712, or by email to

Screening of applicants will begin around February 1, and continue until the position is filled. The University of Texas is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Source: Mike Marder (

Research Officer

University of Western Australia

An appointment as a Research Officer for a period of 2 years working with Dr. K. Judd and Professor A.I. Mees on projects concerning modelling of nonlinear dynamical systems from time series is available. Approximately 25% of the work will concern questions of embedding strategies and 75% reconstruction techniques. Applicants must have, or nearly completed, a PhD in mathematics or equivalent and and have demonstrated experience, at a research level, of nonlinear time series reconstruction methods. Experience in implementing algorithms in Matlab or equivalent is essential and knowledge of Unix desirable. Ability to work independently and to work and communicate as part of a team highly desirable. Intending applicants must obtain the duty statement and selection criteria by telephoning the "hot line" below. For information regarding the position please contact Dr. K. Judd on 9380 1357.

HEE Level 5/6 (G063C) $34679 - $39645 pa

Additional details are available on the web:

Source: Alistair Mees (

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