UK Nonlinear News, May 1998

Situations Vacant

Postdoctoral Position

Brigham Young University, United States

The Nonlinear Analysis Laboratory (NAL) at Brigham Young University announces a one year to two post doctoral position for the 1998-1999 academic year, starting date: Sept. 1, 1998. The salary is approximately $34,000. 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, with priority given to areas related to material science, nonlinear PDE's, or infinite-dimensional dynamical systems theory. Duties involve research and some teaching. To ensure full consideration, applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, and at least three letters of recommendation before May 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 (usually, a J-1 visa can be obtained for postdoc's from outside the U.S.). The successful applicant will be expected to conform to the BYU honour code.

Source: Professor Peter W. Bates (

EU Postdoctoral Fellowships


One or more EU postdoctoral research fellowships are available as part of a TMR network on Phase Transitions in Crystals which is expected to start in September 1998. The research fellows will be based in the Mathematical Institute, Oxford (Professor J.M. Ball) and/or the Department of Theoretical Mechanics, Nottingham (Dr G.P. Parry). There are also links with the Department of Earth Sciences, Cambridge (Professor E.K.H. Salje). The other participating institutions are in Padova, Rome, Paris, Besancon, Berlin, Leipzig and Antwerp. Those appointed will have a track record of research in continuum mechanics, applied analysis or related areas. They must be EU but not UK nationals who have not worked in the UK for more than 18 of the 24 months preceding their appointment; other EU nationals may be eligible for other teams in the network. Contact

Source: Professor J.M. Ball (

Postdoctoral/Staff Scientist Position

Max-Planck-Institut fur Stroemungsforschung

The institute invites applications for a position in its nonlinear dynamics theory group. Our research includes foundations, and in particular, applications of nonlinear dynamics. Current areas of specialisation are mesoscopic systems (transport in semiconductor nanostructures, quantum chaos, fractal spectra) and neural information processing (self-organisation of neural maps, spatio-temporal dynamics in the visual cortex, function of the visual system). We are also interested in other topics at the interface between theoretical physics and biology.

We can provide very good working conditions and computing facilities. The group is closely affiliated with the Faculty of Physics at the University of Göttingen, where a Habilitation can be pursued.

The appointment is for a fixed term up to five years, the salary is on the German BAT scale (IIa or Ib) with benefits. Handicapped applicants of equal qualification will be given preference.

Applications including a statement of scientific interests and research plans should be sent soon to:

Professor Theo Geisel
Max-Planck-Institut fur Stroemungsforschung
Bunsenstrasse 10
D-37073 Göttingen

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

University of Manchester Institute of Technology

Matt Nicol and Dave Broomhead in Mathematics at UMIST are looking for a postdoctoral research assistant with a background in ergodic theory and dynamical systems to work on a three year project on The Dynamics of Noncompact Skew Products. If you are interested, or would like more information, please contact:

Dr. M.J. Nicol or Professor D.S. Broomhead
Department of Mathematics Tel: +44 (0)161-200-3689
PO Box 88
Manchester M60 1QD FAX: +44 (0)161-200-3669
U.K. E-mail:

Source: Dave Broomhead (

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