UK Nonlinear News, August 1998


Nonlinear Dynamics of the Circulation of the Ocean

University of Potsdam, Germany

Applicants are sought for a DFG supported PhD studentship in the Institute of Physics at the University of Potsdam, Germany. This studentship is for three years, if possible starting at November 1,1998. The successful applicant will perform research on the project ``Nonlinear Dynamics of the Ocean Circulation - Multistability, Criticality and Risk''. The objective of this project is to study a hierarchy of conceptual models for the thermohaline ocean circulation by methods of nonlinear dynamics. The main task of this project is the investigation of the appearance of coexisting circulation states. The complexity of the models requires extensive numerical studies. Prospective candidates should have a good education in theoretical physics and nonlinear dynamics. This project will be developed in an interdisciplinary collaboration with the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research.

Applications to and further information from: Dr. Ulrike Feudel, Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Potsdam, PF 601553, D-14415 Potsdam, Germany, e-mail:

PhD Programme in Applications to Biology and Medicine

University College London

The new UCL Centre for Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and EXperimental Biology (CoMPLEX) invites applications for a novel interdisciplinary 4 year PhD programme due to start in October 1999. Its principal aim is to train students in collaborative research in the application of mathematical and physical techniques to problems in biology and medicine.

An early expression of interest is advised (i.e. preferably by October 1998), particularly for those seeking financial support. Some opportunities for post-doctoral participants in this programme may also arise.

Potential applicants should in the first instance contact

Esta Adams
CoMPLEX Administrator
Department of Mathematics
Gower Street

Telephone: 0171-504-2570


University of Surrey

Fully-funded PhD Studentship starting October 1998

Supervisor: Professor Tom Bridges,

This project will study, by a combination of analysis and numerics, the formation of hexagonal patterns in near coastal regions. The analysis will be based on both the KP model and the full water wave equations. Details of the project with references and instructions on how to apply can be found at the website

Mathematical Modelling of Flame Retardant Composite Materials

Leeds University

Applications are invited from graduates who have a minimum 2:1 degree or MSc in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or a scientific discipline to start  work as soon as possible on an EPSRC grant. The research student will model the fire performance of intumescent, flame-retardant  composites and will receive appropriate mathematical tuition as required both at Bolton Institute and the Department of Fuel and Energy at Leeds University.

The three year studentship carries a tax free bursary of 7,500 p.a

Further details from Lorna Hollingum (telephone 01204 903834 or e-mail )

Lorna Hollingum
Faculty Administrator(Research & IGA)
Faculty of Technology
Bolton Institute
Telephone: 01204 903834


Dynamics of Premixed Flames in Channels

University of Central Lancashire

12,335 - 13,871 p.a. (Pay award pending) - Ref. No.: AA/2

This is a three year fixed term appointment, based in the Department of Built Environment/Centre in Fire and Explosion Studies, to undertake a special research project into the ``Dynamics of premixed flames in channels''.

You must possess a good Honours Degree in Engineering, Physics or Computational Mathematics, with specific knowledge in fluid dynamics/ computational fluid dynamics coupled with programming experience.

Informal inquiries may be made to either
Professor Georgy Makhviladze
telephone 01772-893222
fax 01772-892916
Dr. Vladimir Karlin telephone: 01772-893239
fax 01772-892916
email: .

Application forms and further details are obtainable, quoting reference number AA/2 and enclosing a large stamped addressed envelope from Personnel Services, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE.

Closing date: 18 September 1998


Mathematical Medicine(two posts)

School of Mathematical Sciences

University of Nottingham

Applications are invited for two posts, one funded by the EPSRC and the second by the University. Candidates should have a PhD in applied mathematics or a related area, together with a keen interest in the application of mathematics to issues of medical importance. Salary will be within the range 15,462 -23,241 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience. Both posts will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of up to two years.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to
Professor J.R. King
telephone: 0115 9511 3854

or Dr H.M. Byrne
Telephone: 0115 951 3852

Candidates should send a detailed CV, together with the names of two academic referees, to Professor J.R. King, Division of Theoretical Mechanics, School of Mathematical Sciences, The University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD.

Combustion of Fuel-Droplet Releases in the Atmosphere: Theory and Modelling

University of Central Lancashire

This is a three year fixed term appointment commencing October 1998, based in the Department of Built Environment/Centre in Fire and Explosion Studies, and is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The application area involves theoretical investigation and modelling of liquefied hydrocarbon releases into the atmosphere.

You must possess a relevant PhD as well as a track record of publishing research articles in highly rated scientific journals in fluid dynamics/computational fluid dynamics, combustion theory or applied mathematics. Research experience in a relevant field is also essential.

The starting salary is unlikely to exceed stlg20,810.

Informal inquiries may be made to either
Professor Georgy Makhviladze
telephone: 01772 893222 fax: 01772 892916, email:

Professor John Roberts
telephone 01772 893210
fax 01772 892916

Application forms and further details are obtainable, quoting reference number AA/3 and enclosing a large stamped addressed envelope from Personnel Services, University of Central Lancashire,Preston PR1 2HE.

Closing date: 18 September 1998


Lecturer/Senior Lecturer (Research) in Fire Engineering

University of Central Lancashire

The post involves teaching on the Department's Degree, HND and industrial short courses and a contribution to the development of research in the Centre for Research in Fire and Explosion Studies.

Experience in teaching at an appropriate level in a relevant subject, and supervising research students is required. The applicant must have a PhD, post doctoral research experience in a relevant area and have publications in highly rated scientific journals in combustion theory, computational fluid dynamics, physics or applied mathematics. Programming skills are necessary.

A teaching qualification, experience in UNIX system administration, and expertise in combustion theory, chemical physics, radiation or multi-phase fluid dynamics would be advantageous.

This permanent post is available from October 1998. The initial annual salary will not exceeded UK21,000.

Informal inquiries may be made to either
Professor Georgy Makhviladze
telephone: 01772-893222

fax: 01772-892916 e-mail:

Professor John Roberts
telephone: (01772)-893210 (phone)
fax: (01772)-892916.

Application forms and further details are obtainable, quoting reference number AA/4 and enclosing a large stamped addressed envelope, from Personnel Services, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE.

Closing date: 18 September 1998.


Readership in Mathematics

University of Surrey

This is a preliminary announcement for an open Readership in Mathematics at the University of Surrey. This is part of an investment programme of the University to expand and build on the existing nonlinear mathematics group. This position will be advertised in the autumn and the Appointment Board will be held in December 1998 or January 1999, the successful candidate is expected to take up the post in the summer or autumn of 1999. Candidates which resonate and broaden the research profile of the current nonlinear mathematics research group are particularly encouraged to apply. A more detailed advert will appear in the next issue of UK Nonlinear News, and a web advert will appear in the Autumn at the website:


Chair in Applied Mathematics

University of Bristol

The University of Bristol invites applications for the post of Professor of Applied Mathematics in the School of Mathematics from persons of outstanding research achievement in areas of applied mathematics, including numerical analysis. This post is related to the forthcoming retirement of Professor Philip Drazin. Preference may be given to active researchers with expertise in scientific computation, and who would strengthen and broaden existing areas of research within the School's Applied Mathematics and Numerical Analysis Group.


The closing date for application for the post is 2 October 1998.

The University of Bristol is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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