UK Nonlinear News, August 1998


Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowships in Nonlinear Systems

University of Cornell, USA

Cornell University is pleased to announce an interdisciplinary graduate training program in nonlinear systems, funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

The subject of nonlinear systems is wonderfully broad, with important applications in fields ranging from physics and mechanical engineering to medicine and finance. However, this breadth is rarely conveyed in a traditional Ph.D. program. A mathematics student studying dynamical systems is unlikely to cross paths with an immunologist studying AIDS, or an electrical engineer studying soliton propagation in an optical fibre -- yet they are all investigating nonlinear phenomena.

Students in our program will gain expertise through an integrated two-semester course in nonlinear science (the mathematics of chaos, complex systems, pattern formation, nonlinear PDEs, stochastic methods, and computer simulation, interwoven with applications in a wide range of disciplines), and through a summer internship in a laboratory, hospital, Wall Street firm, or industrial setting, as appropriate.

Full fellowship support is provided for two years, with generous stipends. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent residents. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Interested students should apply to a Ph.D. program in one of Cornell's Graduate Fields, and should also contact the director of the interdisciplinary training program:

Professor Steven Strogatz,
Center for Applied Mathematics,
657 Rhodes Hall,
Cornell University,
Ithaca, NY 14853-3801.
Telephone: 607-255-4335.

The web site for our program is under construction; for now, see to learn about some of Cornell's faculty and courses in nonlinear systems. For application forms and information about the various Graduate Fields within Cornell's Graduate School, see For more information about the NSF's interdisciplinary training grants, see Applications must be received by early January; the exact date depends on the Graduate Field.

Source: Steven Strogatz


The nonlinear dynamics of deep water floating systems in response to wave group excitation

Department of Civil and Offshore Engineering

Heriot Watt University

Applications are sought from EU citizens for the post of Research Assistant to work on an EPSRC funded project entitled The nonlinear dynamics of deep water floating systems in response to wave group excitation which aims to study the influence of wave groups and wave directionality on the responses of floating structures. The project will provide a more complete understanding of wave group statistics within natural sea states using data derived from wave, wind and current instrumentation on the TOTAL North Alwyn Platform. A significant part of the project will involve physical scale-model tests in the Department's deep-water short-crested random wave facility.

The Research Associate will ideally have mathematical ability and a knowledge of statistical modelling and hydrodynamics laboratory techniques. (A knowledge of MATLAB, S-Plus and C programming within a MS Windows /UNIX network environment would be an advantage). The appointee will work within the North Alwyn environmental data processing group under the overall direction of Professor Julian Wolfram, TOTAL Professor of Offshore Research and Development.

The appointment will be for 36 months, initially at point 6 on the R.A. 1A scale, to begin as soon as possible.

Contact Brian Linfoot ((Contact details removed on request: 18th November 1998))

Two EPSRC funded postdoctoral research assistantships

Department of Mathematics

University of Warwick

Applications are invited for two EPSRC funded postdoctoral research assistantships to work with Dr. R.M. Roberts and co-workers on:

  1. Spatio-temporal Symmetries in Dynamical Systems
  2. Relative Equilibria of Symmetric Hamiltonian Systems

The first project is concerned with the stability and bifurcation theory of dynamical systems which are invariant under a combination of spatial, time-shift and time-reversal symmetry operations. Systems with these symmetry properties arise naturally (often as return mappings) in a wide variety of applications including mechanics and fluid and plasma dynamics. Work on this project is likely to require combining techniques from the local bifurcation theory of dynamical systems with ideas from group theory and representation theory. This is a collaborative project with Dr. J.S.W. Lamb (Imperial College).

The aims of the second project include developing methods for computing the stability and bifurcations of relative equilibria of Hamiltonian systems and applying these to mechanical systems of physical interest, such as models of molecules and liquid drops. Approaches that could be followed range from using symplectic geometry to obtain abstract stability and bifurcation theorems through to the numerical computation of bifurcation diagrams for specific systems. This work will be in collaboration with Dr. J. Montaldi (Nice).

Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant area of mathematics or physics. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas:

The appointments will be made on the RA 1A Scale (15,735 - 23,651 pounds). The lengths of the appointments are negotiable, but are expected to lie in the range 6 - 18 months. The posts will be available from 1st January 1999.

The closing date and details of how to apply will be available soon at: Informal enquiries can be sent to Mark Roberts at

Source: Mark Roberts (


Post-Doctoral positions in Nonlinear Dynamics: Solitons, Integrable Systems, Perturbation Theory, Hydrodynamics, Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations.

Institute for Theoretical Physics

State University of Sao Paulo (Brazil)

Applications for post-doctoral positions in the above fields are invited. We expect to have one or two positions available. The fellowship is for one year (exceptionally renewable once). The fellowship is to start between August and October, 1999. Applicants should send a CV and two letters of recommendation to:

Roberto A. Kraenkel
R. Pamplona 145
01405-900 Sao Paulo BRAZIL.

There are no special forms for applying. Please do not forget to provide us with your e-mail and address.
E-mail applications are welcomed, but please use only pure ASCII. Avoid attachments or MS Word files.  The e-mail address for applications is

DEADLINE: February 15, 1999.

A first  selection  will take place by the beginning of March, 1999.  The CV of the selected candidate  will be  submitted to the science  funding  agency  of the State of Sao Paulo (FAPESP), which will take the final  decision of awarding or not a  fellowship.  The present  monthly  value  of  the  fellowship  is  R$  2570.00,  corresponding  to approximately  U$ 2140.00.  Travel  expenses  are not  covered.

For informations about IFT-UNESP, please look at

Source Roberto Andre Kraenkel (

Research Fellow in Dynamics

University of Aberdeen

Applicants must have a strong background in experimental and theoretical non-linear dynamics and skills to carry out a study on enhanced resonance drilling of hard rock formations. The main emphasise of the project is on the experimental aspects, however the modelling and nonlinear dynamic analysis are also vital. Applicants should have a PhD degree in applied mechanics or mechanical engineering. A degree in computer science or mathematics would also be advantageous. Candidates who can show evidence of previous work on nonlinear and chaotic dynamics of discontinuous mechanical systems applied to rock mechanics will have a distinct advantage. The experimental part of the project will be conducted to verify the theoretical predictions, and candidates must have good knowledge and experience of measuring dynamical signals. The post is based in the Departments of Engineering and Geology & Petroleum Geology and is available for a fixed period of 11 months. Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr M Wiercigroch (Tel. 01224 272509, E-mail:

Application forms and further particulars are available from Personnel Services, University of Aberdeen, Regent Walk, Aberdeen AB24 3FX, telephone (01224) 272727 quoting reference number ZEG 007R. A 24 hour answering service is in operation.

Closing Date: 10 November 1998.

Source: Marian Wiercigroch (

Novel wavelet methods in statistics

University of Bristol

An EPSRC-funded research associate position is available for work on novel wavelet methods in statistics for a period of up to 2 years with Dr Guy Nason and Professor Bernard Silverman, FRS.

Applicants should have, or expect soon to have, a PhD in Mathematics or Statistics. Some prior knowledge of wavelet theory and/or the statistical package SPlus would be useful but is not a prerequisite. A knowledge of the C programming language would also be attractive but certainly not necessary.

For further details
telephone +44 (0) 117 925 6450,
minicom +44 (0)117 928 8894
or E-mail (stating postal address ONLY) quoting reference number 5104).

Salary on the RA1A scale (15,735 to 23,651 pounds per year).

The closing date is 6th November 1998.

For further informal details please contact:

Dr G. Nason, Department of Mathematics, University of Bristol,
University Walk, Bristol, England, BS8 1TW.
Telephone: +44 (0) 117 928 8633.
Fax: +44 (0) 117 928 7999.

Professor B W Silverman, FRS, Department of Mathematics,
University of Bristol, University Walk, Bristol, England, BS8 1TW.
Telephone: +44 (0) 117 928 7968.
Fax: +44 (0) 117 928 7999.


Source: Guy Nason (

NSF Graduate Traineeships and Postdoctoral Fellowships in Applied Mathematics

University of Colorado

The Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Colorado in Boulder is seeking up to twelve graduate trainees and four Postdoctoral fellows for 3-5 year positions funded by the NSF Vertical Integration in Research and Education Program.

The Department has a focused program for research and educational careers in the areas of physical applied mathematics, computational mathematics, dynamical systems and nonlinear waves, and statistics and applied probability. The program is multifaceted: each trainee and fellow will receive training in teaching skills, interact with students through the teaching of recitations and development of innovative "case study modules," leading to full lecturing responsibility. The Postdoctoral fellows will be responsible for one lecture course each semester. The trainees and fellows will participate in a multi-level research group working in a group in

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents (green card).

More information on the application procedure may be found at

Source: James D. Meiss.

Mathematical Medicine

School of Mathematical Sciences

University of Nottingham

Applications are invited for the above post, funded by the BBSRC, involving the mathematical modelling of bacterial infections. Candidates should have a PhD in applied mathematics or a related area. A background in modelling biological topics will be an advantage, but is not essential.

Salary will be in the range 15,735-23,651 pounds per annum, depending on qualifications and experience. This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of up to three years.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor J R King, telephone: 0115 951 3854, or Email:

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

Source: Mark Bowen (


Department of Mathematics

Brigham Young University

There will be a number of openings at Brigham Young University starting in September 1999. At least one of these is expected to be in Nonlinear Analysis, PDE's or Dynamical Systems. Contact Peter Bates ( for more information or send an application including CV and three letters of reference to:

Hiring Committee
Department of Mathematics
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602, USA

Source: Peter Bates.

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Durham University

Applications are invited for a Temporary Lectureship in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, tenable for 3 years from 1st January 1999 (or at a later date by agreement). The duties of the lecturer will include participation in the work of the University's Statistics and Mathematics Consultany Unit, and the successful candidate will have an interest in consultancy and appropriate skills. Preference may be given to applicants working in a branch of Statistics, Numerical Analysis or Operations Research.

Informal Enquiries may be made to Professor E. Corrigan (telephone: 0191 374 2372, e-mail:, to Professor A.J. Scholl (telephone: 0191 374 2355, e-mail: or to Professor M. Goldstein (telephone: 0191 374 2365, e-mail: Information about the department and its research groups may also be found on the department WWW pages. ((It's rather poor form to make this comment without supplying the URL... UKNONL))

Salary will be on the scale 16,655 - 21,815 GBP p.a. Further particulars and application forms may be obtained from the Director of Personnel, University of Durham, Old Shire Hall, Durham DH1 3HP (Tel + 44 191 374 7256, email to whom applications (three copies, including curriculum vitae and the names of three referees) should be sent no later than Thursday 12th November 1998. (Please quote ref A016D)

Department of Mathematics

Rutgers University/New Brunswick

The Department of Mathematics of Rutgers University/New Brunswick is soliciting applications for a full-time tenured (associate or full professor level) faculty position in applied mathematics.

Applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. in mathematics or a closely related field, an outstanding research record and commitment to excellence in teaching.

The successful candidate will be expected to lead our efforts to establish a cooperative program with industry.

Applicants should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a list of publications and name and addresses of at least three references. The AMS application cover sheet should be attached. The department will assume the responsibility of soliciting letters in accordance with our policies governing confidentiality of letters.

To insure full consideration the application should be received by December 1, 1998. Mail to:

Department of Mathematics,
Rutgers University,
110 Frelinghuysen Road,
NJ 08854-8019.

Rutgers is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minority-group members.

Source: Eduardo Sontag (

Department of Mathematics

University of Liverpool

A lectureship in the Applied Mathematics Division of the department of Mathematical Sciences will be be advertised at the end of October; the closing date being the end of November. All research interests will be considered.

Interested parties can contact either Professor Bill Bruce, Head of Department, on 0151 794 4062, or Dr. Mike Ball, on 0151 794 4006.

Source: Mike Ball (

Department of Mathematics

University of Loughborough

The Department of Mathematical Sciences, Loughborough University is seeking to appoint three Lectureships in Applied Mathematics. The Lectureships offer an outstanding opportunity for young mathematicians to develop strong research programmes early in their careers. Applications are invited from candidates with strong research records, or who can demonstrate considerable research potential. Preference will be given to candidates with research interests in one or more of the following areas: Dynamical systems, nonlinear science, mathematical biology, applied analysis, numerical analysis and stochastic processes. Salary is 16,655-29,048 pa (from 1 October 1998).

Informal inquiries relating to these positions may be addressed to Dr A.C. Pugh at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Tel: 01509-223190, e-mail: Information about the Department, and these posts, may also be obtained through the Internet.

Further particulars and application forms, quoting reference MA/018/W9, are available from Personnel Services, Tel: 01509 222173 (24 hours) or e-mail: at Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, UK, to whom applications should be made by 13 November 1998.

Source: Paul C. Bressloff.

Department of Mathematics

University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology

The Mathematics Department in UMIST invites applications for three permanent lectureships to support teaching and research in the following areas:

Applicants should be able to make a strong contribution to research in one of these areas. The positions will be available from 1st January 1999, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Informal enquiries can be made to

Professor B.G. Quinn
(Telephone: 0161-200-8978, or e-mail: or

Professor J.W. Dold
(Telephone: 0161-200-3654, or e-mail:

Details are also available at Commencing salary will be on the lecturer scale (16,655 to 29,048 UK pounds per annum).

Application forms and further details are available from:

The Personnel Office
PO Box 88
M60 1QD

Please quote reference MAT/A/188. The closing date for the receipt of applications is 17th November 1998.

UMIST is an equal opportunity employer.

Source: Bill Dold (

Department of Mathematics

University of Michigan

The University of Michigan, Department of Mathematics has several openings at the tenure-track or tenure level. We invite applications or inquiries from all interested parties. Candidates for these positions should hold the Ph.D. in mathematics or a related field, and should show outstanding promise and/or accomplishments in both research and teaching (commensurate with years past receipt of the Ph.D.). Areas of special need for us this year are: Applied mathematics, probability, analysis, topology/geometry and actuarial mathematics, although any area of pure or applied mathematics is of possible interest to us, and we encourage inquiries. Salaries are competitive, based on candidate's credentials. Send applications materials (cv, bibliography, research statement, teaching statement) to: Personnel Committee, University of Michigan, Department of Mathematics, 2074 East Hall, Ann Arbor MI 48109-1109 Information regarding available positions is also on our web-page: The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

The applications are considered on a continuing basis until positions are filled. To be considered for 1st September 1999 start date applications should be received by the 31st December 1998.

Source: Candy Ellis (

Lectureship in theoretical statistical physics

Uppsala University

Uppsala University has an opening for a permanent University Lecturer (associate professorship) in theoretical statistical physics. We are interested in a person whose research is in the subjects of non-linear phenomena in a wide sense, including hydromechanics and turbulence.

During the first three years the University will provide a research funding with a substantial reduction in teaching.

Beginning 1999, a promotion mechanism will be introduced in Sweden, and it is likely that the position will within the next few years be promoted into a full professorship.

A complete application should include - in two copies - a Curriculum Vitae and list of publications, a short description of both scientific and pedagogical experience, and copies of at most ten publications that the candidate considers as his/her most important.

The application should be addressed to the Vice Chancellor of Uppsala University, and it should be mailed to Registrator, Box 256, S-751 05 Uppsala, Sweden (fax: +46-18-471 2000) and it should arrive by DEADLINE December 22, 1998.

Source: Predrag Cvitanovic (


Readership in Mathematics

University of Surrey

The University of Surrey invites applications for the post of Reader in Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics from persons of outstanding research achievement in any area of pure or applied mathematics. The Reader will be expected to lead a subgroup of the Mathematics Group and to develop a research portfolio complementary to but resonant with the existing research. Preference will be given to active researchers working at the border between pure and applied mathematics who will enlarge the existing definitions of applied mathematics.

The successful applicant will be expected to undertake the normal range of teaching and supervisory duties. The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop strong links with other Departments within the University, and also with Industry and Government Research Establishments. Salary will be in the range #30,496-#34,464 per annum, according to age, qualifications and experience. The post is tenable from 1 September 1999. Informal enquiries are welcome and may be made to Professor T.J. Bridges (01483-259642, email: Further information about the Post and the research profile of the Group can be found at the website:

Application forms and further particulars can be obtained by contacting Mrs Valerie Gurney ( at the School for Electronic Engineering, Information Technology & Mathematics. An application consists of (two copies of) a curriculum vitae, a publications list, a statement of research interests, and the names and addresses of three referees. The closing date for applications is 4th December 1998.

Source: Tom Bridges (

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