UK Nonlinear News, February 1999


4 Year MRes/PhD MRC Studentships in Application of Mathematical and Physical Sciences to Biology and Medicine

CoMPLEX, University College London

The UCL Centre for Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and EXperimental Biology (CoMPLEX) has been awarded a number of linked MRes/Phd 4 year MRC studentships to start in October 1999. These are for a novel interdisciplinary programme on the application of the mathematical and physical sciences to biology and medicine.

The first year of this consists of a mixture of lectures and projects exposing students to a variety of problems in the life sciences that require a mathematical or physical solution. At the end of the first year students choose a research project from a number that are on offer. All of these have dual supervision, with one supervisor from the biological side, and the other from the mathematical or physical.

Students with backgrounds in either the mathematical and physical sciences or the life sciences are encouraged to apply. Eligibility is restricted to applicants from the EEC, who should in the first instance contact:
Esta Adams,
CoMPLEX Administrator,
Department of Mathematics,
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK,
Tel: 0171-504-2570, E-mail:

Source: Jaroslav Stark (

Mathematical Sciences Studentship Scheme

University of Surrey

The Scheme has funding to support a PhD student in Mathematics. There is a strong research group in Mathematics at Surrey and the main area of interest is Nonlinear Dynamics with many aspects of this broad subject covered by different members of the group. Further details on the research activity of the group can be found at

Areas of interest include the following:

Hamiltonian Systems and Dissipative Perturbations
Nonlinear Waves and Patterns
Symmetry, Bifurcation and Lie Groups
Physiological Fluid Dynamics
Turbulence and the Analysis of Length Scales
Evolutionary PDE's with Application to Mathematical Biology
Symmetric Chaos, Chaotic Advection, Control and Synchronisation of Chaos

Students who are interested in starting postgraduate study in one of the areas listed below in October 1999 are invited to apply for support. Applicants should be eligible for an EPSRC award. The closing date for applications is 30 April 1999.

Enquiries about the Scheme can be made to Dr P.J. Aston (tel: 01483-300800 ext 2631, email: An application form together with a list of possible projects can be obtained from:

Postgraduate Secretary,
Dept of Mathematics and Statistics,
University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 5XH
Tel: 01483-259631 Email:

Source: Philip J Aston (


Studentships in Statistics, Probability and Operational Research

University of Liverpool

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Liverpool will award up to two studentships in Statistics, Probability and O.R. for research leading to a Ph.D. degree, to commence October 1999. These awards are available to candidates eligible for EPSRC awards and will be made in advance of the outcome of EPSRC applications, thereby underwriting these applications. Awards will be subject to the achievement of a first class honours degree. Successful applicants will receive an additional bursary of 1000 pounds in the first year of study.

The research interests of the Statistics and O.R. Division include Time Series, Medical Statistics, Applied Probability and Stochastic Processes; and the modelling and optimisation of networks (O.R.). For further information about the research topics available see our web pages:

For further application information contact:

Dr. P.D. O'Neill
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
Division of Statistics and O.R.
Department of Mathematical Sciences
University of Liverpool
Liverpool L69 3BX
Tel : 0151 794 4737 Email :

Source: Prof R.J. Bhansali (


Studentship in Modelling Respiratory Disease and Vaccination

University of Cambridge

An exciting new position has been funded for a scientist with a background in modelling, physics/mathematics, preferably with a PhD The individual will be expected to develop stochastic simulation models, particularly of equine influenza in groups of young horses, based on high quality experimental and epidemiological data The models will used to improve vaccination strategies as well as our understanding of the dynamics of infection within the host

The position offers great opportunities for a resourceful individual and will based in the epidemiology unit in the Centre for Preventive Medicine at the Animal Health Trust and the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge.

For further information please contact:

James Wood
Animal Health Trust,, Tel: 00 44 1638 555621


Dr Bryan Grenfell
University of Cambridge

Application forms are available from:

Personnel Manager,
Animal Health Trust,
Lanwades Park,
Newmarket, CB8 7UU, UK
Tel 00 44 1638 751000 Email

Source: James Wood (



Post-Doctoral positions in Nonlinear-Parabolic Partial Differential Equations

Universities of Bath and Nottingham

As nodes in the TMR NETWORK in Nonlinear Parabolic Partial Differential Equations: Methods and Applications, the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Bath and the School of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Nottingham are seeking to hire high quality post-doctoral research workers for a period of six months to one year over the period 1999-2003.

Both departments have strong groups working in the analysis, asymptotic solution and computation of nonlinear partial differential equations and their applications to a wide variety of problems. Particular areas of expertise include: wave dynamics, blow-up in nonlinear parabolic equations, degenerate diffusion, fourth order parabolic thin film equations, evolutionary structural mechanics and problems arising in industry. These groups include Professors C.J. Budd, V. Galaktionov and J. Toland at the University of Bath and Professor J. King at the University of Nottingham and more details about the research undertaken can be found at the web sites and

The TMR network links the activity of the UK groups to work at the nodes in Bonn, Leiden, Madrid, Paris, Rome and Tel-Aviv. The appointed post-doctoral workers will be expected to work with the groups at Bath and Nottingham and also to interact strongly with the other nodes in the network. Full funding for appropriate travel will be available.

We welcome applications from anyone who is a citizen of one of the the countries represented by a node, other than the UK itself. Applications for the current year should be submitted by 12th February. Expressions of interest regarding subsequent years are strongly encouraged.

Further details are available from

Professor C. Budd,
Department of Mathematical Sciences,
University of Bath,
Bath, BA2 7AY, UK
Fax: 44-1225-826492 Email:


Professor J. King,
School of Mathematical Sciences,
University of Nottingham,
University Park,
Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK
Fax: 44-115-9513837 Email

Source C.J. Budd (


2 Lectureships in Applied Mathematics (Reference: MA/147)

Department of Mathematical Sciences, Loughborough University

Applications are invited for two Lectureships in Applied Mathematics. The Department seeks to appoint candidates with a research record that demonstrates significant achievement or exceptional promise in an area that enhances current research activities within the Department. For one of the posts, preference will be given to candidates with expertise in some branch of spectral theory/differential geometry with applications to inverse problems.

Closing date for application: 12 March1999

For more information see web page

Source: Andy Osbaldestin


1 Lectureship in Probability/Statistics (Reference: MA/148)

Department of Mathematical Sciences, Loughborough University

Applications are invited for a Lectureship in any area of Applied Probability or Statistics. We would particularly welcome candidates interested in Bayesian methods with biological applications. The Department seeks to appoint candidates with a research record that demonstrates significant achievement or exceptional promise.

Closing date for application: 12 March1999

For more information see web page

Source: Andy Osbaldestin


Full Professor position in Applied Mathematics and Statistics

University of Vienna, Austria

Candidates should have a strong research record in Applied Mathematics or Statistics. Preference will be given to applicants with research interests related to Business and Management Science (e.g., Dynamical Systems, Decision Theory, Control Theory, Optimization, Game Theory, Mathematical/Empirical Finance, Business and Economic Statistics).

Send resume and 3 letters of reference to Prof. P.Gerlich, Dean, School of Social Sciences, University of Vienna, Dr.Karl Lueger-Ring 1, A-1010 Vienna, Austria.

Deadline for applications: April 15, 1999

For further inquiries please contact:

Prof. Benedikt M. Poetscher
Chairman, Search Committee
Dept. of Statistics, OR and Computer Science
Univ. of Vienna
Universitaetsstrasse 5 A-1010 Vienna, Austria
Phone: (+431)427738640

Source: Benedikt Poetscher (


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