UK Nonlinear News, May 1999


Transport of motile plankton in synthetic turbulent flows

University of Surrey

The project covers aspects of the theoretical production of synthetic turbulent flows and the inclusion of stochastically swimming plankton, biased with a range of biological strategies. Recent research in this area (Bees, Sagues & Sancho, in prep.) will be built upon. The project will consist of theoretical fluid mechanics applied in a biological context. The student will be based in the BioMaths Group in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Surrey in Guildford and will interact with collaborators in the Physics and Physical Chemistry Departments at the University of Barcelona. There will be opportunities for the successful student to spend some time working in these institutions and there may also be the possibility of collaborating with experimentalists in France.

Prospective candidates should contact Dr. Martin Bees, without delay, at the address below (preferably by email).
Department of Mathematics, University of Surrey, Guildford,
Surrey, GU2 5XH, England.
Tel: +44 1483 259000 x2630 Fax: +44 1483 259385

Source: Martin Bees.

Predictability of Uncertain Nonlinear Systems

University of Oxford

The Oxford Centre for Applied and Industrial Mathematics (OCIAM) expects funding to support a D Phil Student in Mathematics. OCIAM has a strong research group in nonlinear dynamics and its applications in physical science and industry. The aim of this project is to study the dynamics of uncertainty under an ensemble of imperfect models and uncertain initial conditions in low-dimensional (< 400-D) systems. Questions of interest include issues of sampling in the space of all possible models, the optimal use of stochastic perturbations, and estimating fundamental limits of predictability in a given operational environment. Close links to both European and North American weather forecast centers will allow insights gained to be tested in practice (see the "Recent thesis" announcement of Isla Gilmour in this issue). Further information can be found at Students with a background in either nonlinear dynamics, statistics, or atmospheric science are encouraged to apply. Awards will be subject to the achievement of a first class honours degree. Applications should be received before 30 May 1999.

Application details can be obtained from

Miss Janet Campbell
Mathematical Institute 24-29 St. Giles' Oxford, OX1 3LB UK
Telephone: +44 (0)1865 273538

Please also inform of your interest.

Source: Leonard A Smith


NRC fellowship in low speed gas turbine combustion

Propulsion Directorate

An NRC fellowship to do research and develop code for low speed gas turbine combustion is available at the Propulsion Directorate. The work will focus on unsteady combustion (including pulsed detonation wave combustion), supercritical fuel modelling and combustion, combustion dynamic instability, large eddy simulation for chemically reacting flows, sub grid chemistry modelling and reduced chemistry modelling. The duration is typically for two years, and research will be performed at Wright Patt. It is expected that publications in major conferences and journals will come out of this research. More information is available at

Source: Charbel N Raffoul


School of Mathematical Science

Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London

Temporary lectureship

This is to give notice of a temporary lectureship (two years) for 1999-2001 in the School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. The lecturer will replace Dr Christian Beck who has a one-year Leverhulme Fellowship. Details will be advertised in the next few weeks and further information will be on the School web site at as soon as it is made available.

Source: Professor David K. Arrowsmith.

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Utah State University

Visiting Assistant Professor in Applied Mathematics

A one year visiting position in Applied Mathematics is available for the academic year 1999-2000 at Utah State University, in Logan, Utah. A Ph.D. in Mathematics or closely related field is required. Among the areas of interest are Nonlinear Waves, Dynamical Systems, Numerical Analysis, Mathematical Biology/Ecology, Optimization, Industrial Problems. The position entails teaching two courses per semester and supporting the Department's Applied Mathematics and Industrial Mathematics programs. Salary negotiable, but approximately at entry level. Applications and names of references (who can address both teaching and research), should be sent to:

Dr. E. Stone
Applied Math Search
Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics
Utah State University
Logan, UT 84322-3900

or electronically to:

Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Direct all enquires to E. Stone at the above address. Further information about the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, as well as Utah State University, is available at Information on the Industrial Math Masters program can be found at

Source: Peter Ashwin.

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