UK Nonlinear News, November 2000


Visiting Positions

Postdoctoral Positions


Graduate Student Positions

Universities of Notre Dame and Emory

These positions are available as part of a project on Biocomplexity: Multi-Scale Modelling of Avian Limb Development. Additional details of this project can be found in the description of the postdoctoral positions associated with it.

1) Positions for two graduate students who would gain their Ph.Ds in computational or experimental biocomplexity are available at the University of Notre Dame. Students should contact and submit application materials directly to the department most closely connected to their background: Mathematics, Physics, Biological Sciences or Computer Science. In addition, students should send a c.v., three letters of recommendation and statement of interest to Professor James. A. Glazier, Department of Physics, 316 Nieuwland, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556. e-mail:

2) Positions for two graduate students who would gain their Ph.D's in computational biocomplexity in the Department of Physics at Emory University with Professor George Hentschel under the auspices of this Grant are also available. The graduate students would be enrolled in the Physical, Materials, and Computational Sciences Program (PMACS) which is a new interdisciplinary graduate program at Emory. A good working knowledge of C and C++ will be an essential prerequisite for this program. Experience in code development and graphical presentation would also be helpful. Applications including a CV and a letter of recommendation should be sent as soon as possible to Professor H.G.E. Hentschel, Emory University, Department of Physics, Rollins Research Center, 1510 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322. email:

Source: Anna Alber (

Nonlinear Phenomena and Statistical Mechanics: visiting positions for young scientists

(University of Brussels, Belgium

Within the framework of the Marie Curie Host Fellowship program of the European Union, the Doctoral School Nonlinear Phenomena and Statistical Mechanics of the University of Brussels invites applications for stays between 3 months and 1 academic year from young scientists engaged in a Ph.D. thesis in this general subject area. Eligible candidates should have a University diploma in science or engineering, and be non-Belgian nationals of European Union or of an associated state.

The Doctoral School Nonlinear Phenomena and Statistical Mechanics is active in pluridisciplinary advanced scientific research and training in the fields of nonlinear science, nonequilibrium statistical mechanics and thermodynamics, chemical physics, plasma, fluid and atmospheric physics, nonlinear optics, theoretical biology and ecoethology, mechanics and applied mathematics, and computational science. It has developed internationally recognized expertise in chaos and dynamical systems as applied to statistical mechanics, fluctuations in nonequilibrium states in chemistry and fluid mechanics, microscopic simulation, bifurcation and perturbation theories, and the modeling of complex dynamical phenomena in reaction-diffusion systems including surface catalysis, lasers, biochemical, cellular and population systems.

Interested candidates are invited to submit an application including undergraduate records, one letter of recommendation and a letter describing their scientific interests, or to contact directly Professor G. Nicolis at the address

Universite Libre de Bruxelles
Faculte des Sciences
C.P. 231
Boulevard du Triomphe
B - 1050 Bruxelles (Belgium)
Telephon N (32-2)6505535 Fax N (32-2)6505767
e-mail :

The recruitment will be carried out on an equal opportunity basis.

Source: Professor G. Nicolis (

Biocomplexity: Multi-Scale Modelling of Avian Limb Development

Universities of Notre Dame, Missouri, Emory and New York Medical College (USA)

These positions are available as part of a project on Biocomplexity: Multi-Scale Modelling of Avian Limb Development. Additional details of this project can be found in the description of the postdoctoral positions associated with it.

Funding may be available for full time research appointments of up to six months at all locations for faculty from non-research oriented universities and possibly for high school teachers wishing to participate in this research program. Participation will require individual submission to NSF for ROA support and will require six months lead time. Interested teachers and professors should contact the appropriate faculty with details of their interest including a c.v., three letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose. University of Notre Dame, Emory University, University of Missouri, Columbia and New York Medical College are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers. Applications from women and minorities are encouraged.

Source: Anna Alber (

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Center for Nonlinear Science

Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Center for Nonlinear Science invites applications for the post-doctoral Joseph Ford Postdoctoral Fellowships for research in classical and quantum chaos, complex systems, statistical physics, turbulence and related fields. The Center faculty consists of Leonid A. Bunimovich, Predrag Cvitanovic', William L. Ditto, Ronald F. Fox, Roman Grigoriev, G. Paul Neitzel, Michael Schatz, Turgay Uzer, and Kurt Wiesenfeld. Consult for more information.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, list of publications and a description of research interests and goals. In addition, applicants should arrange for 2-3 letters of reference to be sent to:

Professor Predrag Cvitanovic'
Center for Nonlinear Science
School of Physics
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332
fax: 1+(404) 385 0855

The applications materials should reach Georgia Tech by Dec 11, 2000. If possible, as paper rather than as e-mail attachments. If not, as postscript or pdf rather than Word or worse.

Postdoctoral Positions

Center for Mathematical Analysis, Geometry, and Dynamical Systems

Departamento de Matematica, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon

The Center for Mathematical Analysis, Geometry and Dynamical Systems of the Department of Mathematics of Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal, invites applications for postdoctoral positions for research in mathematics. Positions are for one year, with the possibility of extension for a second year upon mutual agreement. Selected candidates will be able to take up their position between September 1, 2001, and January 1, 2002.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in mathematics obtained after December 31, 1998. They must show very strong research promise in one of the areas in which the mathematics faculty of the Center is currently active. There are no teaching duties associated with these positions.

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae; reprints, preprints and/or dissertation abstract; description of research project (of no more than 1,000 words); and three letters of reference directly to the director:

Prof. Carlos Rocha
Center for Mathematical Analysis, Geometry and Dynamical Systems
Departamento de Matematica
Instituto Superior Tecnico
Av. Rovisco Pais
1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal

To insure full consideration, complete application packages should be received by January 15, 2001. Additional information about the Center and the positions is available at

Source: Luis Barreira (

Postdoctoral Positions

Universities of Notre Dame, Missouri, Emory and New York Medical College (USA)

We seek Postdoctoral Fellows to participate in a five-year NSF funded collaboration between research groups at University of Notre Dame, the University of Missouri, New York Medical College and Emory University. This project will develop a multiscale (genetic, cellular and supercellular) understanding of complex organ formation, focusing on avian limb development as a model for general organogenesis. The project will have experimental computational and theoretical components. The theoretical/computational goal is to develop an integrated simulation of limb development based on our existing reaction-diffusion equation framework and simulations of cell sorting and chemotaxis in cell aggregates. Our objective is to integrate additional cell level processes (formation of extracellular matrix, haptotaxis and cell anisotropy) and subcellular descriptions (gene expression and regulation, modelling of cell signalling, cytoskeletal properties) to produce a flexible net-distributed package that can be customized to model other embryonic organogenesis. Experimental goals include quantitative studies of cell adhesion molecule distributions, measurements of cell mechanical properties (surface tensions and viscosities), chemotactic secretion and response, tracking of gene expression and production of cell adhesion molecules ECM production during limb formation.

The team of researchers at the University of Notre Dame consists of Professor James A. Glazier, Department of Physics, Professor Jesus Izaguirre, Department of Computer Science and Engineering and Professor Mark Alber, Department of Mathematics.

At Emory University, the chief scientist is Professor George Hentschel, Department of Physics; at University of Missouri, Professor Gabor Forgacs, Department of Physics and Biology; at New York Medical College, Professor Stuart Newman, Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy. While the primary host for the postdoctoral positions will be at Notre Dame, opportunities will be available for extended visits to other sites.

1. Computational Position.
The applicant should have a strong background in the properties of reaction diffusion-systems and should have extensive experience in computer simulation of complex systems. Knowledge and experience in developmental biology is also essential. Experience in large scale code development and graphical presentation would be helpful. Ph.D.'s in Biology, Computer Science and Physics will all be considered.
2. Experimental Position.
The applicant should have extensive experimental experience in cell biology. Familiarity with either MRI or in vivo fluorescent confocal microscopy is desirable. Experience with tracking of gene expression or quantition of surface adhesion proteins also desirable. Ph.D.s in physics, biophysics, molecular or cellular biology will all be considered.

Initial appointments will be for one year, renewable for up to five years.

Applicants for positions 1 and 2 should be available to begin the position no later than January 15th, 2001, but can begin immediately.

3. Mathematical Biology Position
The applicant should have a strong background in modelling and analysis of pattern formation in biology and should have extensive experience in computer simulation. Ph.D.'s in Mathematical or Theoretical Biology, Computer Science or Physics will all be considered. The starting date for this position will be September 1, 2001.

All applicants should send a statement of qualifications, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to James A. Glazier, Department of Physics, 316 Nieuwland, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556-5670 or to Applications will be reviewed jointly by relevant faculty.

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Early applications are encouraged.

Source: Anna Alber (


Department of Mathematics

The University of Utah

Applications are invited for a two-year postdoctoral position in mathematical/computational neuroscience to work with Professor Paul Bressloff who is joining the Department of Mathematics, University of Utah. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to interact with the newly-formed systems neuroscience group within the Medical School.


  1. Mathematical/computational models of primary visual cortex: the functional role of intrinsic horizontal connections and inter-areal feedback connections
  2. Pattern formation, oscillations and waves in neural systems.

QUALIFICATIONS: Background in nonlinear and complex systems and/or computational neuroscience.

START DATE: after Jan 2001.

Anyone interested in this position should e-mail Paul Bressloff at

Postdoctoral position

The Mathematical Institute

The University of Utrecht

The Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science consists of the Institute of Mathematics, the Institute of Information and Computing Sciences, and the Freudenthal Institute. Research areas of the faculty include mathematics, computer science, information technology, as well as a research group on mathematics education.

The Institute of Mathematics is responsible for approximately 200 students studying mathematics and computational science. The institute holds a prominent position both nationally and internationally, and has an extensive research program that is known for its strong interaction between fundamental research and mathematical applications. More information about the Mathematics Institute can be found at

Subject to receipt of funds from the EC, the Dutch team of the mechanics and symmetry (MASIE) project, contract nr HPRN-CT-2000-00113 in Europe is looking to fill a postdoctoral position in Mathematics (Position number 62024). More information about the MASIE project can be found at http// .

Duties include: carrying out research on KAM theory for perturbations of two degree of freedom Liouville integrable Hamiltonian systems with monodromy. In addition, the postdoc will be required to combine knowledge of KAM theory and geometry of integrable systems to study the quantum monodromy of specific systems. The postdoc will liaise closely with other participants of the Masie project.

Qualifications are: a completed Ph.D in mathematics and knowledge of the field of research. The postdoc must be a national of a member state of the European Community (excluding the Netherlands). We offer: an appointment for two years. The position is full-time, and salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience not to exceed a maximum salary of 3700 euros gross per month. In addition there is a travel budget and the possibility of an allowance for childcare.

For more information please contact Dr. Richard H. Cushman at telephone number 0031-30-2531523 (work), 0031-78-6176076 (home), or email: Please send your letter of application (including position number) and CV within four weeks of the date of this advertisement to the personnel department of the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science at Postbus 80.000, 3508 TA Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Source: Jacqueline Glisson (

Lectureship in Applied Mathematics

Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Applications are invited for a Lectureship in (Applied) Mathematics within the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The minimum qualification on appointment is the Ph.D degree or equivalent in Applied Mathematics or a related discipline. Especially welcome will be candidates with experience and interests in Engineering and/or Computational Mathematics, which will be the principal foci of this position. The Department has research strengths particularly in mathematical biology, computational mathematics, optimisation, partial differential equations, dynamical systems and industrial mathematics. It maintains strong research and teaching links across the whole University and especially with the School of Engineering as well as externally. The appointee will be expected to contribute to these links and also be able to contribute to the general teaching programme of the Department.

Full details are available from: and Applications, quoting Vacancy No: MT157, close on 30 November 2000 with the Human Resources Manager, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800 Christchurch, New Zealand.

The University has a policy of equality of opportunity in employment.

Lectureship in Applied Stochastic Analysis

Department of Mathematics, University of Notre Dame, USA

The Department of Mathematics of the University of Notre Dame invites applications for a position in the field of Applied Stochastic Analysis to start on August 24, 2001. The position is at the tenure track level, but a tenured appointment may be possible for an exceptional candidate. The teaching load is one course one semester and two courses the other semester. The salary is competitive. Applications, including a curriculum vitae, a letter of application, and a completed AMS standard cover sheet, should be sent to: Steven A. Buechler, Chair, at the above address. Applicants should also arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be sent to the chair. These letters should address the applicant's research accomplishments and supply evidence that the applicant has the ability to teach articulately and effectively. Notre Dame is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are urged to apply. The evaluation of candidates will begin December 1. Information about the department is available at

For more information about the position or institution/company:

Source: Mark Alber (

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