UK Nonlinear News, May 2001


EPSRC case awards in Applied Mathematics

The University of Nottingham

The Division of Theoretical Mechanics has available a number of studentships for research leading towards a PhD in a variety of possible topics in applied mathematics, including the following two CASE awards:

  1. Phase fluctuations subject to multiplicative and additive noise (in collaboration with DERA, Malvern).
    Supervisors: Dr K.I. Hopcraft and Professor E. Jakeman FRS Contact: Dr Hopcraft, email: tel: 0115 951 3844
    This project concerns the development of non-Gaussian stochastic models for treating phase fluctuations. It is hoped that the work will have implications for extreme phase fluctuations such as arise in scattering theory, turbulence, critical behaviour and financial time series.
  2. Spectral statistics of unitary matrices in terms of Markov processes (in collaboration with Hewlett Packard ltd).
    Supervisors: Dr G. Tanner (Theoretical Mechanics) and Dr N.O'Connell (Hewlett Packard) Contact: Dr G Tanner, email: tel: 0115 951 3842
    The project will address fundamental problems in understanding the connections between quantum and classical mechanics and comprises elements of graph theory, nonlinear dynamics and quantum theory.

Both studentships carry significant extra financial emoluments above the basic studentship rates, and EPSRC eligibility rules apply.

Candidates should send a detailed CV, together with the names and addresses, to Dr R.H. Tew (contact details below).

Closing date: 31 May 2001

Dr R.H. Tew email:
Division of Theoretical Mechanics Phone: 0115 951 3855
School of Mathematical Sciences Office: Pope-B22
The University of Nottingham
University Park Phone: 0115 951 3839 (secretary)
Nottingham NG7 2RD United Kingdom Fax: 0115 951 3837


PhD studentship in Pattern Formation

University of Surrey

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Surrey has an EPSRC PhD studentship in Pattern Formation available from October 2001 for a well-qualified applicant. The studentship pays fees, and for UK citizens a living allowance, currently about £8000 pa. The department at Surrey has strong and expanding research groups in dynamical systems, mathematical biology, nonlinear PDEs, pattern formation and statistical modelling. Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Rebecca Hoyle ( Information about the department and its research activity can be found at

Possible PhD projects include, but are not restricted to:

Further information about these projects can be found at
Initial enquiries should be directed to Dr Rebecca Hoyle (tel:01483 300800 extn 2638; email:

An application form can be obtained from the

Postgraduate Secretary,
Dept of Mathematics and Statistics,
University of Surrey,
Guildford GU2 7XH.
(tel: 01483-876050, email:

Please quote the title of the project in your correspondence. The closing date for applications is June 30th 2001. Applicants should be eligible for an EPSRC award (restricted to UK and EU citizens).

Postdoctoral Positions

Post-doctoral positions on Scientific Computing

Department of Computer Science

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

The research group Scientific Computing of the department of Computer Science, K.U.Leuven, Belgium, has two vacancies for postdoctoral researchers on the project `Computational Mathematics in Bio-processes'. This project is a collaboration with two research teams working on biological process engineering (microbial conversion, food production and processing.) We look for 2 postdoctoral researchers to work on the following topics:

The candidates should have a good background in scientific computing. The positions are intended for post-doctoral researchers and they are available for 1 year, starting as soon as possible, and with the possibility of an extension. More information about the research group can be found at be/cwis/research/twr.

Interested candidates should send their C.V. to:

Professor D. Roose or Professor S. Vandewalle
Department of Computer Science,
Celestijnenlaan 200A,
B-3001 Leuven,
Phone: + 32-16-32 75 46
Fax: + 32-16-32 79 96
Email:, Stefan.Vandewalle@cs.kuleuven.

Source: Kurt Lust.

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Theory of Coupled Oscillators with Reference to the Cardiovascular System

Department of Physics

Lancaster University

£16,775 - 25,213 (pay award pending)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work with the Lancaster nonlinear group on a project funded by the Leverhulme Trust, Theory of Coupled Oscillators with Reference to the Cardiovascular System.

Candidates must have completed a PhD in either Physics or Mathematics and should have prior experience of some of the following topics and techniques: nonlinear oscillators; coupled oscillators; synchronization phenomena; fluctuation theory; optimal paths. Strong analytical skills are essential. The appointment is for up to 3 years.

The research will be carried out in the context of an experimental programme on cardiovascular dynamics funded by EPSRC and MRC, and one of the main roles of the RA will be to develop theory in parallel, with the coupled oscillator model of the cardiovascular system in mind. In particular, it is hoped to understand the behaviour of two or more coupled oscillators, with different kinds of couplings, in the presence of noise. It is hoped that comparison of theory with the experimental results, and results from analogue and digital models, will lead to new insights and deeper understanding.

The nonlinear group currently consists of Professor P.V.E. McClintock, Dr A.G. Balanov, Dr N.B. Janson, Dr D.G. Luchinsky, Mr Bandrivskiy and Mr S. Beri at Lancaster, with Dr P.B.M. Clarkson in the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, and overseas collaborators. A summary of the group's current activities is available on their web page .

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor P.V.E. McClintock, tel: 01524-593073; e-mail:; or Dr D.G. Luchinsky, tel: 01524-65201 ext. 93079; e-mail

For application details see or apply to Personnel Services, quoting Reference A480, answerphone 01524 846549, email:

Closing Date: 15 May 2001

Source Peter McClintock

Juxtacrine signaling as a developmental pattern generating mechanism

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Loughborough University

Commencing salary up to £18,731 per annum

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to work on the EPSRC funded project "Juxtacrine signaling as a developmental pattern generating mechanism". The post will commence on 1 October 2001 (or as soon as possible thereafter) and will be for nineteen months duration.

The aim of the project is to develop and mathematically analyse models for nonlinear nearest neighbour (juxtacrine) interactions in discrete cellular systems, which are essential for the generation of complex organismal structures from a single fertilised egg. Analysis for regular arrays of cells will determine conditions for pattern formation, the dependence of wavelength on model parameters, and the role of extracellular protein diffusion. Numerical simulations will be used to study irregular arrays, including the effect of perturbations to the previously studied regular geometries. Specific applications include patterning of the Drosophila eye, bristles, and wing veins; development of feather arrays; and muscle differentiation.

Candidates should have, or shortly expect to receive, a PhD in a relevant area, ideally with experience of theoretical biology.

Further details (also see and an application form are available from:

Dr Markus Owen,
Department of Mathematical Sciences,
Loughborough University,
LE11 3TU, UK.
Telephone: 01509 223184,

Quote reference MA/198.

Closing Date: Friday 15 June 2001

Source Markus Owen.

Singularities of frequency maps in Hamiltonian systems

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Loughborough University

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to work on the EPSRC funded project "Singularities of frequency maps in Hamiltonian systems". The post will commence on 1 October 2001 (or as soon as possible thereafter) and will be for twenty months duration. Commencing salary up to £18,731 per annum.

The KAM theorem has two essential conditions: diophantine frequencies and non-degeneracy of the frequency map. The project aims to explain the dynamical consequences of a violation of the latter. In particular, recent results on the relationship between vanishing twist and resonance will be generalized to more than two degrees of freedom. The main analytical tools will be resonant normal forms and the singularity theory of Lagrangian maps. The analytical results will be compared to numerically computed frequency maps of flows and maps.

Applicants should have, or shortly expect to receive, a PhD in a relevant area of mathematics or physics. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in:

Informal enquiries can be made to: Dr. Holger Dullin, e-mail: also see

Application forms and further particulars are available from

Maria Perry,
Mathematical Sciences,
Loughborough University,
LE11 3TU, UK
Tel: (0)1509 222872,
Quote reference: MA/197. Closing Date: 15 June 2001

Source: Holger R. Dullin

Université Libre Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

We have an opening for a post-doctoral position at the Center for Nonlinear Phenomena and Complex Systems. The work will be part of a joint program between several European laboratories sponsored by the European Space Agency. The project focuses on basic research of the physics of chemo-hydrodynamic pattern formation at interfaces in porous media based on a balanced approach using laboratory experiments (both earth-based and under micro-gravity conditions), theoretical analyses, and numerical simulations. The main goal is to understand the interplay between viscous and density fingering, on the one hand, and auto-catalytic reactions, on the other hand, as well as chemical reactions at liquid-liquid interfaces. The research conducted in our group combines theoretical analyses and computer simulations.

Applicants with a PhD in chemistry, physics or related fields should have expertise in theoretical analysis and in computational modeling. A good background in physical chemistry of interfaces, chemical and hydrodynamic pattern formation or flows in porous media will be helpful.

The appointment is for one year with anticipated starting date in September 2001. Applicants should send their curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation to A. De Wit before May 15, 2001 (preferably by email: Center for Nonlinear Phenomena and Complex Systems
Université Libre de Bruxelles
CP 231 - Campus Plaine
1050 Bruxelles, Belgium

Source: Anne De Wit (


Lecturer in Bioinformatics

Department of Computer Science, Centre for Mathematics and Physical Sciences in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology (CoMPLEX)

University College

Applications are invited for a Lecturer in the Bioinformatics Unit recently established at UCL under the Joint Research Councils' initiative with Professor David Jones as Director.

A major aim of the new Unit is to develop novel bioinformatics techniques that will tackle the problems thrown up by the Life Sciences in the post genomic era. The successful candidate will have a higher degree in a relevant discipline, with a strong mathematical modelling or Computer Science background. They will undertake research and contribute to teaching in bioinformatics.

Salary will be on the Lecturer A or B scale in the range £19,889-£33,101 pa (including London Allowance) (under review).

For further details please see Please send applications including a current CV to Claire Cawley, Department of Computer Science, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT. The closing date for applications is June xx, 2001

Working toward Equal Opportunity

Source: Jaroslav Stark.

5-year Temporary Lectureship

Department of Engineering Mathematics

University of Bristol

Following the appointment of Dr Bernd Krauskopf to an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship, applications are invited for a five year Temporary Lectureship in Mathematics to support teaching and research in the Department. The successful candidate will be expected to start on 1st October 2001 The starting salary will be in the range 17,755--20,465 pounds according to experience.

Further details and instructions on submitting an application for the post are available at (the vacancy reference number 7376 should be quoted on all correspondence).

All the research in the Department was grade 5 in the last RAE and in the recent Subject Review we obtained 23 points (together with the School of Mathematics). The research of the Applied Nonlinear Mathematics Group is internationally known: further details at More general information on the Department and the Faculty of Engineering is also available, including details of the Bristol Laboratory for Advanced Dynamic Engineering (BLADE) - - a 15M pound facility funded by JIF, which will provide a world-class facility for interdisciplinary work.

Informal enquiries are most welcome and may be made to Professor John Hogan, tel. 0117 928 7754 (+44 117 928 7754 from outside the UK) or via email to

Source: Alan Champneys

Lecturer in Experimental Physics

Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Manchester

(Ref. 225/01)

Applications are invited for a lectureship in experimental physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy available from 1 September 2001. Applicants are expected to hold a PhD in experimental physics and to have a research record of international standing. The successful applicant will contribute to current research programmes of the Manchester Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics headed by Professor T Mullin (see website: ) In particular, he/she will be expected to initiate and contribute to research on nonlinear systems, fluid dynamics, liquid crystals, polymers or colloids. Starting salary will be in the range: £18731 - £23256 per annum (Lecturer Grade A) or £24227 - £30967 per annum (Lecturer Grade B) (salaries under review from 1 April 2001).

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor T Mullin telephone ++44 (0)161 275 4070; e-mail:

Application forms and further particulars are available at or from the Office of the Director of Personnel, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL telephone: ++44 (0)161 275 2028; fax: ++44 (0)161 275 2471; Minicom (for the hearing impaired): ++44 (0)161 275 7889; e-mail: Please quote reference: 225/01. Closing date for applications: 4 June 2001



Lectureship in Applied Mathematics

School of Mathematical Sciences

University of Nottingham

(Ref. LEG/564)

The above post is available in the Division of Theoretical Mechanics.  Candidates should be fully committed to high quality teaching and have research strengths in a branch of physical or non-physical applied mathematics, e.g. in mathematical medicine or biology, industrial mathematics, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, materials modelling or nonlinear systems. The group was graded 5 in the 1996 Research Assessment Exercise and the successful candidate will be expected to contribute strongly to maintaining and enhancing our research record.

Salary will be within the range £s;18,731 -£s;30,967 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience. This post is open to job share.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor J R King, tel: 0115 951 3854 or Email:  Information about the Division of Theoretical Mechanics is available on the WWW at:

Further details and application forms are available on the WWW at:

or from the

Personnel Office,
Highfield House,
The University of Nottingham,
University Park,
NG7 2RD. 
Telephone: 0115 951 5927.
Fax: 0115 951 5205.

Please quote ref. LEG/564.  Closing date: 8 June 2001.

Source: Janet Nicholson

Temporary lectureship in Applied Mathematics

University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is planning to advertise a one-year temporary Lectureship in Mathematics starting January 2002. This position arises due to the award of a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship to Matt Nicol. Candidates which resonate with existing research in the Department will be particularly encouraged to apply. Informal enquiries are welcome and may be made to Dr Philip J Aston, telephone +44 (0)1483 682631 or email

Source: Tom Bridges.

Miscellaneous Positions

Director of the Centre for Scientific Computing

University of Warwick

The University is establishing a new Centre for Scientific Computing which will be inter-disciplinary in nature. In its initial phases, the University will provide up to six academic and technical staff positions to launch this development. The first step is to seek a Director at Professorial level. The Director will be closely involved in appointing other colleagues and will be expected to develop the Centre, shape its intellectual profile and nurture its growth into a major research enterprise. It is also intended that the Centre will become involved in graduate education. The successful candidate should have an international reputation for research, a significant proportion of which is computationally intensive, and a broad vision for the development of computationally-based research in the sciences, engineering and other academic areas.

The individual will be attached to a particular Department although their role will be primarily within the Centre. Currently the seven Departments engaged in the Centre's development are Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics. However, applicants from any area are encouraged to apply.

Salary will be within the Professorial range.

For further information see

Informal enquiries about the post may be made to Professor Stuart Palmer, Chair of the Search Committee (tel: 02476 523399; e-mail:

Further particulars can be obtained from the Personnel Office, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL. Telephone: 024 7652 3627 and from Applications (3 copies) should name three referees. Please quote Ref No. 35/3A/00. The closing date for applications is: 11 May 2001.

Source: Andrew Stuart.

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