UK Nonlinear News, February 2002


EPSRC Studentship on Dissipative Particle Dynamics

Durham University

Dissipative Particle Dynamics is a model for hydrodynamics, based on the simulation of soft spheres whose motion is governed by simple but stochastic collision rules. The model is used in industry and by use of bead-and-spring particles may be used for polymeric fluids. This project will consider numerical methods for Dissipative Particle Dynamics. The aim is to improve existing numerical methods and to develop a theoretical understanding of the different thermostats available in such situations.

Applications are invited from those with a mathematical or computational based degree. The studentship is based at Durham University and will start in October 2002. Informal enquiries should be made to Tony Shardlow (, 0191-374-7784).

Source: Tony Shardlow (

Graduate Research Assistantships: Biocomplexity in African Savannas

Colorado State University

The Natural Resources Ecology Laboratory, with collaboration in the Departments of Mathematics and Forestry at Colorado State University, and in African research institutions, have initiated a research project to study the determinants of vegetation structure in African savannas. Our aim is to investigate the interaction and feedbacks between climate, biogeochemistry, fire and herbivory in controlling savanna structure and function and the mechanisms that may lead to savanna stability, resilience and bifurcation dynamics. The project will include analysis of new and historical field measurements at plot to continental scales, simulation modeling, and dynamical systems analysis. Graduate Research Assistantships are available for students at Masters or PhD levels with interest in savanna ecology and ecosystem processes at landscape and coarser scales, or with interests in dynamical system modeling. Students will be encouraged to develop their research in the context of the following project areas:

We seek to fill the GRA positions as soon as possible, with start dates on or before May 15, 2002. Graduate student stipends are in the range $16,000-17,000, with tuition fees covered by the project. Enthusiastic candidates are encouraged to apply by sending a letter outlining research interests and experience, together with a CV to Niall Hanan. For more specific information on the studentships, please contact Niall Hanan (Project 1) or Gerhard Dangelmayr (Project 2).

Dr. Niall Hanan 
Natural Resource Ecology Lab 
Colorado State University 
Fort Collins, CO 80523 
Phone: 970-491-0240

Dr. Gerhard Dangelmayr 
Mathematics Department 
Phone: 970-491-6451

Source: Gerhard Dangelmayr (

Postdoctoral Positions

Post-doctoral position

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Applications are invited from individuals wishing to collaborate with faculty in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. This is a year long postdoctoral fellowship commencing in the summer of 2002. Successful candidates will have recently completed a Ph.D. degree.

As a first priority the Department seeks an individual wishing to work in the theory of integrable systems and/or the theory of orthogonal polynomials, supervised by Dr. J. Szmigielski, and as a second priority, classical mechanics and particularly Hamiltonian systems with symmetry, supervised by Dr. G.W. Patrick. If a suitable candidate cannot be found in one of the priority areas, the Department invites applications in other areas. For more information on possible areas and detailed research projects, visit the Department's web site at

Applicants should send a CV and have three letters of recommendations sent to:

Department of Mathematics and Statistics University of Saskatchewan
106 Wiggins Road
Saskatoon, SK. S7N 5E6, Canada

Review of the applications will begin immediately. Teaching load of 1 course per term and participation in a seminar will be required. Salary up to 40,000 Canadian dollars will be commensurate with experience. A successful candidate will have an opportunity for an internal research grant. This position is exempt from Canada Employment validation and applications are invited from qualified individuals regardless of their immigration status in Canada. The University of Saskatchewan is committed to employment equity. Members of designated groups (women, Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, and visible minorities) are encouraged to self-identify on their applications.

Source: Cheryl Piche (

Constructing Gene Networks from Time Series Data

(Institute of Child Health, Department of Mathematics and Centre for Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology (CoMPLEX)

University College London 

Following the award of a BBSRC Exploiting Genomics grant, we are seeking to employ two post-doctoral research assistants and a bioinformatician to work on this innovative interdisciplinary project. Our goal is to develop new methods of constructing gene and protein regulatory networks, using time series of Affymetrix microarray gene expression data. We will be focussing on the network centred on the biologically important p53 regulated DNA damage response.

Cell/Molecular Biology: Post-Doctoral RA: Transcriptional Response to DNA Damage. (RA1A: point 6 £18,731)

One research assistant will have a recent PhD in field related to molecular and cellular biology. The successful candidate will be responsible for carrying out biological experiments and gathering data from Affymetrix arrays of 39,000 human transcripts. Experience of RNA handling is an advantage, as is proven attention to detail.

Mathematical Post-Doctoral RA: Modelling of the DNA Damage Response. (RA1A: point 6 £18,731)

One research assistant (RA1A: £18, 731) is expected to have a mathematical or computational background and will concentrate on developing models based on the biological data. A background in nonlinear dynamics, time series analysis, or the mathematical modelling of biological systems would be an advantage.

Bioinformatician: Transcriptomics (From £18,731)

The bioinformatician will have a qualification in bioinformatics or experience in manipulating microarray data. Programming skills, computer management experience, and familiarity with current gene array data handling procedures and are desirable. The successful candidate will be responsible for array data management in a biological context. In collaboration with the Bioinformatics unit at UCL, they will help ensure compatibility of array data with EBI preferred formats (ArrayExpress), and play an interdisciplinary role in the manipulation of microarray data generated by a variety of groups at UCL.

The positions are all for a duration of 3 years. The successful candidates will be based at the 5*-rated Institute of Child Health. They will benefit from the lively interdisciplinary environment provided by CoMPLEX (see which will provide an opportunity to interact with a wide variety of projects at the interface of medical science, mathematics and computing.


Dr. M. Hubank
Institute of Child Health, UCL
30 Guilford Street, London
WC1N 3EH. 
Tel: +44-20-7905-2266

Prof. J. Stark, 
Department of Mathematics, UCL
Gower Street, London
WC1E 6BT. 
Tel: +44-20-7679-1368

Closing Date for Applications 28th February 2002

Source: Jaroslav Stark (

Residual Convection in Protein Crystallisation

Center for Nonlinear Phenomena and Complex Systems 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 Belgian laboratories sponsored by the the Belgian government and coordinated with the space research activities of the European Space Agency.

The research project is centered around protein crystallisation experiments to be sent in a microgravity environment during the flight of the Belgian astronaut Frank De Winne in November 2002. The team at the Center for Nonlinear Phenomena and Complex Systems will focus on the theoretical analysis of the residual convection that may affect the crystal growth both on earth and in microgravity. Our analysis will be mainly numerical and based on experimental data provided by collaborating teams of other Belgian universities.

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 protein cristallisation will be an advantage.

The appointment is for one year (with a possibility of extension for a second year) and will be made at the postdoctoral level with a salary depending on the background and experience of the candidate. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should send their curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation to

Dr. A. De Wit. (preferably by email:
Center for Nonlinear Phenomena and Complex Systems 
Université Libre de Bruxelles CP 231 - Campus Plaine 1050 
Bruxelles, Belgium

TEL: 32-(0)2-650 5774 
Fax: 32-(0)2-650 5767 

Source: Anne De Wit (


Faculty position in Dynamics

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Dynamics. The search will be carried out broadly and all exceptional candidates within this general area will be given full consideration. We are, however, particularly interested in candidates whose research interests are in nonlinear dynamic phenomena in engineered and natural materials/systems; experimental expertise is highly desirable.

The appointment will likely be at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor without tenure, although in exceptional cases a senior appointment may be considered. Applicants must hold a doctorate in the fields of Science or Engineering and must have demonstrated an ability to carry out outstanding research and have a strong record of, or promise for, outstanding teaching.

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, copies of not more than five publications, and complete contact information for at least three references, to the following address:

Chair, Dynamics Faculty Search Committee
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Room 3-173
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

MIT is an equal-opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Applications received by March 15, 2002 will receive full consideration.

Source: George Haller.

Miscellaneous Positions

Senior Research Position

Hamilton Institute

National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Applications are invited from well qualified candidates for a number of positions at the Hamilton Institute. The successful candidates will be outstanding researchers who can demonstrate an exceptional research track record or significant research potential at international level in the general area of modern statistical and machine learning methods for data intensive probabilistic modelling and reasoning, particularly in the context of time series analysis and nonlinear dynamics.

We are committed to research excellence. This post offers a unique opportunity for tackling fundamental problems in a leading edge multi-disciplinary research group with state of the art facilities. All appointments are initially for 3 years, extendable to 5, with the potential for permanency.

Salary scale: to $81000 approx.

Further information:

Please visit our web site at:  

Enquiries to Prof. Douglas Leith,

Source: Shona Leith (


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