UK Nonlinear News, May 2002



Studentships


Joint PhD position in Advanced Automotive Control

Hamilton Institute/DaimlerChrysler Research

The Hamilton Institute invites applications for a PhD position in the general area of advanced automotive control. The project will involve utilising and developing concepts in some or all of the following areas: decentralised and interacting control systems; hybrid dynamical systems; statistical machine learning. This post is part of a collaboration with DaimlerChrysler Research (Stuttgart), the Center for Systems Science (Yale University) and the Hamilton Institute (NUI Maynooth). Candidates will be primarily based at the Hamilton Institute and at DaimlerChrysler Research.

Successful candidates are likely to have demonstrated an outstanding level of academic achievement. These posts offer an exciting opportunity to tackle fundamental research problems within a stimulating multi-disciplinary research environment with state of the art facilities and strong links to the international research community.

Applicants should send a C.V., including details of three referees to hamilton@may.ie. For further details, please visit http://www.hamilton.may.ie. The closing date for applications is the 31st May 2002.

Source: Douglas Leith


Noise-enhanced Visual Perception

UMIST

The near-universal presence of noise is usually regarded as a regrettable thing: static makes radios harder to hear and visual noise - sparkles and speckles and snow on one's television - make it harder to see what's going on. But something counter-intuitive happens when the thing one is trying to perceive lines just below the threshold of perceptibility. Then, paradoxically, the addition of a small amount of noise can actually make a signal easier to detect.

This effect, called stochastic resonance (SR), has been demonstrated in a host of perceptual tasks and in animals as diverse as crayfish and humans. Drs. Mark Muldoon and Richard Abadi are looking for a postgraduate student interested in studying the phenomenon in human visual perception. The work, funded by a standard, three-year EPSRC studentship, will combine theory and modelling with experimental work in psychophysics. The project is especially well-suited to students trained in mathematics or the physical science, who are interested in moving into the life sciences and the position must be filled by the end of September 2002. For further details, please contact:

Mark Muldoon
Dept. of Mathematics, UMIST
P.O. Box 88
Manchester M60 1QD
Phone: (0161) 200 3646
Fax: (0161) 200 3669
Email: M.Muldoon@UMIST.ac.uk

UMIST is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Source: Mark Muldoon.


Postdoctoral Positions


Two postdoctoral positions

Department of Engineering Mathematics

University of Bristol

The Applied Nonlinear Mathematics Group within the Department of Engineering Mathematics, University of Bristol has been awarded a £1M Major Multidisciplinary Research grant by the EPSRC Mathematics Programme.

This five-year rolling programme of research will involve a total of five postdoctoral research assistants, a series of structured visits by leading academics and a series of workshops and will have its own dedicated secretarial and administrative support.

Currently we are seeking to appoint two 3-year postdoctoral research assistants for the following projects:

  1. Delay differential equations, and applications to the control of engineering systems
  2. Analysis and computation of bifurcations in piecewise smooth dynamical systems

The successful candidates will be independently motivated with the ability to successfully interact with the world's leading experts in the field. Both appointments are tenable from 1st October 2002.

Informal enquiries may be made to Emma Weeks (E.Weeks@bristol.ac.uk), tel: +44 (0) 117 928 9734

Further information can be found at http://www.enm.bris.ac.uk /anm/jobs/further.html

Salary range RA1A £17,626 - £26,491 (March 2002 rates).

Applicants wishing to apply electronically must complete an "APPLICATION FORM FOR AN ACADEMIC VACANCY" found at http://www.bris.ac.uk/D epts/Personnel/recruit.htm

Source: Martin Homer.


The closing date for applications is 9.00am, 29th May 2002

Postdoctoral and Graduate Research Assistant Positions in Mathematical Cell Biology

Department of Mathematics

University of Nebraska at Omaha

An immediate postdoctoral position is available in Mathematical Cell Biology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha to investigate mathematical modelling of intracellular signal transduction. This NIH-funded project involves Boolean modelling of complex biochemical pathways and will focus on the development of exact analytical methods to analyze general Boolean networks. Qualifications for the postdoctoral position include a broad knowledge of differential equations, neural network theory, chaos and computer simulation. Knowledge of biochemical systems is desirable but not necessary. For the G.R.A. position, an excellent undergraduate record in science and mathematics is desired. As a member of the Program in Mathematical Cell Biology, the student will be a candidate for an M.A. degree in Mathematics with the potential option to become a Ph.D. candidate in Cell Biology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Send (preferably by email) curriculum vitae and names and email addresses of three references to:

Jack Heidel, Ph.D., Mathematical Cell Biology, Department of Mathematics, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE 68182-0243,
Email: jheidel@mail.unomaha.edu.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.

Source: Jack Heidel


EPSRC Postdoctoral Research Assistant: Algorithms for Extracting Effective Stochastic Dynamics

Mathematics Institute

Warwick University

An individual with expertise in computational applied mathematics or computational statistics is sought. The project is concerned with the analysis and development of algorithms for the extraction of simple stochastic models for components of large and complex deterministic dynamical systems. The project involves both theoretical and computational work, and the balance between the two can be determined by the interests and strengths of the successful applicant. Both simple model problems, and more involved applications, will be studied. Applications include a range of problems in molecular dynamics of materials. Knowledge of any one (or more) of the following will be advantageous: stochastic processes, dynamical systems, computational PDE, Markov chains and hidden Markov models, parameter estimation and hypothesis testing.

Application forms can be obtained from the Personnel Office, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, Tel: (UK)-(0)24-7652-3627, or electronically from
http://www.warwick.ac.uk/jobs/jobs24941.html
and http://www.maths.warwick.ac.uk/~stuart/pdoc.html.

Start Date: October 1st 2002 (some flexibility).

Source: Andrew Stuart.


Lectureships


Lectureship in Applied Mathematics

Department of Mathematics

Imperial College London

The post is within the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College, on the South Kensington campus.

The successful applicant will be expected to have proven research ability in some branch of Applied Mathematics and to be able to teach students both in the Mathematics Department and for other Departments within the College. Applied Mathematics is part of the Applied Mathematics RAE grouping and was rated 5* in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. The Applied Mathematics section currently has strong research interests in two broad areas of Applied Mathematics, namely Continuous Fluid Mechanics and Nonlinear Systems. The former include interests ranging from studies on the transition to turbulence to main areas of applicable hydrodynamics while interests in the latter include studies in chaos theory through to integrable systems. Applications are invited from candidates with a research interest, which either complements those of the section or in an area concerned with the application of mathematics, to the study of biological and medical systems. Further information can be obtained at
http://www.ma.ic.ac.uk.

The salary will be in the range £28,602-£32,537 plus £2,134 London Allowance per annum.

Applications, in the form of a CV, list of publications and the names of three referees, should be sent to Mrs P. Chandler, Mathematics Department, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, 180 Queen's Gate, London SW7 2BZ. Further particulars can be obtained from Mrs Chandler on 020 7594 8481, fax 020 74948561 or email: paula.chandler@ic.ac.uk.

Closing date: 30 May 2002 The College is committed to equality of opportunity

Source: Jeroen S.W. Lamb ( jswlamb@dresden.ma.ic.ac.uk).


Lectureship in Numerical Analysis

Department of Mathematics

Imperial College London

Applications are invited for a Lectureship in Numerical Analysis, with effect from October 2002, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The post is within the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College, on the South Kensington campus.

The successful applicant will be expected to have proven research ability in the Numerical Analysis of Partial Differential Equations, be able to teach students in the Mathematics Department, and to provide ancillary teaching for other Departments within the College. Numerical Analysis is part of the Applied Mathematics RAE grouping and was rated 5* in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. The appointment will be on the lecturer scale £28,602 to £32,537 p.a. plus London Allowance of £2,134.

Applications, in the form of a CV, list of publications and the names of three referees, should be sent to Mrs P. Chandler, Mathematics Department, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, 180 Queen's Gate, London SW7 2BZ. Further particulars can be obtained from Mrs Chandler on 020 7594 8481, fax 020 74948561 or email: paula.chandler@ic.ac.uk.

Closing date: 30 May 2002 The College is committed to equality of opportunity

Source: Jeroen S.W. Lamb ( jswlamb@dresden.ma.ic.ac.uk).


Temporary Lectureship in Applied Mathematics (5 Years)

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Loughborough University, UK

£20,470 - £32,537 per annum

Following the appointment of Dr Steve Coombes to an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship, applications are invited for a five year Temporary Lectureship within the Centre for Nonlinear Mathematics and Applications. Candidates are expected to have a strong record of research, preferably in one of the areas of Neural Systems, Mathematical Biology or Applied Nonlinear Dynamics. The department is committed to providing a high-quality learning environment, and the successful candidate will be expected to teach on the department's undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor J.B. Griffiths, (Tel: +44 01509-223183, e-mail: J.B.Griffiths@lboro.ac.uk).

Further information on the department may be accessed via http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/ma/

Further particulars and application forms are available from

Personnel Services,
Loughborough University,
Loughborough,
Leicestershire,
LE11 3TU, UK,

Tel: +44 01509 222173

e-mail: Personnel@lboro.ac.uk

Please quote reference MA/277. Closing Date: 7th June 2002.

A copy of this advert is held at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/ma/vacancies/applied_temp.html

Source: Steve Coombes.


Chair


Two chairs in applied mathematics

Imperial College London

Applications are invited for two Chairs in Applied Mathematics with effect from 1 October 2002, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The posts are within the Department of Mathematics of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, on the South Kensington campus.

Applied Mathematics is part of the Applied Mathematics RAE grouping, which was awarded 5* in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. The Applied Mathematics section has research interests in continuum mechanics, dynamical systems, integrable systems and is complemented by the research carried out in the Numerical Analysis and Mathematical Physics sections, which form part of the RAE Applied group.

With two recent departures from senior positions in the RAE Applied group, the Department has deemed this an excellent opportunity to strengthen the Applied section. The appointments will either consolidate the existing research strengths or develop new areas of Applied Mathematics. It is expected that the people appointed will work in an area, which has relevance to Biology or Medicine.

Further particulars are available from Mrs Janet Jones, Appointments Officer (Professors and Readers), Human Resources Division, Room 513C Sherfield Building, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London SW7 2AZ; e-mail: janet.jones@ic.ac.uk. Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor J. Elgin at j.elgin@ic.ac.uk.

Applications (8 copies) should be sent to Janet Jones at the address above. Interview Dates: June 2002.

Closing Date: 31 May 2002 The College is committed to equality of opportunity

Source: Jeroen S.W. Lamb jswlamb@dresden.ma.ic.ac.uk.


Temporary lectureship in Physics (5 years)

The University of Manchester

Department of Physics & Astronomy

(Ref. no. 375/02)

Following the award of an EPSRC Senior Fellowship to Professor T. Mullin applications are invited for a 5 year temporary lectureship in physics in the Department of Physics & Astronomy available from 1 September 2002. Applicants are expected to hold a PhD in Physics, have a research record of international standing and be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching. The successful applicant will teach both at undergraduate and postgraduate level and will contribute to current research programmes of the Manchester Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics headed by Professor Mullin. In particular he/she will be expected to initiate and contribute to research on nonlinear systems, polymers, colloids, complex fluids, microfluids, or granular materials. Starting salary will be in the range: £20470 - £24435 per annum or £25455 - £32537 per annum.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Mullin tel: +44 (0)161 275 4070; e-mail: tom.mullin@man.ac.uk.

Application forms and further particulars are available at http://www.man.ac.uk/news/vacancies 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: personnel@man.ac.uk.

Please quote ref: 375/02 Closing date for applications: 1 July 2002.

AS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER THE UNIVERSITY WELCOMES APPLICATIONS FROM SUITABLY QUALIFIED PEOPLE FROM ALL SECTIONS OF THE COMMUNITY REGARDLESS OF RACE, RELIGION, GENDER OR DISABILITY.

Source: Tom Mullin


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