UK Nonlinear News, August 2002


PhD studentship in Nonlinear Mathematics

Department of Electronic and Information Engineering

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

An opportunity exists for a Ph.D. or M.Phil. studentship in the Department of Electronic and Information Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree in a mathematical or computational discipline and an interest in pursuing academic research in one of the following areas: chaos communication techniques, nonlinear channel identification and noise reduction, or nonlinear time series analysis and applications of computational nonlinear dynamics in physiology (e.g. human ventricular fibrillation or speech). Further information on the department, the university and Hong Kong should be obtained from the web. Details of related research may be found at

The studentship is competitive and covers university fees and the cost of living in Hong Kong. The position is available immediately and must be filled no later than September. Interested individuals should email Dr. Michael Small ( and include a brief statement of research interests and a CV.

Source: Dr. Michael Small (

Postdoctoral Positions

Direct and Inverse Modelling in End-to-End Environmental Estimation

Department of Statistics, London School of Economics and Political Science in collaboration with the Climate Physics Group, University College, London; London Electricity; and Risk Management Solutions (London)

Postdoctoral Research Officer, salary up to #23,637 pa including.

Applications are invited for a two year postdoctoral research post, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as a project of the Smith Institute Faraday Partnership, to work on Direct and Inverse Modelling in End-to-End Environmental Estimation (DIME). Based in the Centre for the Analysis of Time Series (CATS), Department of Statistics at LSE, the successful candidate will work with Dr Lenny Smith (CATS) and a research team also including Dr Mark Roulston (CATS) and Professor Julian Hunt (Department of Space and Climate Physics, University College, London).

Applicants should hold a doctorate, have a background in the application of mathematics or statistics to physical systems modelling and have strong scientific computing skills. Technical experience of a Linux operating environment would be particularly advantageous.

Further details of the post can be found on

Vertical Integration across Biological Scales - towards in silico organs for computational physiology

Centre for Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology

University College London

Applications are sought from mathematicians and computer scientists for 4 postdoctoral positions to work together with an interdisciplinary team on a 5-year DTI-funded Beacon Project: Vertical Integration across Biological Scales - towards in silico organs for computational physiology. We are seeking 4 postdoctoral Research Fellows, 2 with a background in computer science and 2 with a background in mathematical modelling. Three of these posts are available from 1st October 2002, the 4th post from 1st October 2003.

Post-holders will be working in the new area at the interface between the life sciences and the mathematical, physical, computational and engineering sciences. They will work closely with each other and with an interdisciplinary team of leading scientists from the Anatomy, Physiology, Immunology, Medicine, Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science Departments at UCL.

Applicants for the mathematics positions should have some experience of mathematical modelling of complex, real-world systems, though these need not be biological. What is more important is a flexible attitude to learning the methods and skills that may be required for this project. We will use a range of analytical and simulation methodologies, depending on what seems most appropriate for each particular task.

Computer science applicants may have a background in any area of computing but should have a significant interest in the construction and analysis of complex software architectures. These skills will contribute to development of large computational models of biological processes and will inform research on 'grid technologies'.

Training opportunities will be available in areas complementary to the expertise of those appointed, e.g. in particular areas of the life sciences, IT, aspects of grid technology and mathematical modelling of biological processes.

We are particularly interested in applicants who can play a significant role in project coordination. Appointments will be for three years in the first instance. Starting salary will be between £21,815 and £29,679 (including London Allowance), at Research Fellow 1A/2 level, depending on skills and experience.

Application should be made by e-mail and include a CV and the names and contact details of 2 referees to Helen Jefferson-Brown (E-mail:, from whom further particulars may be obtained.

Closing Date: August 16th 2002

Source: Stephen Baigent (

Chemical morphogenesis

Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal

University of Bordeaux I, France

A post-doctoral position is available at the ``Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal'' (University of Bordeaux I, France) for a citizen of one of the following countries (note that COUNTRIES OF EUROPEAN UNION ARE EXCLUDED).

OCDE countries: Australia, Canada, Korea, United States, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Czech republic, Slovakia, Switzerland, Turkey.

Other eligible countries (exclusively): South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Israel, India, Rumania, Russia.


The chemical morphogenesis group develops a project which aims to couple reaction-diffusion processes with mechanical properties of gels. This relies on the use of chemically responsive gels which swell/deswell as a function of the surrounding medium. The purpose is to generate new classes of instabilities leading to temporal and spatio-temporal structures.

The project is developed both from an experimental point of view (P. De Kepper, E. Dulos, F. Gauffre) and from a theoretical/numerical one (J. Boissonade). Preliminary hitherto undocumented experimental results have already been obtained. Modelling of the swelling dynamics with and without the chemistry is now undertaken.

The position is mainly intended for a theoretician with good expertise in numerical simulation, but a good experimentalist could also apply if the scientific profile is perfectly suited.

One or several of the following abilities would be greatly appreciated:

For a theoretician (preferred appointment)

For an experimentalist:

The duration of the grant is one year (with a possible extension of six months). The salary is 1830 euros/month, after deduction of all charges (including health insurance).

Applications must be sent by e-mail to:
P. De Kepper
J. Boissonade
with a C.V. and a publication list. If files are attached, please, only use a portable format (plain text, postscript, PDF or html). Recommendations will be highly appreciated.

Note that, even by e-mail, P. De Kepper cannot be contacted from 07/26/02 to 09/08/02 and J. Boissonade cannot be contacted from 07/16/02 to 09/01/02, so that answers to mails will be delayed to beginning of September.

Bifurcation Theory

University of Bristol/University of Bath)

3 year postdoc position (Bifurcation Theory) at University of Bristol/ University of Bath

PhD studentship (Bifurcations in stick-slip systems) at University of Bristol/Imperial College

Alan Champneys, John Hogan, Mario di Bernardo, Martin Homer and Eddie Wilson from the Applied Nonlinear Mathematics Group in the Department of Engineering Mathematics at the University of Bristol together with David Wagg from Mechanical Engineering at Bristol, Chris Budd of the Centre for Nonlinear Mechanics at Bath, Ugo Galvanetto from Aerospace Engineering at Imperial College, and Bill Strong of the Engineering Faculty at Cambridge are all members of the European IST Programme project SICONOS. SICONOS which stands for Simulation and Control of Nonsmooth Systems is a four-year project due to start in Sept 2002 co-ordinated by Bernard Brogliato from Grenoble, assisted by Mario di Bernardo, and involves 10 partner institutions.

The overall objective is to produce software for simulation and continuation of non-smooth dynamical systems which are cast in the framework of so-called complimentatity systems.

We are looking for two positions to start as soon as possible:

  1. A 3 year postdoc (on the scale RA1A) to work within the workpackage on Bifurcation Theory. Specific objectives include the classification of codimension-one and two bifurcations of equilibria and periodic orbits in classes of non-smooth systems, and the setting of such problems within the framework of numerical continuation. Ideal candidates should have a PhD or equivalent experience with expertise in dynamical systems, and have a strong numerical or computation background. This project will be split between the Universities of Bristol (2/3) and Bath (1/3).
  2. A PhD student to work on bifurcations in stick-slip systems. This project will be split between Bristol (2/3) and Imperial College (1/3).

Informal enquiries for either position may be sent to Alan Champneys.

Source: Alan Champneys.

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