UK Nonlinear News, November 2002

Research Assistant

Characterisation and Prediction of Nonlinear Dynamical Systems from Time Series with Emphasis on Information Processing

Department of Electronic and Information Engineering

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

A vacancy exists for a research assistant (1 year) in the Department of Electronic and Information Engineering at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Applicants must have a good honours degree in mathematics, physics or engineering and an interest in pursuing research in chaos communication and nonlinear time series analysis. Applicants with additional qualifications and experience are also encouraged to apply. Further information about the department and the relevant research areas may be found on the following pages

Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience.

For further information and to apply please contact:

Dr Michael Small
Electronic and Information Engineering
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Tel.: +852 2766 4744

providing a brief CV and a description of your research interests/experience.

Postdoctoral Positions

Joseph Ford Fellowships

Center for Nonlinear Science

Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

The 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, biological systems and related fields. More information about the Center is available at: Applicants 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 directly to:

Professor Predrag Cvitanovic, Center for Nonlinear Science, School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0430,
fax: (404) 385-2506,

Applications for the academic year 2003/2004 received before December 13, 2002 will be given full consideration.

Source: Center for Nonlinear Science (

Postdoctoral positions 2003/04

The Center for Mathematical Analysis, Geometry, and Dynamical Systems, Department of Mathematics

Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal

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, subject to budgetary approval. 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, 2003, and January 1, 2004.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in mathematics preferably obtained after December 31, 2000. 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:

Professor Carlos Rocha
Center for Mathematical Analysis, Geometry, and Dynamical Systems
Departamento de Matematica
Instituto Superior Tecnico
Avenida Rovisco Pais
1049-001 Lisboa

To ensure full consideration, complete application packages should be received by January 15, 2003. Additional information about the Center and the positions is available at

Source: Luis Barreira.

Applied Non-Linear Control

Department of Computer Automation and Control

Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

This position in applied non-linear control of dynamic systems is available at the Department of Computer Automation and Control for a period up to 15 months.

Applicants must have a PhD (or equivalent) degree at the time of appointment. Candidates with background in control engineering or applied mathematics with strong interest and previous experience in one or more of the following areas are encouraged to apply for the position:

Software development skills and practical experience is desirable. The research will include theoretical studies, software development and application studies within a group of PhD students, postdocs, Master degree students and industrial collaborators. The project is funded by the European Commission under a Research Training Network. The Multi-Agent Control (MAC) network is a collaboration between the Universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde, Maynooth, NTNU, DTU and the Jozef Stefan Institute (participants). The University of Glasgow acts as the project coordinator. The post carry competitive stipend of up to 22000 EUR per year and offer possibilities of research related travel.

The European Commission requires that the candidate is aged 35 years or less at the time of his appointment and must be a national of a Member State of the Community or of an Associated State (excluding Slovenia) or have resided in the Community for at least five year prior to the appointment.

Please visit the project web site for more information. Details about the individual vacancies can be found at If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Jus Kocijan at Jozef Stefan Institute, tel. +386 1 4773661, E-mail:

Send your inquiries which should include a CV with a publication list to:
Dr. Jus Kocijan
Jozef Stefan Institute
Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Source Jus Kocijan (

Computational Biology: Development of Hierarchical Models of Human Atrium

Biological Physics Group, Physics Department


This post is available for two years and funded by an EPSRC project grant to develop electrophysiological models of human atrium. You will improve existing biophysically detailed models of electrical activity of human atrial myocytes, and extend the cellular model into tissue and anatomical models to construct virtual human atrium: computation and visualisation of two- and three-dimensional partial differential equations for the human atrium. This will require expertise in cellular and tissue electrophysiology, numerical solution of stiff high order, differential and partial differential equations, nonlinear dynamics and nonlinear wave theory, and scientific visualisation, within a mixed Irix and Solaris environment.

The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, with a keen interest in the development of integrative computational biology, applications to cardiology and cardiac arrhythmias, with a relevant PhD and experience in some of biomedical engineering; computer modelling biological/physical systems.

Informal enquiries to
Dr. Henggui Zhang, Biological Physics Group, UMIST
Telephone: +44 (0)161 200 3966,
Professor Arun Holden, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Leeds
Telephone: +44 (0)113 343 4251,

Salary will be within the scale: £ 17,626-£26,4941 per annum (under review), according to age and experience.

Applications, including a full CV and the names of 2 referees, should be sent to:
Dr H. Zhang, Biological Physics Group, Department of Physics, UMIST, PO Box 88, Manchester M60 1QD.
The closing date is 21 November 2002. Please quote reference: PHY/CV/220.

For further details see

Further details about the Physics Department and Biological Physics Group can be obtained from

UMIST is an equal opportunity employer

Source: Dr. Henggui Zhang (

Two Postdoctoral Positions in Applied Nonlinear Mathematics

Department of Engineering Mathematics

University of Bristol

Two positions are available for 3-year postdoctoral positions starting October 2003 as part of the Bristol Centre for Applied Nonlinear Mathematics. The two projects will look specifically at:

RA C: Overcoming instabilities in helicopter dynamics via the computation of invariant tori (see

RA D: Models of shear band formation in soil mechanics (See

At this stage interested applicants are encouraged to email Emma Weeks to register their interest. They will then shortly be sent further details including how to apply.



Statistical properties of dynamical systems with symmetry

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

University of Surrey

We invite applications for a three-year EPSRC funded postdoctoral position at the University of Surrey, Guildford, on a project which will investigate ergodic theoretic aspects of dynamical systems and related topics. We are looking for someone with a broad expertise in dynamical systems and/or ergodic theory.

The official announcement for this position will appear in due course. The project will be hosted by the Mathematics Research Group at Surrey and will start in April 2003.

The Mathematics Research Group has an active departmental seminar in Dynamical Systems with frequent visits by external speakers from the UK and overseas. There are also extensive research collaborations and contacts between the Dynamical Systems group at Surrey University and researchers in dynamical systems and ergodic theory at several universities including Exeter, Imperial, Manchester, Queen Mary, UMIST and Warwick.

For further information or informal enquiries please contact

Ian Melbourne or Matthew Nicol
Dept of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Surrey, Guildford, GU2 7XH UK

Source: Ian Melbourne (

Magnetic Reconnection and Turbulence in Solar Coronal Plasmas

Department of Mathematics, School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences

University of Waikato, New Zealand

An opening exists for a post-doctoral position in solar magnetohydrodynamics. The title of the project is ``Magnetic Reconnection and Turbulence in Solar Coronal Plasmas.'' Associated research will include both analytic and numerical work on reconnection theory (including turbulent reconnection), current sheets, and magnetic flux tubes, with applications to solar flares and coronal heating.

Applicants should have a PhD in mathematics or physics with experience in analytical and computational techniques for (linear and nonlinear) MHD systems.

This is a three year position funded by The Marsden Fund.

Salary will be in the range NZ$46,564 to NZ$49,614 per annum, which is well above the median annual income in New Zealand.

Applications should be made using the forms available at Please contact Dr Sean Oughton ( for informal information regarding the position.

Review of applications will commence on Friday, 22 November 2002.

Source: Sean Oughton (


Lectureship in Theoretical Physics


Universite Libre de Bruxelles

Applications are invited for a full-time lectureship in Theoretical Physics starting no later than October 1, 2003. The successful candidate will join one of the research teams presently active in theoretical physics within the Physics Department. He/she must have a record of high-level scientific research, as well as an aptitude for university teaching. The appointee will gradually acquire teaching duties equivalent to those of the other full-time lecturers and professors of the Faculty.

It should be pointed out that in the Physics Department, courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels, are regularly subject to reassessment and reassignment.

If the successful candidate is not already a member of the professorial or scientific staff of the ULB, or a permanent member of the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS) working at the ULB, he/she will receive a temporary three-year contract, at the end of which if the Conseil d'Administration (Governing body of the ULB) so decides, he/she will be awarded a permanent position provided for by the University budget.

Applicants should send two copies of a full curriculum vitae to:

M. Pierre de MARET
Rector of the Université Libre de Bruxelles,
avenue F.-D. Roosevelt, 50

They must also ask three referees to send letters of recommendation directly to

Head of the Physics Department,
ULB, Faculté des Sciences CP 230
Boulevard du Triomphe
to whom all further formal enquiries should be addressed.

The dead-line for applications in November 30, 2002

Source: Pierre Gaspard (

Lectureship in Mathematics

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

University of Surrey

An advert will go out this month inviting applications for this Lectureship from candidates with a strong research background in any branch of applied mathematics or the interface between pure and applied mathematics. Candidates in the areas of dynamical systems, geometric mechanics, patterns and symmetry or mathematical biology are particularly encouraged to apply. The formal advert will be posted on the university site and on

Research at Surrey includes themes in applied and nonlinear mathematics and spans the subject from the development of new ideas in mathematics, to the development of methods for physical problems, to modelling and interdisciplinary collaborations. Application areas include pattern formation, biology, fluid mechanics, electronics, molecular spectra, oceanography and turbulence. In the 2001 RAE, research in applied mathematics at Surrey was rated 5A. Further information and details of current projects can be found at the website

The Post is available from 1st May 2003 or such other date as may be agreed. The appointment will be subject to the Statutes and Ordinances of the University, and the salary is on the Lecturer B Scale according to qualifications and experience.

Informal academic enquiries are welcome and may be made to Professor I. Melbourne ( or Professor R.M. Roberts (; further contact info is available at

Source: Tom Bridges (

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