UK Nonlinear News, February 2004

PhD Studentships

Research Studentships in Mathematical Meteorology

Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Surrey

The Department expects to be able to offer up to two PhD studentships in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Surrey in the area of mathematical meteorology from October 2004. It is anticipated that one of these studentships will include a CASE award with the UK Met Office. The research will focus on the assimilation of data into numerical weather prediction models. Errors that occur in specifying the initial conditions are responsible for the majority of poor forecasts, and there is a premium in the optimal exploitation of observational data. Most operational forecasting centres now use variational techniques and control theory as a basis for their data assimilation, and these studentships will study techniques for incorporating constraints, which are designed to minimize the growth of spurious modes, into the variational schemes.The research will provide the students with an excellent introduction to control theory, stochastic differential equations and numerical modelling.

For further information, please contact 

Dr Ian Roulstone
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Surrey
Guildford GU2 7XH. 
Tel: 01483 689638

Source: Ian Roulstone <>

PhDs in Mathematical Neuroscience

Centre for Mathematical Medicine, School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Nottingham

Three fully funded PhD studentships in the area of Mathematical Neuroscience are currently available within the Centre for Mathematical Medicine, School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Nottingham. Topics under offer include

These projects would be suitable for candidates with a good class degree in mathematics, physics or computational neuroscience. With all projects there is the potential for joint work with members of the Nottingham Institute of Neuroscience .

Details of the projects on offer can be found at 

Successful candidates would be expected to take up their studies between 1st Mar 2004 and 1st Oct 2004.

In the first instance enquiries should be addressed to

Dr Steve Coombes 
Centre for Mathematical Medicine 
School of Mathematical Sciences 
University of Nottingham 
Nottingham NG7 2RD 

Tel: 0115 846 7836

Source: Stephen Coombes <>

Postdoctoral Positions

Postdoctoral Position in the Bristol Centre for Applied Nonlinear Mathematics

Department of Engineering Mathematics, University of Bristol

The Bristol Centre for Applied Nonlinear Mathematics within the Department of Engineering Mathematics is seeking to appoint a three-year postdoctoral research assistant on an EPSRC Mathematics Programme 1M Major Multidisciplinary Research grant for the following project: Understanding the theoretical basis behind making real-time dynamic sub-structuring work.

Further information can be found at:

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 9.00am, 18th February 2004


Joseph Ford Postdoctoral Fellowships 

Center for Nonlinear Science, Georgia Institute of Technology

The faculty of the Center for Nonlinear Science invites applications for the Joseph Ford Postdoctoral Fellowships for research in computational fluid dynamics, classical and quantum chaos, complex systems, statistical physics, turbulence and related fields.


Interested applicants should 

Professor Predrag Cvitanovic' 
Center for Nonlinear Science 
School of Physics 
837 State Street, NW 
Georgia Institute of Technology 
Atlanta, GA 30332-0430 
Fax: 1+404 385-2506

Source: Predrag Cvitanovic <>


Lectureships in Pure and Applied Mathematics

University of Southampton

The School of Mathematics invites applications for the appointment to a Chair in Statistics and four Lectureships in the fields of Applied Mathematics, Operational Research, Pure Mathematics and Statistics. The University is in the top ten of research-led universities in the UK for both research quality and research income. In the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise all the units of assessment were rated 5.

For details of these positions follow the links below:

Professor of Statistics (
Lectureship in Statistics (
Lectureship in Applied Mathematics (
Lectureship in Operational Research (
Lectureship in Pure Mathematics (

Source: David Chillingworth <>

Lectureship in Applied Mathematics

University of St Andrews

Applications are invited for a lectureship in Applied Mathematics beginning September 2004. The successful candidate will have significant research experience supported by high-quality publications and be able to teach a wide range of courses in undergraduate mathematics. There is a preference for candidates having established expertise in fluid dynamics, ideally in both analytical and computational aspects. Outstanding candidates in other areas of applied mathematics are also encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to enhance research strengths in applied mathematics, e.g. through research grants and studentships (see

St Andrews is highly ranked in Mathematics, top in Scotland and second in the UK according to the 2003 Guardian University Guide, and fourth in the UK according to the 2003 Times Survey of British Universities. All divisions in the School were rated 5 in the last Research Assessment Exercise, are highly active in a variety of international research efforts, and in several cases lead them. The Division of Applied Mathematics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics consists of several research groups specializing in various aspects of fluid dynamics, plasma physics, and solar physics. Close links exist between these groups, in computational and analytical techniques and also in the fundamental nature of the mathematical systems studied. The Division has been highly successful in attracting postgraduate students and research fellows, through UK Research Councils, the European Commission, and elsewhere.

State-of-the-art computing facilities are available, including a state-of-the-art parallel linux cluster. Further details may be found on the website (see "research in mathematics and statistics"), which includes links to the University as a whole and its attractive environment.

There is a preference for candidates with an established track record in computational and analytical fluid dynamics, to enhance existing strengths within the Division (see High quality teaching of undergraduate courses is regarded as important.

The present lectureship is likely to be the first of a number of new appointments in applied mathematics which will become available in the next few years.

Closing Date: 31 March 2004

Application packs from 

Human Resources
University of St Andrews
College Gate
North Street
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9AJ
Tel: 01334 462571
Fax: 01334 462570

Informal enquiries are welcome. Please contact 

Professor David Dritschel
Tel: +44-1334-463721

Source: David Dritschel <>

Lectureships in Mathematics at Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Applications are invited for two posts of Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, tenable from 1 August 2004. Applicants should have a strong research interest in an area of relevance to the research activities in the department.

For one post, preference will be given to applicants with an interest in Applied Analysis.

For the other post, preference will be given to applicants with an interest in either Applied Analysis or Numerical Analysis.

Further information about the department can be found via 

Application details are given at 

Source: Des Higham <>

Lecturer in Holistic Science - part time post (approx. 4/5 time)

Dartington Hall Trust, Devon

In anticipation of the retirement of Professor Brian Goodwin, author of How the Leopard Changed its Spots and Co-author of Signs of Life: How Complexity Pervades Biology, the college is  seeking a member of staff to teach on the MSc in Holistic Science programme.

Schumacher College is an international college for ecological studies located on the Dartington Hall estate in south Devon, UK. The College offers a one-year MSc programme in Holistic Science in partnership with the nearby University of Plymouth. The College also offers short courses of one to three weeks duration throughout the year taught by leading thinkers and activists in their fields.

Applicants should have academic and research experience at lecturer level in the areas of biology and the health of individuals, communities or organisations. They should be familiar with the ways in which complexity theory can deepen our understanding of these subjects, and have a deep interest in the ecological crisis. A successful record in teaching, student support, administration and community living will be sought. Close interaction with students, staff and the changing community of learners at Schumacher College will be necessary.

Salary: 20-25,000 pro rata, depending on experience

Application deadline: March 22nd 2004. Applicants will need to be available for interview during the week beginning April 19th 2004.

For more information contact:

Gideon Kossoff
Schumacher College
The Old Postern, Dartington
Devon TQ9 6EA
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1803 865934 
Fax: +44 (0)1803 866899

Source: Gideon Kossoff <>

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