CISM Advanced Summer School on Advanced topics in MHD, June 2018

David MacTaggart (Glasgow)
Andrew Hillier (Exeter)
Anthony Yeates (Durham)
Elena Khomenko (IAC)
Etienne Pariat (Meudon)
Nobumitsu Yokoi (Tokyo)


In this school we will study MHD stability theory, magnetic topology, MHD turbulence, magnetic reconnection and how all of these areas are connected in astrophysical and laboratory applications. Our treatment of these topics will go beyond what is normally presented in textbooks (hence the “Advanced” in the title).

This course is ideal for PhD students and postdocs working in MHD and will take place in the beautiful renaissance palace of CISM (Udine, Italy). PhD students can count the school towards course credits required for their doctorates.

Official flyer

The programme for the school, with lecture and registration details, can be found here.


To register for the school, please follow the link here.

Accommodation & Setting

A limited number of participants from universities and research centres who are not supported by their own institutions can be offered free lodging in the CISM guest house. Otherwise they can lodge at the price of 30 euro, per person, per night. Details of the school location can be found here. Also, here is a link to some hotels in Udine with special prices for CISM participants: hotels.


For information related to practical aspects of the school (registration, accommodation, etc.) please contact cism [at] For questions relating to academic content, please contact david.mactaggart [at]

SIAM UKIE Conference 2018 – A Student Perspective

On the 11th of January 2018 a few members of the Cardiff SIAM-IMA chapter, as well as additional SIAM members at the Cardiff University mathematics department attended the SIAM UKIE annual meeting held in Southampton. The meeting was held in the National Oceanography center, and featured a diverse range of talks given by the plenary speakers. A particular highlight of mine was the plenary talk delivered by Ruth Misener on ‘Optimisation for Gradient Boosted Trees with Risk Control’. Coming from the area of physical/engineering based mathematics, I always find it interesting to see research outside my field, and Ruth definitely offered a captivating talk on a subject I know very little about.

An interesting aspect of the day was the introduction of a ‘Poster Blitz’ session, where each person with a contributed poster had 45 seconds to advertise their poster before a very fitting ship horn signaled them away. As one of the poster presenters myself, I feel as if this was a great idea! Altogether, the poster session that followed the poster blitz event was fantastic, there was a very large selection of posters (around 40) containing work of high caliber. These included 8 posters submitted by Cardiff University students: Alex Mackay, Alex Safar, Berna Gomez, Danny Groves, Martina Cracco, Mohammed Alghazi, Nikoleta Glynatsi and Scott Morgan. I personally always enjoy the poster sessions because you not only spread your research, but hear about other interesting work happening all over the country, and make new friends in the process.

To wrap up the day after the talks, two first place and three second place prizes were offered, as well as a tour of the National Oceanographic Center where we got to meet Boaty McBoatface. The Cardiff team managed to win two prizes, Nikoleta Glynatsi won a second place prize, and I won a first place prize. I would like to offer my personal congratulations to Nikoleta, as well as all of the other prize winners!

All in all, the attendees from Cardiff felt as if the conference was a great experience, and we would like to offer our personal thanks to the organisers for putting on such a successful day! We are all looking forward to the next annual UKIE meeting, as well as other future SIAM conferences.

Danny Groves

Cardiff SIAM-IMA Student Chapter President

VACANCY: Professor of Applied Mathematics, Ireland

TITLE OF POST: Professor of Applied Mathematics.

LOCATION: University of Limerick

SALARY SCALE: €114,740 – €140,961 p.a.



  • Doctoral degree (level 10NFQ) in a relevant discipline


Teaching, research and academic leadership in Applied Mathematics.


We are seeking to appoint a Professor of Applied Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. This department is responsible for teaching at all levels across the University and also has a thriving research programme. In November 2015 the department was granted an Athena SWAN Bronze award, reflecting its commitment to addressing gender equality.

Applications are invited from leading researchers in any of the following subfields of Applied Mathematics: mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, mathematical geophysics, complex networks, numerical analysis, mathematical biology, game theory, probability theory and systems theory.

A commitment to collaborative research with departments and research centres across the University of Limerick is desirable. The Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI) is a research centre based in the department which applies mathematics to diverse real-world problems. Recent examples of MACSI projects include the modelling of moisture absorption on a silicon chip, information diffusion on Twitter-like networks, and valve wear in an alumina refinery. MACSI also works closely with research centres within UL, such as the new smart manufacturing SFI funded centre Confirm, the Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC), the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC) and the Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC). Other collaborative opportunities within the University include the Bernal Institute, Lero and health-related departments.  Further application areas of interest to the University are outlined in its strategic plan, Broadening Horizons 2015-19.

Research areas of particular strength in the department include mathematical modelling, fluid mechanics, complex systems, differential equations, numerical analysis, inverse problems, optimisation, stochastic dynamics, financial mathematics and statistics.

The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree (level 10NFQ) in a relevant discipline, an international research reputation and a significant publication record. A record of achieving research funding and leading a research group is desirable, as is experience of working in collaborative and interdisciplinary projects. The successful candidate should also demonstrate interest and experience in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

 Essential Criteria:

  • Doctoral degree (level 10NFQ) in a relevant discipline
  • Post doctoral experience in research, industry or academia
  • A significant track record in research and publication in a relevant area of Applied Mathematics
  • Submission of a statement of research plans (maximum 2 pages) and a statement of teaching experience and interests (maximum 2 pages)

Desirable Criteria:

  • A commitment to collaborative research with departments and research centres across the University, in particular MACSI
  • Experience in teaching at undergraduate or postgraduate levels
  • A record of obtaining competitive research funding
  • Evidence of academic leadership in Applied Mathematics
  • A track record of academic/industrial collaboration and/or realising industry funding

 Informal enquiries regarding the post may be directed to:
Dr Sarah Mitchell
Department of Mathematics & Statistics
University of Limerick

Apply via the HR website

SFI Starting Investigator Research Grant

Science Foundation Ireland is seeking applications for the Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIRG)

SIRG  aims to support excellent postdoctoral researchers and others who are yet to hold an independent research post in taking the initial steps towards a fully independent research career.

The SIRG award provides an opportunity for excellent early-career-stage investigators to carry out their own research project in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The award provides a contribution to the salary for the Starting Investigator (SI) and also provides funding for a postgraduate student, who will be primarily supervised by the SI. The SI will work with an associated mentor, who will provide the necessary support and infrastructure for the project to take place. €425,000 direct costs over a period of four years and covers the salary of the SI and the stipend and fees of a postgraduate student.

One of SFI’s Agenda 2020 KPI targets is to increase the proportion of female award holders to 30% by 2020. Research Bodies will be permitted to put forward a maximum of 12 candidates for the submission of a proposal to the SFI SIRG Programme 2018. A maximum of six candidates, out of the 12 permitted from each eligible research body, may be male candidates.

If you are a postdoctoral researcher with a track record in the area of applied mathematics or statistics and are interested in applying to this programme with MACSI at the University of Limerick please contact with your CV.  An eligibility is available here.

National Student Chapter Conference – 18/19th Jun 2018, Bath

The University of Bath SIAM-IMA Student Chapter is privileged to be hosting the 7th annual SIAM UKIE National Student Chapter Conference. This will take place at the University of Bath on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th June 2018.

Registration is now open. Please complete the registration form by Friday 18th May 2018.


The aim of the conference is to bring together students working in applied or industrial mathematics, and areas which use them, from across the UK and Ireland. There will be the opportunity for students to showcase their research through a talk or poster, or to discuss more informally over coffee or the provided lunch on both days.

We welcome talks and posters from any area of applied mathematics, statistics, or any mathematics which has potential applications to industry. There is some funding available for those students with an accepted presentation.

During the two day conference, we will host four fantastic plenary speakers:
Marta Blangiardo (Imperial College London)
Simon Chandler-Wilde (University of Reading)
Ian Griffiths (University of Oxford)
Nicole Spillane (CMAP, École Polytechnique)

The relevant deadlines for the conference are:
The deadline for contributed talk abstracts is Friday 30th March 2018.
The deadline for poster submissions is Friday 13th April 2018.
The deadline for registration is Friday, 18th May 2018.

For further information, registration and abstract submission, please see the conference website at Alternatively contact the committee at

We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Bath in June.

An Introduction to Postgraduate Research

During my time as an undergraduate mathematician I had many burning questions regarding the future of my academic journey, should I settle into industry, or should I continue studying?  As scary as the industrial path seemed it always appeared quite clear, however, PhD study appeared to be something quite elusive, and vague. In the past many of the questions I had were answered by staff members at the Cardiff mathematics department, however, I also found the advice and guidance of current PhD students to be incredibly helpful.

This idea motivated the SIAM-IMA chapter at Cardiff University to deliver a short, and concise ‘Introduction to Postgraduate Research’ where we aimed to answer questions about PhD studies from a student perspective. The event was held on the 6th of December, and to start proceedings members of the committee, and other postgraduate students delivered short presentations on selected topics. For instance, Christopher Seaman talked about what research is like in general, and Nikoleta Glynatsi described more about conferences and seasonal schools. After these presentations, we had a Q&A session with a postgraduate panel where the undergraduates were very engaging and asked interesting questions. To finish the event we had tea, coffee and biscuits in the UCAS room where students had the chance to ask additional (and perhaps more personal) questions. I always find that nothing gets people talking like free hot drinks and biscuits!

All in all I felt as if the event was incredibly successful, and it certainly could not have been achieved without the help of the SIAM-IMA committee and the additional postgraduate students who gave their support. I personally would like to thank to James Campbell, Martina Cracco, Christopher Seaman, Nikoleta Glynatsi, Scott Morgan and Alex Safar for their excellent presentations, and Joe Bishop, Luke Smallman and Alex Mackay for their help on the Q&A panel.

Danny Groves

Cardiff SIAM-IMA Student Chapter President


Postdoctoral Data Science Associate, Manchester

We are looking to recruit a graduate with a PhD in Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, or another related subject involving numerical mathematics, machine learning, and programming, to undertake a 36-month Knowledge Transfer Project between the University of Manchester and the Manchester-based company Process Integration Limited (PIL).

The position offers

  • an exciting project which combines innovative multidisciplinary research and new techniques from data science with an impactful industrial application
  • an invaluable experience of independently managing a high-profile project
  • access to a budget of £6,000 for professional development and training
  • mentoring and support from academic staff and industry professionals
  • a competitive salary of  £31,604 to £38,833 per annum.

Based at PIL offices in Altrincham, Manchester, the Data Science Associate will work directly with supervisors from both the University and PIL, and will use the facilities and resources of both organisations.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

For enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews please contact Dr Stefan Güttel (

Please click here for further particulars and the application form.