New President and Vice President elected

The SIAM UKIE election results are in. Of the 283 eligible voters, 122 people voted, which is a good turnout. Many thanks to those who have voted!

Congratulations go to Prof. Ivan Graham (University of Bath) and Dr John MacKenzie (University of Strathclyde) on being elected as the new President and Vice President of our SIAM UKIE section. Ivan and John will serve in their roles for a period of two years until the end of March 2019. We are all looking forward to working together.

Prof. Des Higham and Prof. Jennifer Scott’s terms end with this election and we are grateful for their hard work and contributions to the section. During their terms the section has been extremely active, with a large number of events being organised by our Student Chapters, including the National SC Conferences in Reading (2015), Cardiff (2016), and Galway (2017), as well as two excellent annual meetings being held in Cambridge (2016) and Strathclyde (2017). Both Des and Jennifer have kindly agreed to assist the new presidents with the transition and we hope that the section will continue to benefit from their contributions, formally or informally, in future years.

PostDoc Position in Computational Optimization

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton (UK) is currently recruiting a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Computational Optimization to work on a new research project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The aim of the project is to develop a solver for bilevel optimization based on continuous optimization techniques which rely on strong mathematical foundations. Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent experience in Mathematical Optimization, the ability to pursue research independently and as part of a team, and a track record of high quality original research. Expertise in nonsmooth and/or nonconvex optimization and computational optimization would be advantageous.

The post is located in the Operational Research Group (part of the Department of Mathematical Sciences), a committed and vibrant team of more than 30 academic staff and postgraduate students. We collaborate with more than 150 industrial partners across the world to enable impact arising from our research. We take part in CORMSIS, the Centre for Operational Research, Management Science, and Information Systems, a joint research endeavour of the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Business School of the University of Southampton. CORMSIS is the largest of such groups in the UK, and spans the full spectrum of current Operational Research and Management Science.
For more details on the position and the application procedure, please visit the following link:

NA Positions, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

We have an fixed-term opening for an outstanding, ambitious junior researcher to join the Numerical Analysis Group at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, near Oxford, England. The Group’s main focus is on topics relating to large-scale numerical linear algebra and optimization.

The position will involve undertaking novel independent and collaborative scientific research at an international level in an area of computational numerical analysis that is closely related to the existing research interests of the Group. The role will also contribute to developing, supporting and maintaining software within the Group’s key software projects (notably HSL, SPRAL and GALAHAD).

Further responsibilities will include developing national and international research collaborations, and working with colleagues on the development and expansion of projects involving STFC scientific facilities (notably the ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source, Diamond Light Source and RAL Space).

For further details, please visit
or contact us (, by email for particular queries. The closing date for applications is the 14th of May 2017, with interviews scheduled for the 12th of June 2017.

We also have an opening for a software engineer to join the group.  The new role will involve developing, supporting and maintaining software within the Group’s key software projects, and will also involve helping and advising users of the Group’s software. This is a post that will appeal to a highly-motivated and proactive software developer with a mathematical background and experience of software engineering.  For further details, please visit


Manchester SIAM-IMA Student Chapter Conference 5th May

On May 5th the Manchester SIAM-IMA Student Chapter will be hosting its 7th annual conference (#MSISCC17). This is a one day conference for chapter members and other students of the University of Manchester, primarily focused on applied and industrial mathematics.

We are excited to announce that we have 4 plenary speakers this year, Dr Kasia Rejzner (University of York), Tony Royle (Open University), Prof. Endre Süli (University of Oxford) and Prof. Sven Hammarling (University of Manchester).

We will have also talks and posters presented by student members of the chapter, with prizes for best poster/talk kindly sponsored by NAG. In past years this event has been a great opportunity to highlight how maths is used in interdisciplinary research, and we hope to continue this tradition this year, with such varied topics included as quantum physics and aircraft flight.

Young Researchers in Mathematics (YRM) Aug 2017 – Registration Open

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We invite all research postgraduate students, PhD students and postdocs within any mathematics discipline to attend the Young Researchers in Mathematics (YRM) conference 2017, the UK’s largest annual mathematics conference run for postgraduates, by postgraduates.  This year the University of Kent, Canterbury (situated just an hour from London) will be hosting the event which takes place between the 1st and 4th August.

We have the pleasure to announce plenary talks from the following speakers:

  • Professor Elizabeth Mansfield (Kent),
  • Dr Martina Balagovic (Newcastle),
  • Professor Keith Ball (Warwick)

There will also be keynote talks from distinguished academics in diverse areas of mathematics, including algebra, functional analysis, mathematical physics, number theory, integrable systems, mathematical modelling, group theory, geometry and topology. As well as the plenary and keynote talks, there will also be a public talk, given by Professor Paul Sutcliffe (Durham), and several workshops.

We invite and encourage every attendee to contribute a 20 minute talk on their research and/or participate in the poster competition in the relaxed atmosphere of the conference.

The registration fee is £60 and includes refreshments at the breaks, lunch every day, and the conference dinner. Thanks to the LMS we are pleased to announce a two-for-one deal for any postgraduate who attends both the YRM 2017 and the British Mathematical Colloquium (BMC) in Durham. Participants of both conferences will have their BMC registration fee reimbursed.  Thanks to the EMS we also have limited funds to help with the travel costs of students travelling from Scottish universities to attend YRM 2017. These funds are awarded on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, as well as speakers, scheduling and how to register, please visit  Registration closes 30th June.

The conference is supported by the following organisations: SIAM-UKIE, LMS, Heilbronn Institute, NAG, EMS, Maple, ThinkTank Maths, and Kent Graduate School.

Postdoc position in applied analysis/PDEs at Imperial College London

Project Title: Nonlocal Partial Differential Equations: entropies, gradient flows, phase transitions and applications

Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics Section

Department of Mathematics

South Kensington Campus

Salary Range: £36,070 – £43,350 p.a.

Fixed Term for: 24 Months

Starting Date: Negotiable, with a preference on 1st September 2017

Applications are invited for Research Associate position in the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College London to work in the areas of nonlocal Partial Differential Equations. The position is funded through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council through the EPSRC Grant EP/P031587/1 Nonlocal Partial Differential Equations: entropies, gradient flows, phase transitions and applications. The Research Associate will work directly with Professors J.A. Carrillo and G.A. Pavliotis and they will join a large, vibrant research group working on problems related to partial differential equations, statistical mechanics and stochastic differential equations with current research activities on gradient flows, nonlocal PDEs, phase transitions and numerical analysis for multiscale systems.

The main aims of this project are

• The rigorous study of mean field limits for interacting diffusions in rugged potential energy landscapes: analysis of phase transitions, stability of stationary states, and design of control strategies for stabilization.

• The development of efficient numerical methods for the study of nonlinear nonlocal Fokker-Planck type equations.

• The design and analysis of evolutionary global optimization methodologies for potentials exhibiting metastability–i.e. potentials with many local minima.

• The application of the analytical and computational techniques that we will develop to mathematical models in the social sciences. The emphasis on particular aspects of the project will depend partially on the expertise of the candidate.

You should have a good first degree (or equivalent) in Mathematics, Physics, or a related area and a PhD in Mathematics, or an equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience. You must have a demonstrable research track record in Partial Differential Equations and/or Stochastic Processes. You should have strengths in at least one of the following areas: applied partial differential equations, numerical analysis, or stochastic processes. Expertise on analytical and computational multiscale methods for PDEs, or on the analysis of PDEs are highly desirable. You must display clear evidence of outstanding promise and originality in research and have a good publication record. A high degree of self-motivation and independence will also be required.

The successful candidate will be expected to work effectively within a team, have the ability to develop and apply new concepts, and have a creative approach to problem-solving. You will also be expected to demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be able to write clearly and succinctly for publication.

For additional information please contact Professor J.A. Carrillo ( or Professor G.A. Pavliotis (

Our preferred method of application is online via our website (please select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number NS2017064KL into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed, also providing a CV (including list of publications) and a cover letter.

Should you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Mrs Rusudan Svanidze, Research Operations Manager, Email: Imperial Managers lead by example.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £31,740 – £33,370 per annum.

Closing date: 10 May 2017

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European Study Group with Industry (ESGI128) June 12-16th in Limerick


MACSI looks forward to welcoming SIAM members to Limerick for the 128th European Study Group with Industry. The 2017 Irish Study Group takes place on the earlier dates of 12-16th of June.

Registration, details of already registered participants and problems can be found on our website  

Postgraduate and early career researchers with a scientific or engineering background are encouraged to attend the NUI Galway hosted four-day modelling workshop the week before ESGI128 (Tues June 6th to Fri 9th) supported by the MINET Cost Action.  Participants will take part in team-based modelling of real-world, industry-driven problems.  More information and registration available here.