PhD position – Preconditioners for time-harmonic heterogeneous electromagnetic problems (fully funded, Univ. Strathclyde)

PDEs (partial differential equations) arise in the mathematical modelling of many physical phenomena as well as science and engineering problems (meteorology, structural analysis, fluid dynamics, electromagnetism, finance, etc.) Parallel solution schemes using state-of-the art computers allow scientists to obtain more representative and accurate solutions of the discretised equations faster. This increase in computational and modelling capabilities in turn encourages modelers and scientists to tackle harder problems, which need finer discretisations or more complex geometries. Among these problems, wave propagation in heterogeneous media and time harmonic regime (supposing an oscillatory behaviour in time of the solution) is particularly challenging and requires sophisticated methods. This project seeks to design, analyse, and implement fast, highly-parallel preconditioners for problems involving electromagnetic waves. The PhD researcher will have a substantial interaction with the postdoctoral researchers and scientists working in a recently awarded EPSRC grant between the Universities of Bath and Strathclyde, as well as with the industrial and academic international experts who are collaborating in this project.

Prerequisites: you should have (or expect to have) a UK Honours Degree (or equivalent) in Mathematics, Mathematics and Physics, or a closely related discipline with a high mathematical content. Knowledge of numerical methods for the solution of partial differential equations and programming in usual scientific programming languages is desirable.

The candidates must be a UK citizen, or a EU citizen fulfilling the EPSRC requirements. The starting date of the position should be on the 1st of October, 2018 or very soon after. Funding: 4 year scholarship – EPSRC framework for ‘National Productivity Investment Fund 2018 training Grant’ .

Informal inquiries can be made to the supervisor: V. Dolean

SIAM UKIE Annual Meeting 2019 in Oxford

The 23rd  Annual Meeting of the SIAM UKIE Section will be held at

The Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford on Friday 11th of January 2019.

The meeting features five invited speakers and a poster session. We are also planning to have a “poster blitz” session and to offer travel support to students and postdocs presenting posters.

The confirmed invited speakers are:

Lisa Fauci, Tulane University, Incoming SIAM President

Des Higham,  Strathclyde University

Carola-Bibiane Schoenlieb, University of Cambridge

Kirk Soodhalter, Trinity College Dublin

Konstantinos Zygalakis, University of Edinburgh

Job opening: Bath Institute for Mathematical Innovation

The Institute for Mathematical Innovation (IMI) at the University of Bath invites applications from excellent candidates for a role that plays a pivotal part in its national leadership in interdisciplinary and industrial applications of the mathematical sciences.
We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic Institute Manager to lead on the development and project management of our work with external partners. The role will focus on growing our current and future partnerships with business and industry, with the public sector and local authorities, and with other research funders.
This is a wide-ranging role managing a portfolio of collaborations, with significant responsibility for delivering the strategy of the Institute on a day-to-day basis and maintaining alignment to the long-term vision.

Reflections on the SIAM UKIE National Student Chapter Conference

On the 18th and 19th June 2018, the University of Bath SIAM-IMA Student Chapter hosted the SIAM UKIE National Student Chapter Conference. This annual conference is organised by, and for, the SIAM Student chapters in the UK and Ireland. The 2018 edition was the 7th such event, the first hosted by the University of Bath, and the first to be held over two days. The conference brought together students working in all areas of applied and industrial mathematics, and related fields, from across the UK and Ireland. There were opportunities for students to showcase their research through a talk or a poster, and to hear talks by distinguished plenary speakers. The conference included 4 plenary talks, 29 contributed talks and 23 contributed posters, and was attended by 104 registered participants from 24 different institutions.

Attendees came from across the UK and Ireland, with representatives from France and Germany, ranging from undergraduates, through graduate students to post-docs and academics. A number of attendees were not mathematicians, but rather came from departments of architecture; physics; psychology; economics; and biomedical, mechanical, and civil engineering.

The conference featured four fantastic plenary talks from leading researchers. Nicole Spillane (École Polytechnique) described her work on Domain Decomposition Methods with Adaptive Multipreconditioning, beginning with an introduction to domain decomposition methods before moving on to describe adaptive multipreconditioning, a preconditioning method that combines the best parts of iterative and direct solvers. Our second plenary session was given by Marta Blangiardo (Imperial College London), who gave an overview of the methods, examples, and challenges in spatio-temporal statistics. We saw examples including tracking the changes in prostate cancer mortality rates across Spain, and exploring the correlation between high temperatures and mortality across the UK.

The first evening of the conference featured a poster session and wine reception with 23 posters, which included a wide variety of research, ranging from using topology to design frame structures for buildings to dynamically optimising clinical trials, via methods for high-order nonlinear PDEs, boundary layers on rotating discs, techniques for analysing RNA data in cancer, and modelling indoor wifi signals.

The second day of the conference featured talks from Ian Griffiths (University of Oxford & Princeton University) and Simon Chandler-Wilde (University of Reading). Ian spoke about his work applying fluid dynamics to industrial problems, such as the removal of arsenic from water supplies in Bangladesh and the manufacture of glass screens for smartphones. The conference was concluded with Simon Chandler-Wilde presenting his recent work, answering a long-standing open question. He gave a clear introduction to the analytic concepts involved in showing that the convergence of Galerkin methods for Laplace’s equation is not guaranteed on arbitrary Lipschitz domains.

In addition to the plenary talks, students from 15 universities presented their work through contributed talks. These talks covered mathematical topics which included strategies for the Prisoner’s dilemma, the predictability of the climate, the spreading of droplets, models for image registration, modelling biodegradable polymers, adaptive numerical methods for singular reaction-diffusion equations, models for simulating fingerprints, numerical simulation of scattering by ice crystals, and the simulation of individuals moving across a network, amongst many others. (See the details in the conference programme.)

All in all, the conference was a great success. The conference has grown in the number of attendees, the number of talks presented, and the number of days over which it was held. Many attendees enjoyed the conference enormously, with some commenting that they “all certainly had a great time”, they “really enjoyed the talks and meeting everyone” and that “the high level of organisation didn’t go unnoticed”.

Since the conference, we’ve put together a photo gallery of the event. If you want to keep up to date with future events organised by the University of Bath SIAM-IMA Student Chapter, you can see what we’re up to on the student chapter website.

The conference was very generously supported by grants from SIAM and the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA). The organisers also secured grants from the University of Bath’s Doctoral CollegeInstitute for Mathematical Innovation, and Department of Mathematical Sciences, as well as industrial sponsorship from CFMMyLife Digital, and Overleaf.

SIAM National Student Chapter Conference 2018 – Perspective From Cardiff University

From the 18th-19th of June 2018, SIAM-IMA committee members from Bath University hosted the 7th annual SIAM national student chapter conference, following from the 6th conference held at NUIG. This year’s student chapter conference saw a very successful and action packed timetable consisting of 4 plenary talks, 30 student talks and 22 student posters from 24 different institutions across the UK and Ireland.

The first day of the conference featured excellent plenary talks from Dr. Nicole Spillane (École Polytechnique), and Dr. Marta Blangiardo (Imperial College London). Additionally, the first day also saw a strong contingent of Cardiff student talks delivered by Hassan Izanloo, Nikoleta E. Glynatsi, Danny Groves (myself), Luke Smallman and Martina Cracco. The student talks were all 20 minutes long, with 5 minutes afterwards for questions, which offered a good chance to experience the interesting research being delivered throughout the UK and Ireland. After the student talks, there was a poster session coupled with a wine reception which saw 22 posters of very high standard, with 4 from Cardiff students (Raffaele Grande, Danny Groves, Alex Mackay and Scott Morgan).

The second day saw another two excellent plenary speakers from Dr. Ian Griffiths (University of Oxford) and Prof. Simon Chandler-Wilde (University of Reading), as well as a large variety of student talks. Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed Ian’s talk on “iPhones and Dysons: using fluid dynamics to tailor technology” which bridged the gap between academic research and industry in a very accessible and interesting fashion.

All in all, the attendees from Cardiff felt as if the conference was a great experience, and we would personally like to offer thanks to the organising committee for running such a successful conference. SIAM student chapter conferences are always good environments to meet interesting people, listen to excellent talks and make new friends. Bath certainly provided that with an excellent conference, and definitely bestows excitement into us all for the next annual conference!

Danny Groves

Cardiff SIAM-IMA Student Chapter President

Cardiff Group

Open for applications: MSc in Mathematical Modelling

MSc in Mathematical Modelling

The course will be run by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in the Univesrity of Limerick in association with MACSI.

Course description
This course will provide training in applied mathematics techniques and will focus on mathematical models of real-world processes, their formulation in terms of differential equations and methods of solution – both numerical and analytical. Central to the course will be practical problems that arise in industry, commerce, engineering and medicine, as well as in the environmental and life sciences. In particular, students will gain hands-on experience with current MACSI projects in collaboration with industry.

The course has been designed by Stokes Professor of Industrial and Applied Mathematics Andrew Fowler (who has experience teaching a similar programme at the University of Oxford). The first two semesters will be examined on coursework from both a mandatory core and a suite of optional courses from which the student can choose. The coursework will be followed by the preparation of a dissertation over the summer months under close supervision. The dissertation will be at research level, and will focus on a problem that arises through MACSI’s connections with industry, although there is some flexibility in the choice of dissertation. A break down of the course structure can found here.

Part time option available.

Fuse 2

Mathematical modelling of polysilicon fuses, in collaboration with Analog Devices, is one of the current research projects at MACSI. Please see here for more details.



High resolution forecasts for wind energy applications, in collaboration with Met Éireann, are currently being investigated. Please see here for more details.

Additional Information

Research in MACSI and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics focuses on applied mathematics. In particular, there is strong interest in numerical analysis, fluid mechanics, industrial applied mathematics, geoscience, imaging science and inverse problems, commerce and the life sciences.

The minimum entry requirement is a 2:2 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in mathematics, or any related numerate discipline.

Application Forms and Deadlines

To apply for the MSc please visit and follow the links Graduate Programmes/Taught Programmes/Science and Engineering/Mathematical Modelling MSc. You will find a list of the required documents and instructions on how to submit these online.

Scholarship and Funding – Graduate School


If you would like more information, please contact Dr. Romina Gaburro.

Dr. Romina Gaburro
Lecturer in Applied Mathematics
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Limerick

Tel: +353 61 213193
Fax: +353 61 334927

We are always pleased to talk to prospective graduate students and answer any queries.

Please see a list of our Alumni

One Month till the 2018 National Student Chapter Conference

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

Registration and poster submission is still open until the end of the month! Please complete the registration form by Thursday 31st May 2018.

The full conference program is available online now at


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.

There will be talks and posters from all areas of applied mathematics, statistics, and those which have potential applications to industry.

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)

and thirty student talks!

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

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