Scientific Software Engineer at Roxar, Oxford

Roxar, part of the Emerson group of companies, produces software for the oil and gas exploration and production industry. Our software is used worldwide to calculate flows of fluid underground and along the wells, and to assess the uncertainty when developing an oil or gas field.

The growing use of Roxar’s Tempest MORE reservoir simulator means we are expanding the development team in Oxford. We are looking for a skilled scientific software engineer to research and develop numerical schemes to simulate underground fluid flow, build and test the code, and support end users in running the final commercial program.

The successful candidate will work as part of the development team on a range of projects. Possible projects might be to simulate advanced wells, improve the performance of the core solvers, or modelling more advanced physical processes such as carbon dioxide injection.  In all cases an efficient, parallel implementation of the ensuing algorithms is critical to take advantage of parallel hardware and emerging computing architectures, as is the ability to write clear and maintainable code.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Strong physics, maths or engineering skills at PhD level, possibly with some post-doctoral experience
  • Excellent programming skills in a high-level language such as C++
  • Aptitude for software engineering as part of a development team
  • Interest in helping real-world engineers

In addition, experience in the following areas would be advantageous:

  • Modelling fluid flow in porous media
  • Working on large or commercial numerical codes
  • Parallel architectures and libraries (e.g. MPI, multi-threading, CUDA)
  • Software development lifecycle and testing

For more information please contact Kari Hansen

For more details on Roxar visit

Closing date: 31st July 2017.


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 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

Committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion a Two Ticks Employer and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

Elect a president and vice-president!

It is time to elect a new president and vice-president of our section for the upcoming two years.

All paid SIAM members based in the UK and the Republic of Ireland are eligible to vote. You should have received an email from Election Runner with your individual login credentials as well as a link that will take you directly to the ballot. You will be able to view the candidates’ statements once you have logged into the ballot. Please follow the instructions and indicate your preferred candidate for each role.

The ballots will close on April 15, 2017. If you are having any issues voting, please contact Annie Imperatrice,

National SC Conference, Galway, May 2017

We are pleased to announce that this year’s SIAM UKIE National Student Chapter Conference will be held in Galway on Friday 26 May. This is the sixth such conference, and the first to be held in Ireland.

The conference will consist of two plenary talks, contributed talks by students, a poster session, and a careers round-table discussion. Applications for talks and posters from any area of applied and computational mathematics are most welcome.

Thanks to generous funding from SIAM, we will provide a travel award to some student participants. Preference will be given to students with an accepted talk or poster presentation, or who are representing a SIAM Chapter. We would be very pleased to have at least one representative from each UKIE Chapter, and we ask that you circulate this announcement to Chapter members who may be interested in attending.

For further information, registration and abstract submission, see the conference webpage at

We look forward to welcoming you to Galway in May.


Call for nominations

Nominations are now sought for candidates to the roles of President and Vice President of our SIAM section for the period from April 1, 2017 until March 31, 2019.

Candidates must be SIAM members based in the UK or the Republic of Ireland in good standing with SIAM. Every candidate must be nominated by one SIAM member and seconded by another. Nominations of candidates from all research areas are welcome.

The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2017. To make your nomination, or for related queries, please email

Report on the 2017 Annual Meeting

The 21st Annual Meeting of the UK and Republic of Ireland Section of SIAM was hosted by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Strathclyde, on Thursday, 12th of January 2017. The meeting attracted more than 70 attendees and we were delighted to accommodate 22 poster presentations. Travel funding was offered to postgraduate students who presented posters, and this seems to have encouraged take-up.

Following the format of the previous year’s 20th Anniversary meeting in Cambridge, our schedule combined keynote speakers Nick Higham (University of Manchester), Jeremy Morley (Ordnance Survey), Sarah Waters (University of Oxford), and early career speakers Marta M. Betcke (University College London), Lyuba Chumakova (University of Edinburgh), Angela Mihai (Cardiff University).

We were especially pleased to maintain the long-standing tradition of having a contribution from an incumbent SIAM President; in this case the newly-appointed Nick Higham.

A team of senior researchers were tasked with evaluating the student posters, and prizes were awarded as follows:

First prize: Scott Bagwell, University of Swansea
Second prize: Alberto Paganini, University of Oxford
Honourable mention: Francisco de Melo Virissimo, University of Bath (hon)
Honourable mention:  Alex Safar, University of Cardiff (hon)
Honourable mention: Josh Walton, University of Strathclyde (hon)
Honourable mention: Weijian Zhang, The University of Manchester (hon)

Photos are available at online.

The section’s secretary/treasurer Stefan Güttel led a short business meeting and informed attendees that the 2018 Annual Meeting will be hosted by the University of Southampton, with local organisation coordinated by Alain Zemkoho.

The day was followed by an informal dinner in a local restaurant. Further information about the day, including abstracts of the talks and posters, as well as some of the posters, can be found at

We are grateful to all those who contributed to the success of this event. Special thanks go to the officers from Strathclyde’s SIAM student chapter, Andrew Croudace, Craig Gilmour and Joseph Cousins, and faculty advisor Jen Pestana, for help with local arrangements. We also thank the IMA for sponsoring one of the invited talks.

Stefan Güttel – The University of Manchester
Des Higham – University of Strathclyde
Jennifer Scott – University of Reading and STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory