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Jul 3, 2017 • Jen Pestana

It was great to see so many of you at meetings this month and to hear about many of the exciting new ideas in our field.


SIAM News and Randomized Algorithms

SIAM News seeks articles written from a broad prospective, to be accessible to a multidisciplinary readership with a focus on applications. I would like to encourage all of our SIAG/LA members to consider writing articles for SIAM News. In particular, the SIAM News Board is considering a special issue on various aspects of randomized algorithms. If you have questions about this, or other topics relevant to linear algebra for SIAM News, please contact the SIAG/LA SIAM News Liaison:

Rosemary Renaut
School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
Arizona State University

Postdoc and PhD positions, Department of Computer Science, KU Leuven, Belgium

The Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics (NUMA) research unit of the Department of Computer Science at the KU Leuven - University of Leuven (Belgium) invites applications for up to 6 doctoral and 3 postdoctoral positions.

NUMA consists of 38 members (professors, postdoctoral and PhD researchers). We develop, analyse and implement numerical algorithms for applications in science and engineering. We focus on algorithmic innovations, and on the analysis of accuracy and efficiency. Our research relies on mathematical insight, design of algorithms, and software development.

NUMA has vacancies on several recently acquired research projects for researchers with various expertises. Applicants should have a master’s degree in (Applied) Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering or Physics, should have experience in programming and a general interest in the development and analysis of numerical methods, and/or their application in engineering and science. We are currently looking for candidates with specific interest/expertise in one (or more) of the following domains:

  • Numerical (multi)-linear algebra: polynomial computations and iterative methods
  • Multiscale and stochastic simulation methods
  • Large-scale PDE-constrained optimization and uncertainty quantification
  • Parallel algorithms and metaheuristics for cutting and packing problems
  • High-dimensional approximation, simulation and analysis
  • Computational methods for control
  • Data driven network science

We offer a stimulating environment at a European top university, a well-equipped and experienced multidisciplinary research unit, a personalized PhD trajectory, with attention paid to transferable skills development and a competitive wage.Senior postdocs will get the opportunity to become involved in project management.

For more information on the research unit and possible supervisors, visit

The positions at the postdoctoral level are for one year with the possibility of extension to a second year. The positions at the predoctoral level will be initially for one year. After a positive evaluation, this position can be extended for three more years. Candidates are invited to submit their application (including a detailed CV, a motivation letter, and two letters of recommendation) via the websites (for the PhD positions) and (for the postdoc positions).

Submissions for next SIAM-LA digest

The next SIAM-LA Digest is due to be sent out on Aug 07, 2017. Please send any postings for the next Digest to siam-la at Only SIAG/LA members may submit postings. To contact the list owner, send an email to siam-la-owner at