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Dec 3, 2018 • Jen Pestana

In the digest this month are a number of job and conference announcements.


ICIAM 2019 - Deadlines Approaching for Minisymposia Proposals, Contributed Papers, and Posters

The 9th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM 2019) will be held in Valencia, Spain, July 15-19, 2019.

Delegates willing to organize a Minisymposium, or submit a Contributed Paper or Poster are invited to visit the Submissions & Calls section within the ‘For Participants’ menu tab at .


  • Minisymposium Proposals Deadline: December 10, 2018
  • Contributed Paper Submission Deadline: January 7, 2019
  • Poster Submission Deadline: April 1, 2019

Threshold Networks Workshop

This workshop will bring together a community of people interested in both networks and dynamics, with an eye to both mathematical tractability and applications to biology, engineering, physics, and the social sciences. The emphasis will be on ‘thresholds’ in their broadest sense as exemplified by node dynamics or interactions that are described by simple, yet possibly non-smooth or discontinuous switch-like processes. The workshop will cover both theory and applications.

The meeting will have no parallel sessions, and it is expected to involve around 60 participants (with 12 main speakers) and contributed poster presentations.


Alex Arenas, Universidad Rovira i Virgili, Spain
Mario Di Bernardo, University of Bristol, UK
Ginestra Bianconi, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Des Higham, University of Strathclyde, UK
Renaud Lambiotte, University of Oxford, UK
Naoki Masuda, University of Bristol, UK
Peter Mucha, University of North Carolina, USA
Sarah Muldoon, University at Buffalo, USA
Yamir Moreno, University of Zaragoza, Spain

Important dates

Registration deadline: 1st June 2019
Poster abstract submission deadline: 12th April 2019.
Notification of acceptance: 1st May 2019

The registration fee for the conference is 100.00 GBP.

A ‘Tutorial Day’ (covering key concepts in dynamical systems and network science) will also take place prior to the meeting (on July 21). Some financial assistance may be available to assist graduate students who attend both the training workshop and the conference.

Further details of this meeting and how to register may be found at

Scientific Organisers
Yi Ming Lai, Rüdiger Thul, and Stephen Coombes, University of Nottingham
Mason A. Porter, UCLA

Enquiries should be sent to:

PhD Fellowships in Computational Science, Engineering, & Mathematics (CSEM) program, ICES, UT Austin

The Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (ICES) at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for four-year PhD fellowships in its Computational Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (CSEM) graduate program. The fellowships cover tuition and fees and feature generous stipends.

The CSEM program offers a unique interdisciplinary PhD degree that integrates applied mathematics, computing, and applications in science, engineering, medicine, and beyond. Students conduct research in such mathematical and computational areas as scientific computing, uncertainty quantification, numerical analysis, optimization, parallel algorithms, inverse problems, controls, machine learning, and data analysis, with applications in materials, engineering, medicine, life sciences, geosciences, physical sciences, and others. Students use leading-edge supercomputers and visualization facilities at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) for their work.

ICES brings together under one roof applied mathematicians, computer scientists, statisticians, and computational scientists/engineers from 23 academic departments to address challenging problems that can be tackled only from an integrated perspective. Most of ICES’ 250+ graduate students, postdocs, research scientists, core faculty, visitors, and staff are housed together in a 180,000 sq ft state-of-the-art building.

To apply for Fall 2019 admission and to be considered for a PhD fellowship, please visit The application deadline is December 15, 2018.

Postdoc in Scientific Computing/Machine Learning at William and Mary

Applications are invited for a postdoc position in the Computer Science Department at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, USA. The position is initially for one year, renewable for a second year based upon performance. The candidate is expected to lead together with professors A. Stathopoulos and Z. Liu an NSF-funded project of designing and implementing large scale Singular Value Decomposition solvers optimized for modern machine learning algorithms. It has two specific objectives. First, to provide high performance implementations of state-of- the-art Singular Value Decomposition (SVD) techniques, including randomized, streaming, and iterative methods, which will deliver consistent user experience for a diverge range of problems and requirements. Second, to implement high level interfaces that enable downstream applications in machine learning and SVD solvers to interoperate. The candidates will also be exposed to opportunities to tackle tough, large scale machine learning problems alongside with statisticians and engineers.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. In a scientific computing area, with strong programming skills in C/C++/Python. Strong background in two of the three areas: numerical linear algebra, high performance computing, and machine learning applications.

Preferred Qualifications: Strong background in all above three areas, and experience in creating/maintaining open source software at public repositories.

To apply submit a vita and the names of at least two references at , Position Number: F0991W.
Reviewing of applications starts on Dec 10, 2018, and continues until the position is filled.

Lectureship in Applied and Computational Mathematics

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Liverpool invites applications for a lectureship position in the area of Applied and Computational Mathematics, affiliated with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funded Liverpool Centre for Mathematics in Healthcare.

We are particularly interested in individuals from areas like data, imaging, learning and computational sciences who are also keen on developing novel mathematics for industrial or clinical applications. The University is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity.

See for full details. Application deadline: 1 March 2019.

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