The University of Sydney

Position ID: 382-POSTDOC1 [#11609, 2515/1217]
Position Title: Research Associate in Computational Mathematics and Dynamical Systems

Position Location: Sydney Australia, Australia [map]
Subject Area: Mathematics
Application Deadline: 2018/01/29 finished (2018/01/11, finished 2018/08/05, listed until 2018/01/29)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed. ***

School of Mathematics and Statistics
Reference No. 2515/1217
Closing date: 29 Jan 2018
  • Level A (step 6), full time, fixed term for 2.5 years; •

  • Remuneration: $92,682 p.a. (which includes leave loading and up to 17% superannuation).

    About the opportunity

    Do you want to be part of a vibrant and collegial community of world-class mathematicians and statisticians?

    Applications are sought for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in Dynamical Systems and Complex Systems. This position is funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project Grant “Mathematical model reduction for complex networks” held by Georg Gottwald. Teaching is not a requirement however opportunities to teach may be available if desired.

    Complex networks of coupled oscillators are used to model systems from pacemaker cells to power grids. Given their sheer size we need methods to reduce the complexity while retaining the essential dynamical information. We will develop new mathematical methodology to describe the collective behaviour of large but finite networks of oscillators with only a few parameters which we call ``collective coordinates”. The mathematical toolset will include analytical and numerical methods from dynamical systems theory and complex systems theory.

    About you
    To qualify for this position, the candidate will need to demonstrate: •
  • a PhD in a relevant area; •

  • expertise in dynamical systems theory and nonlinear dynamics with programming skills; •

  • demonstrated ability to conduct high-quality research under limited supervision either independently or as part of a research team; •

  • published research as sole author or in collaboration; •

  • excellent written and verbal communication skills; •

  • it is desirable, but not required that you have had prior exposure to complex networks and/or synchronization.

    The position is full-time fixed-term for two and a half years, subject to completion of a satisfactory probation and confirmation period for new appointees. Membership of a University approved superannuation scheme is a condition of appointment.

    To be considered for this position it is essential that you address the selection criteria on the University of Sydney careers website, listed below.

    About us

    We’re Australia's first university and have a global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

    The School of Mathematics and Statistics is a leading centre for research and education in the mathematical sciences in Australia. We attract outstanding undergraduate students and have a large cohort of postgraduate research students. The large cohort of postgraduate research students and many overseas visitors benefit from, and help to sustain, a world-class research environment. The school attracts a strong body of excellent students as well as Australian Research Council grants, fellowships, and other competitive external funding.

    The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

    Late applications will be accepted but can not be guaranteed consideration. Applicants seeking appointment at higher levels than those advertised should in the first instance contact the Head of School, Professor Jacqui Ramagge, for a discussion. The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

    All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number for more information and to apply.

    General enquiries can be directed to For specific academic enquires please contact Georg Gottwald at CLOSING DATE: 29 Jan 2018 (11.30pm Sydney time)

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