The University of Sydney

Position ID: 382-POSTDOCTORAL [#11612, 2518/1217]
Position Title: Research Associate in Dynamical Systems

Position Location: Sydney, Sydney Australia 2006, Australia [map]
Subject Area: Mathematics
Application Deadline: 2018/01/29 finished (2018/01/11, finished 2018/08/05, listed until 2018/07/11)
Position Description:    

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

School of Mathematics and Statistics
Reference No. 2518/1217
Closing date: 29 Jan 2018. •
  • Level A (step 6), full time, fixed term for 2 years; •

  • Remuneration: $92,682 p.a. plus 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 invited for a post-doctoral position on the project "A geometric theory for non-standard relaxation oscillators" which has recently been funded by the Australian Research Council. The aim of this project is to develop a comprehensive theory for multi-scale problems with non-uniform scale splitting within the framework of geometric singular perturbation theory and, hence, provide a firm theoretical foundation for the creation of biological pattern formation in non-standard multi-scale problems which have, to a substantial degree, been intractable. This project will be supervised by Martin Wechselberger (University of Sydney), a member of the Sydney Dynamics Group at

    The successful applicant will initiate and construct algebraic-algorithmic techniques for multi-scale problems in non-standard form that extend existing computational singular perturbation methods and develop a numerical toolbox for non-standard multi-scale problems.

    About you

    To qualify for this position, the candidate will need to demonstrate: •

  • a PhD in (Applied) Mathematics, preferably with emphasis on Computational Mathematics and Dynamical Systems Theory; •

  • theoretical and numerical expertise in singular perturbation methods; •

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

  • excellent written and verbal communication skills; •

  • it is desirable, but not essential, that you hold knowledge in modelling and analysis of biological rhythm and pattern generation.

    The position is full-time fixed-term for two years, subject to completion of a satisfactory probation and confirmation period for new appointees.

    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 2518/1217 for more information and to apply.

    General enquiries can be directed to For specific academic enquires please contact Martin Wechselberger at

    CLOSING DATE: 29 Jan 2018 (11.30pm Sydney time)

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