Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter - College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Department of Mathematics

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working with Dr Jan Sieber. This post is available from 01 February 2017 (or a later date as mutually agreed) for a duration of 36 months. The post is part of a project funded by the EPSRC Fellowship

“Exploring instability in complex systems - simulations in no-man's land”.

The project will develop general mathematical methods that will enable experimenters and modellers to discover and track unstable phenomena in laboratory experiments and complex model simulations. Specific applications areas include individual-based models in ecology, epidemiology and social science, vibration tests in engineering, models of climate subsystems, and abstract spatially extended systems (such as used for neuron population models).

Original research contributing to the above research project. 

The candidate will develop and analyse new computational methods for complex models from the range of application areas of the project. The methods use a combination of feedback control and numerical continuation to find unstable states in experiments and computer simulations.  One project of particular interest is the analysis of coarse-grained stability boundaries creating tipping points in climate models, such as the shut-down of the Atlantic Overturning Circulation, in a range of models with increasing complexity.

Exceptional communication skills are critical, as the successful candidate will work with colleagues in other disciplines and will need to present information on research progress and outcomes, as well as having the ability to communicate both verbally and in writing complex information. Additionally the successful candidate will have a demonstrable ability to write up scientific findings in a timely and succinct way for publication.

Training & collaboration: the successful applicant will collaborate across disciplines and will actively participate in seminars, workshops and conferences in the subject area.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD in the general area of Applied Mathematics or Physics and will be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes.

For further information please contact Jan Sieber by email:

Applications should be made via our website. For more information and to apply online please go to Please quote reference number P54207 in any correspondence.

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The College is working towards department Silver Athena SWAN awards as a commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Positive about Disabled People'. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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