Research Associate/Fellow

University of Nottingham - Mathematical Sciences

Applications are invited for the above post to work with Professor Stephen Coombes and Dr Rüdiger Thul on an EPSRC funded project entitled “Threshold Networks”. The central aim of the project is to develop a new mathematical framework for understanding the emergent behaviour of networks built from nodes described by non-smooth dynamical systems.

There is a growing perspective in the applied dynamical systems community that non-smooth and discontinuous models, and in particular those with "thresholds", are a natural way to tackle a variety of modern scientific challenges that have arisen in physics, engineering, the social sciences, finance, and biology. This project will combine ideas from non-smooth dynamical systems of nodes and new results in network science to understand the emergent states that arise in real-world networks. The mathematical methodology will be applied to three main areas:

i) the initiation of contraction within a network of cardiac micro-domains;

ii) the patterns of activity within a synaptically coupled neural network;

iii) information spread and virality on social networks.

The project involves collaboration with Professor Mason Porter, and the Fellow will spend a month each year visiting him at the University of California Los Angeles (USA).

The successful applicant will specialise in networks and dynamics on/of networks.

Candidates must hold or be near completion of a PhD, or equivalent, in a relevant branch of mathematics or physics. A good knowledge of dynamical systems, scientific computation, and willingness to engage in multi-disciplinary work is essential. In addition, a background in more than one of the following areas is highly desirable: network science, coupled oscillator theory, and non-smooth dynamical systems. Candidates should be confident, organised, have good communication skills and enjoy working as part of a team as well as independently. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the publication of scientific papers, and to their dissemination at relevant workshops and conferences. They should have evidence that the quality and quantity of their previous research outputs is commensurate with their level of experience.

In recognition of its commitment to promoting women in science, The University of Nottingham is one of a small number of universities to hold a Silver Athena SWAN Award.

This full-time position is available from 02 January 2017 (or as soon as possible thereafter) and will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 36 months.

For information about the School of Mathematical Sciences, which has strong and active research groups in areas including nonlinear dynamical systems, see:

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Stephen Coombes email: Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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