PhD Scholarship in Statistics or Applied Mathematics for climate modelling

University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

The University of Newcastle is seeking a PhD candidate to undertake doctoral study quantifying uncertainty in climate modelling applied at high resolution.  The candidate will be supported through an industry scholarship (APA equivalent) provided by Climate Risk, an industry partner.  Climate Risk’s modelling team is based in Newcastle, Australia, and the PhD candidate will also be based in Newcastle. 

Climate Risk is a focussed team and we are seeking candidates with a strong values alignment, i.e., a shared interest in understanding and mitigating climate risk.  Information about Climate Risk is available here:

The research is grounded in a more-than-disciplinary context, i.e., seeking to understand and communicate climate risk for the purpose of mitigating risks to human populations.  This recent story on ABC Online on ‘The rise of red zones of risk’ is helpful for learning more about the research:

We strongly encourage applications from students of diverse backgrounds, inclusive of age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, ability, sexuality, and gender. 

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis. 

For more information and to apply: Dr Liam Phelan, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Newcastle.  +61 (0)2 4921 6464,

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (4 Positions)

University of Melbourne
The School of Mathematics and Statistics

Closing Date: 1st December 2020

The School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne has four two-year research positions available for exceptional early career researchers in the mathematical sciences, whose research has the potential to have a significant impact, either in fundamental research or toward practical applications. The School maintains activity in all areas of the mathematical sciences, and the positions can be related to any area.

The successful applicants are expected to have the potential to lead a vigorous research program in their area with the promise of significant impact. The University of Melbourne is located in one of the greatest cities in the world, provides ample opportunities for the supervision of strong Master’s and PhD level research students and offers a wide range of opportunities for research collaborations within the School, the Faculty of Science as well as the broader University community.

The School has an ongoing commitment to improving our gender balance and has demonstrated success with a recruitment program that is focussed on creating gender balance and diversity. Women and persons belonging to minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply for these positions.

These positions are full-time fixed-term for 2 years.  Applicants must have existing working rights in Australia and the ability to travel to Melbourne to be eligible to apply.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Lecturer, Mathematics and Statistics

The University of Sydney
School of Mathematics and Statistics

Closing date: 30th November 2020

Do you want to be part of a vibrant and collegial community of world-class mathematicians and statisticians? We are currently seeking to appoint an accomplished academic to the position of Lecturer in Mathematics. This position has been made possible by the awarding of a Future Fellowship titled “Unravelling the impact of social dynamics on human evolution through mathematical modelling” to Associate Professor Peter Kim. 

To succeed, you will be a talented and well-qualified mathematical scientist with expertise in any area that  strengthens the School’s profile and/or contributes strategically to university activities, particularly with regard to the research interests of Associate Professor Peter Kim and the details of his current project. This includes but is  not limited to applied mathematics, mathematical biology, and mathematical modelling. 

If appointed, you will be expected to make a significant contribution to teaching and learning practice, design and evaluation within the School/ Faculty while continuing to build up research contribution, expertise and impact.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Assistant Professor in Geometry, Analysis, Topology

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Department of Mathematics

Closing Date: 1st December 2020

We are seeking a new colleague who is passionate about scientific research and education. Our department is looking for a mathematician with a proven expertise in the broad area of Geometry, Analysis, Topology with the emphasis in geometry. This may include (but is not restricted to) Differential Geometry, Geometric PDE’s and Algebraic Topology to name a few.

The appointed candidate is expected to develop her/his own research line in an area of Geometry, Analysis and/or Topology. The position of Assistant Professor is initially a tenure track position for five years. After four years, based on transparent criteria, the tenure decision will be taken. The preferred starting date is on or before September 1, 2021.

The department has a strong desire to hire more female colleagues. Therefore, women are especially encouraged to apply.

The candidate will be expected to 

  • develop a research line in an area of Geometry, Analysis and/or Topology
  • interact with and complement existing research activities in the department (and outside)
  • contribute to the teaching of the department, at both the undergraduate and graduate level 
  • show academic leadership nationally and internationally
  • participate in departmental activities and tasks, including writing grant proposals

For more information and to apply, click here.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

The University of Sydney
School of Mathematics and Statistics

Closing Date: 8th November 2020

The University of Sydney is welcoming applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (Level A,6+) to conduct research in a collaborative research team based at the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney. This role will report to Professor Nalini Joshi and Associate Professor Milena Radnovic, carrying out mathematical research and preparing and presenting results in papers and conferences, co-supervising undergraduate and graduate research students and being involved in outreach and mentoring activities.

This position is part of the research project funded by Professor Nalini Joshi’s and Dr Milena Radnovic’s ARC Discovery Project Geometric analysis of nonlinear systems. You will be expected to work in a general area of research concerning dynamical systems, integrable systems and related areas, including algebraic and analytic approaches to these areas. A focus on discrete and classical Painlevé equations is expected, but connections with other fields, including billiards and moduli spaces, will be encouraged. Additionally, you will be expected to support the activities of the research team and apply for independent research fellowship or funding.

The position is full-time, fixed-term for up to two years, with the possibility of renewal for a further 6 months. We encourage candidates with caring or family responsibilities to apply and, in such circumstances, appointment may be available on a part-time basis.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Departmental Lecturer

University of Oxford
Department of Statistics

Closing Date: 9th November 2020

We are seeking up to two Departmental Lecturers to join the Department of Statistics, a world leader in research including computational statistics and statistical methodology, probability, bioinformatics and mathematical genetics. This is an exciting opportunity to engage in advanced study and primarily teach undergraduate and graduate students. These are temporary appointments until 30 September 2021 to make provision for teaching and allow the post-holders to conduct independent research. The Departmental Lecturers will have the skills and enthusiasm to contribute to teaching and assessment, and they will have the opportunity to carry out and publish original research.

As the successful Departmental Lecturer, you will have, or be close to completing, a PhD in probability, statistics or a related discipline and have an aptitude for teaching and some experience of teaching and research. You will have sufficient depth and breadth of knowledge in the subject to develop course materials and research proposals. You will also have a publication record and familiarity with the existing literature and research in the field commensurate with your career stage.

Queries about this post should be addressed to Professor Alison Etheridge and Dr Neil Laws

This post is fixed-term until 30 September 2021.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 9 November 2020 will be considered.

Interviews will be held on 17 November 2020.

vale Vaughan Jones

AustMS is saddened by the passing of Sir Vaughan Jones, one of the world’s outstanding mathematicians. He passed away suddenly on 6 September 2020, at the age of 67.

Vaughan Jones
Sir Vaughan Jones was the only New Zealander to receive the Fields Medal. Photo: Akram Aldroubi/Vanderbilt University

An obituary written by Arnaud Brothier, Pinhas Grossman, Scott Morrison, and James Tener, is attached here.

Our sincere sympathy to his family.


NZ’s most celebrated mathematician dies; Univ. Auckland, 9 September 2020.
Celebrated NZ mathematician Sir Vaughan Jones dies; NZ Herald, 9 Sept. 2020.
Vaughan Jones, preeminent Vanderbilt mathematician, has died; Vanderbilt University News.
Vaughan Jones, preeminent Vanderbilt mathematician, has died;Vanderbilt News, 9 Sept. 2020.
Vaughan Jones (1952–2020); Nature. OBITUARY  29 SEPTEMBER 2020.
Vaughan Jones, preeminent mathematician, has died; IMPA, Brazil. 30/09/2020.
Vaughan Jones, eminent mathematician close to IHES, passed away; IHES news, 11 SEPTEMBER 2020.

Call for EOIs for the AustMS EDI Committee

05 Oct 2020

The AustMS is calling for Expressions of Interest from AustMS members willing to serve on the AustMS Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the three-year term 2021–2023.

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee promotes the objectives of the Society in relation to equity, diversity and inclusion practices through relevant activities, and provides strategic advice to Council on matters relevant to diversity practices.

Expressions of interest are particularly encouraged from people in under-represented and under-included groups, at all stages of career.

Members of the AustMS interested in serving on this committee are asked to send a short CV and statement as to what they can bring to the Committee.

Please email this to the AustMS Secretary,, by Friday 16 October 2020.

ANZIAM: The 2021 ANZIAM Medal — Call for nominations

30 Sept 2020

ANZIAM logoNominations are now sought for the ANZIAM Medal, which is the premier award of ANZIAM, a Division of the Australian Mathematical Society.

At most one award will be made annually, but only to a candidate of sufficient merit. The selection criteria for the award are:

1. Research achievements.

2. Activities enhancing applied or industrial mathematics, or both, AND

3. Contributions to ANZIAM.


Nominations for the award can be made by any member of ANZIAM other than the nominee. A nomination should consist of a brief CV of the nominee together with the nominee’s list of publications, a one page resumé of the significance of the nominee’s work, and no more than a one page resumé of the significance of the nominee’s work. Nominations should be forwarded in confidence, electronically in PDF format, to the Chair of the Selection Panel, Professor Peter Taylor ( by 1 November 2020.

Further details of the application process and the award criteria are on the ANZIAM website: