Joint PhD in Random Matrix Theory: “Critical phenomena in Complex and Real Spectra”

KU Leuven / University of Melbourne


The Universities of Melbourne and KU Leuven have created a new, international joint PhD. Graduate researchers spend a minimum of 12 months at each university and are eligible to graduate with a jointly awarded PhD recognised with a testamur from each university.

Successful candidates:

  • Gain complementary skills from international colleagues to increase the impact of their research
  • Grow their international networks and develop a truly global perspective
  • Become part of two high-quality research environments and cultures


Two funded projects are available as part of a joint PhD collaboration between The University of Melbourne (UoM) and KU Leuven (Belgium). Graduate Researchers (GRs) participating in the joint program will be enrolled at both institutions and will spend a minimum of 12 months at the host institution. The research work will be performed under joint supervision, with one primary supervisor from each of the two institutions. All candidates must meet the eligibility requirements to successfully enrol at both universities. The successful candidates will be funded by either UoM or KU Leuven. This funding includes a full scholarship, health insurance and mobility support.


The project is in the field of Random Matrix Theory (RMT) and encompasses topics in Probability, Analysis and Mathematical Physics. You will analyse the relation of real and complex eigenvalues of certain deformations of random matrix ensembles at finite as well as infinite matrix dimensions. Applications can be found in quantum field theory, for instance. You do not need prior knowledge in RMT, though good analytical skills are advisable as well as a lot of enthusiasm.

Essential Skills/Qualifications

  • MSc or equivalent
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Demonstrated organisational skills, time management and ability to work to priorities;
  • Demonstrated problem solving abilities and analytical skills;
  • The ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

Information on projects, eligibility, application process and closing dates is available on the website.

Find out how to apply.

Nominations for plenary speakers at AustMS-2021

09 Nov 2020

From the AustMS Secretary Deborah Jackson on behalf of the 2021 Conference Director Florian Breuer Florian.Breuer@newcastle.edu.au.

Call for nominations: Plenary speakers for the AustMS 2021 Annual Conference to be held in Newcastle, December 2021.

The programme advisory board of the 2021 AustMS conference is seeking nominations for plenary speakers at the 2021 annual congress of the Australian Mathematical Society, to be held in Newcastle in early December 2021.

Ideally, plenary speakers should be eminent experts in their area of Mathematics, or in applications of Mathematics to other disciplines. They should also be good public speakers who can deliver an engaging talk to a non-specialist audience. Since we expect AustMS2021 to be held in person, the speaker should ideally be somebody who is likely to attend the conference in person in December 2021. We are seeking nominations for both domestic and international speakers.

The deadline for nominations is now Friday 27 November 2020.

All nominations must be submitted via the form at the following link: https://forms.gle/TG4AeV2hHfuno2gFA

Reminder AustMS 64th Annual meeting

With one month to go until the 64th Annual meeting we have 238 registrations and 104 talks in 20 special sessions. If you plan to attend and have not registered yet, please do so as soon as possible. You can register your session talk until the 16 November. After this you will still be able to edit title or abstract of your talk until the 30 November. Information and updates will be posted on the conference website .

If you revisit your registration and have not done so yet please tick the box confirming that you abide by the Australian Mathematical Society Code of Conduct.

We hope to see you on Zoom in December.

On behalf of the Organising committee.

Gerd Schmalz

Appointment of Social Media and News Coordinator

09 Nov 2020

The Society is pleased to announce the appointment of David Roberts as its new Social Media and News Coordinator.

David will be curating news stories for our website and managing our social media presence.

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.

David is a pure mathematician working at the intersection of category theory and geometry (and other topics). He is currently a postdoc in the Institute for Geometry and its Applications at the University of Adelaide, and cut his social media teeth on Google+ before moving to Twitter and now running his own blog, ‘TheHigherGeometer’.

The AustMS FaceBook page has grown in popularity in recent years under the stewardship of Sid Morris and the Society thanks him for this valuable service and many posts, both serious and entertaining.

Mathematics Education Special Session

02 Nov 2020

From the AustMS Secretary Deborah Jackson on behalf of Deborah King dmking@unimelb.edu.au.

The Mathematics Education special session of the Australian Mathematical Society Annual Meeting, hosted by the University of New England, 8-10 December 2020, is now accepting submissions.

You are invited to submit a talk (20 minutes, plus 5 minutes break between talks)

Please also circulate to colleagues who may be interested in participating in this session.  

Talks in this session may focus on pedagogy, professional development or other topics relevant to tertiary mathematics education. 

The conference website is here: https://austms.org.au/meetings/annual-conferences/2020-austms-meeting/

Conference registration is free for AustMS members and closes on 16 November 2020. (The fee for non-members is $50, and can be put towards AustMS membership.). 

I’m sure that there will be lots to talk about this year! Please come and share the experiences with our community. 

With very best wishes

Deb King

A/Prof. Deborah King
Director, Bachelor of Science
University of Melbourne
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