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

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:

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

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:

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
+61 3 8344-8052

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics (Women-Only Applicants)

School of Mathematics and Physics
University of Queensland

Closing Date: 20th November 2020

The School seeks to recruit a staff member with a developed research program in applied mathematics broadly interpreted, including mathematical modelling, applied probability, mathematical data science and computational mathematics, or a closely related area of mathematics. The appointee will be required to engage in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and curriculum development, including service courses. In addition, the appointee will supervise Higher Degree by Research, postgraduate coursework and Honours students, conduct high-quality research and perform administrative, outreach and other activities associated with the School.

Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent in applied mathematics or a closely related discipline, with an established record of outstanding original research commensurate with career stage. They should have a strong publication record and potential or demonstrated ability to attract external grant funding. They will be an enthusiastic teacher, with the ability to teach courses and supervise projects at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including courses for non-specialist students. Applicants should be able to demonstrate an ability or potential to establish effective professional relationships and to represent and promote the academic discipline at a university and wider community level, including industry, government and professional bodies, as well as to contribute to internal and external service.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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.