Register to attend ANZIAM next week

The ANZIAM annual meeting (virtual) will take place next week. We have a full meeting with lots of things to get involved in. If you have not paid for registration yet or were still considering attending as a participant, the deadline for talks has lapsed but you may be interested to know that the program and speakers are now published at the top of our website:
Please register (and have paid) before January 29th to get access to the event.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Regards Mark Flegg (Chair of the ANZIAM2021 organising committee)

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Computational Statistics and Statistical Machine Learning

University of Oxford

Closing Date: 26th February 2021

Applications are invited for a full-time postdoctoral research assistant in computational statistics and statistical machine learning to work on the development and theoretical analysis of novel scalable methods for inference and learning.

For challenging high-dimensional problems, standard inference techniques such as Markov chain Monte Carlo methods are too computational intensive. Techniques such as variational methods have become prominent but are much less well-understood theoretically. The objective of this project is to develop novel scalable methods for inference and learning in high-dimensional scenarios and to analyze theoretically the resulting algorithms: consistency, non-asymptotic generalization bounds etc.

The main duties and responsibilities of the postholder will include conducting original research in the project area, developing novel scalable methods for Bayesian inference, developing theoretical and empirical frameworks for analysing the developed methodologies, publishing outcomes of research and disseminate research findings in talks at suitable seminars, workshops and conferences.

Applicants are sought who already have, or are close to the completion of, a doctorate in Applied Probability, Statistics or affiliated discipline. The successful candidate will have significant relevant experience in the development and study of inference and learning schemes and the ability to conduct and complete high-quality research independently, collaborate effectively with PIs and project partners. They will be able to communicate results effectively and supervise the research of DPhil students or junior researchers attached to the project.

Queries about the post should be addressed to Professor Arnaud Doucet at

This post is fixed-term for 18 months and no longer than 31 December 2022.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 26 February 2021 will be considered.

Interviews will be held on 15 March 2021.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Science Meets Parliament 2021 Scholarships

Science & Technology Australia is offering eight scholarships to the 21st anniversary Science meets Parliament this year, to be held virtual from 2 March to 1 April 2021.

Science meets Parliament brings Australian scientists and technologists together for professional development, networking, and to meet with MPs and Senators. It is a highlight of the annual parliamentary calendar and has enhanced mutual understanding between parliamentarians and scientists as well as fostering enduring partnerships and collaborations.

Two (2) Scholarships are open to STEM practitioners in each of the following categories:

  • Indigenous STEM Scholarships for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people
  • STEM Pride scholarships for people who identify as LGBTQI+
  • Regional STEM scholarships for STEM practitioners who work in remote or regional Australia (>150km from a major capital city)
  • Technology scholarships for STEM practitioners working in the technologically based areas of engineering and information technology

Scholarships will cover full registration including the national gala dinner (if recipient located in one of the host cities), one-on-one mentoring from a previous delegate and attendance to the ‘Becoming an online influencer’ webinar (exclusive to scholarship recipients and supporters).

Applications can be made at 

Please note that to be eligible for these scholarships you must be a member of or employed by an STA member organisation

Applications will close on 17 February 2021, with recipients to be contacted by 23 February and an announcement made shortly after.

For organisations interested in supporting one or more scholarships through sponsorship please get in touch with us at

Ph.D. position

School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
The University of Newcastle

Closing Date: 31st March 2021

A Ph.D. position is available in 2021 to work with Dr Stephan Tornier and other members of the Zero-Dimensional Symmetry Research Group on the ARC DECRA project “Effective classification of closed vertex-transitive groups acting on trees”.

Candidates with a strong interest and demonstrated skills in at least one of the following areas are encouraged to apply: (topological) group theory, computational algebra (e.g. with GAP), graph theory, combinatorics.

The successful candidate is expected to be able to work independently and self-motivated, as well as contribute collaboratively to the research team.
An ARC PhD stipend at the 2021 indexed rate of $28,612 p.a. is available for up to 3.5 years.

Essential qualifications

  • Masters or First Class Honours in mathematics, or equivalent
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Demonstrated organisational and time management skills
  • Demonstrated problem solving ability and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively

Desirable qualifications

  • Demonstrated skills in (topological) group theory, computational algebra, graph theory and combinatorics.
  • Programming skills

Please direct expressions of interest to by March 31, 2021.

SMRI-MATRIX Symposium with Martin Hairer

You are invited to join us for a symposium that explores the mathematics of Fields Medallist and Breakthrough Prize winner Martin Hairer, Professor of Mathematics at Imperial College London.

Professor Hairer’s colloquium ‘Taming infinities’, will be held online on Wednesday 3 February at 20:00 (Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time). 

Professor Hairer will delve into the conceptual and mathematical aspects of “renormalisation” techniques and how they have recently been used in probability theory to study equations, the meaning of which were hitherto unknown.

The program also includes talks by Australian mathematicians, mini-courses facilitated by Professor Hairer and discussion meetings. 

Whether you just want a broad introduction to Martin Hairer’s mathematical world, or you are keen to gain a deeper understanding of some of his techniques, this symposium is the right event for you!

Dates: 3-19 February 2021

Symposium Organisers: Beniamin Goldys (The University of Sydney), Ngan Le (Monash University) and Pierre Portal (The Australian National University)

Sponsors: Sydney Mathematical Research Institute (SMRI) and MATRIX

Further information and registration (free):

The schedule will be updated over the coming weeks. The colloquium and other talks will be recorded and made available for registered participants.

Practical Applications of Network Science 2021

We have been successful in obtaining AMSI funding to host the workshop Practical Applications of Network Science 2021, which will be held online.  RMIT University will be hosting this workshop with the aim of developing the skills of HDR students and bringing together researchers in the field. Invited research talks will cover a broad range of topics including the use of network science in transportation, biology and social media. This workshop will be held on the 22nd and 23rd of February in 2021. This workshop will consist of:

  1. Two hands-on tutorial/lab sessions  on network analytics using the R software environment. The sessions will start from an introductory level on the first day and proceed to working with real-world applications on the second day.
  2. Invited research talks showcasing network science and its applications in the afternoons followed by time for networking opportunities. 

This is a free event, but registration is essential. More details at


Arathi Arakala (RMIT University)
Sevvandi Kandanaarachchi (RMIT University)
Maria Prokofieva (Victoria University)

MISG 2021

Instead of cancelling the MISG 2021 completely, next year we will run a smaller version of the MISG – Mini-MISG 2021.

Project title: Mathematical Modelling of Pneumatic Conveying

This project has come from Industry partners of the University of Newcastle.

The workshop will be held from Wednesday 27 to Saturday 30 January 2021 in NuSpace, University of Newcastle’s City Campus. Zoom link will also be provided for those who cannot travel to be in Newcastle.  

Please visit MISG website for free registration:

All the best,

Natalie and Mike (MISG Co-Directors)

Australian Algebra Conference AAC04

The Fourth Australian Algebra Conference AAC04 will be held online from 18 – 19 January 2021 hosted by the University of Melbourne.

The website for AAC04 is available here:

Registration is free and is now open here:

Students are especially encouraged to present a talk.

This conference is the 39th iteration of an annual conference which for many years was called the Victorian Algebra Conference. Over the years it has become increasingly national, both in participation and location, and this is reflected in the new name. Here is an extract from the website of the Australian Algebra Group (formerly the Victorian Algebra Group) which runs the conference.

“The main aim of the annual Australian Algebra Conference is to foster communication between algebraists in Australia. We interpret algebra quite broadly, including areas such as topological algebra, algebraic logic, graph theory and coding theory. The conference has a proud tradition of encouraging talks by students: typically about one third of the talks are presented by students. The conference aims to provide graduate students in algebra with the opportunity to give their first public presentation in a relaxed and supportive environment. Each conference, the most outstanding student talk is awarded the Gordon Preston Prize.”

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Call for Proposals: MATRIX-MFO Tandem Workshop (2021)

The Mathematical Research Institute Oberwolfach (MFO), Germany and the Australian Mathematical Research Institute MATRIX invite proposals for a tandem workshop taking place simultaneously in a hybrid format at MATRIX and MFO  in the week of 5-11 September 2021

The workshop is held simultaneously in both locations.  At each institute 10-20 participants are possible, who can interact in the usual intense way locally and in addition share a certain number of joint lectures/discussions via zoom (for example Oberwolfach 9-11 am could match up with MATRIX at 5-7 pm). Talks given outside this time slot can be recorded via zoom for viewing by participants at the other institute, but not publicly.

Applications should come with a team of about  four organisers including at least two organisers planning to attend in person for each location. Organisers should aim for gender balance. The application should contain: 

  • Title of the suggested tandem workshop.
  • Description of the topic and focus of workshop, recent results, references (4-6 pages).
  • The proposed provisional program of the tandem workshop taking into account the different time zones.
  • List of 10-20 suggested participants at each institute with names, gender info and affiliation planned for each institute (i.e. two lists of intended invitees; please consider diversity issues of each institute).
  • Publication lists of the organizers.

Proposal guidelines:

Please send proposals (pdf-files) by email to the director of MFO and/or upload to the MATRIX website prior to the deadline Friday, 15 January 2021.

Lecturer (Level B) in Applied Mathematics

School of Environment and Science
Griffith University

Closing Date: 15th February 2021

A Lecturer is expected to make contributions to the teaching effort of the University and to carry out activities to maintain and develop scholarly, research and/or professional activities relevant to the discipline.  A Lecturer is expected to carry out independent and/or team research and may supervise postgraduate research students.The position will commence with a predominantly Teaching profile of which the appointee will be required to undertake teaching in their area of expertise (Applied Mathematics),and contribute to the School’s teaching and scholarship outcomes including teaching excellence and engagement activities.

This is a continuing, fulltime position based at the Nathan campus. Griffith is a multi-campus university and therefore it is understood that this position will work across campuses as required.

For more information and to apply, click here.