Chair of the Department of Mathematics

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Closing Date: 22nd January 2021

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), ranked as the top young U.S. university for the second year in a row by the Times Higher Education, invites nominations and applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Mathematics, following a pause due to the pandemic.

UAB is a Carnegie level 1 research university and leader among comprehensive public universities with an academic medical center, offering a world-class education to a diverse student population that prepares the nation’s future citizens and leaders. The Department of Mathematics is well poised for significant growth under the leadership of the new Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, following its recent move into the new University Hall building completed in 2019. The Chair of Mathematics will chart the direction for the future of UAB’s signature core curriculum through inspiring new pedagogical approaches to improve student success rates in core math courses. There will be significant opportunity for a faculty cluster hire to start new programs and expand advanced degree programs. The new Chair will lead efforts to raise the department’s research profile through collaborations across the College and the hiring of new faculty. Last year, UAB had over $600 million in research expenditures. Since the inception of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2010, twelve new degree programs have been established and more than 109 new faculty have been hired.

The College and the faculty are interested in creating an environment that will encourage collaboration and build bridges between mathematics and computer science, physics, actuarial science, genomics, engineering and emerging fields that are hugely data intensive. The Chair will collaborate with peers to explore new instructional opportunities and to use emerging technologies to promote digital literacy and provide equal educational opportunities to all students. The faculty are passionate about new opportunities for mathematics research and education stemming from our technology intensive society and preparing students to apply mathematics in their pursuit of diverse careers.

Administrative responsibilities will include fiscal responsibility, departmental administration, overseeing the accreditation process and compliance with professional organization requirements. The new Chair will be expected to maintain a distinguished research and scholarship activity, with excellent administrative support to assist with departmental responsibilities.

University of Alabama at Birmingham is the single largest employer in Alabama and home to the third largest public academic medical center in the country. There are more than 23,000 employees and the annual economic impact for the state exceeds $5 billion. At the heart of UAB’s 50-year history is a thriving partnership with Birmingham. Together, accomplishments have been historical. The University has enjoyed record enrollment for the fifth consecutive year, with a Fall of 2020 enrollment at 22,563. Federal research funding is at an all-time high and the footprint of UAB continues to grow with new state-of-the-art buildings lining University Boulevard and expanding the campus.

Birmingham is within driving distance to Atlanta, Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans. The “Magic City” is noted for its vibrant music scene, fine dining, warm weather, a culture embracing diversity and great schools.

A more detailed profile for this search with information about the University, job responsibilities and qualifications for the position can be found here.

Nominations, Applications and Expressions of Interest

For best consideration, applications and nominations should be received by January 22, 2021, although expressions of interest will be considered until the position is filled.

Application materials must include:

  1. A letter of interest stating how the candidate’s experience is applicable to the position, opportunities and challenges, qualifications, and personal attributes expressed in the leadership profile;
  2. A detailed curriculum vitae;
  3. Names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of five professional references, including the candidate’s professional relationship with each of these individuals. References will not be contacted until after semi-finalist interviews and with the candidate’s prior consent; and
  4. The names of three individuals who could prepare letters of reference in support of the application.

To be considered, applicants MUST apply through the University of Alabama at Birmingham career opportunities portal.

The Esmée Fairbairn Junior Research Fellowship in Mathematics

New College
University of Oxford

Closing Date: 10th December 2020

The College invites applications for this post, which is tenable for a fixed period of three years from 1 October 2021 based in New College, Oxford. The person appointed will be expected to undertake their own independent and original academic research in Mathematics. The Fellowship is open to those who have already acquired a first degree, and who at the time of appointment have completed at least two years’ study for a PhD/DPhil.

Candidates may not previously have held a Junior Research Fellowship or comparable appointment.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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

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.