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OCCAM Visiting Fellowships

Applications are invited from established researchers in Applied and Computational Mathematics for generously-funded Visiting Fellowships at the Oxford Centre for Collaborative Applied Mathematics (OCCAM); http://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/occam. The Centre has been established as the result of a substantial grant from the Global Research Partnership of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). The Centre's strategic vision is to be a world-class research centre in problem-solving mathematics allied to a global network designed to enable the best mathematical expertise to be brought to bear on the world's problems. OCCAM Visiting Fellows (OVFs) play a key role in realising this vision. Their expertise will both complement and supplement the expertise of current and future staff. These visiting fellowships offer successful applicants an opportunity to take part in one of the biggest and most exciting innovations in applied and computational mathematics in recent years.

OCCAM is engaged in a wide range of collaborative applied and computational mathematics projects under the broad headings of Methodologies (M); Resources, Energy and Environment (REE); Biosciences and Bioengineering (BB); Materials Science and Engineering (MSE). In the academic year 2010/11, OCCAM teams will be focusing on the following projects:

(M) Adaptive spectral methods in 1D and 2D; Reaction and steric effects in stochastic models of drift diffusion; Closest point finite element method for numerical computing on surfaces; The numerical linear algebra of approximation involving radial basis functions; Multiscale methods based on unstructured data; Multiscale Modelling in Liquid Crystal Science; Chemical Fokker-Planck equation and multiscale modelling of (bio)chemical systems; Stochastic modelling of reaction-diffusion processes; Numerical Fluid Flow on Dynamic Implicit Surfaces.

(REE) Lattice Boltzmann methods for multiphase flow in porous media with applications to CO2 sequestration; Solvers for petroleum reservoir simulation; Stochastic differential equations for oilfield history matching; Uncertainty analysis of regional and global climate forecasts; Current generation in polymeric photovoltaic cell; Two-fluid modelling of large-scale rotation and internal transport barriers in tokamaks; Local adaptive timestepping for multiphase flow in porous media; Solar Energy: Organic Photovoltaics; Modelling and Predicting Climate Change.

(BB) Mathematical modelling of plant crop growth in stressed environments; Tear film dynamics; Multiscale Modelling and Simulation for the Life Sciences: coupling the plasma membrane with the cytosol; The role of hyperactivated motility and fluid mechanics in human fertility; Mathematical modelling of self-propelled cell motion on biomaterial surfaces; Developing a novel mathematical model of coronary blood flow in the heart; Mathematical modelling of ion channels; Mathematical models of spatially coherent brain states; Mathematical modelling of growth in physical and biological systems; Mathematical modelling of mRNA transport and its role in learning and memory; Gene transcription: investigation of interactions between DNA, cohesin complex and mRNA polymerase; Understanding collective behaviour of systems of interacting particles; Morphoelastic rods: the growth and mechanics of biological filaments; Wave phenomena in neural field models of visual cortex and the role of short term plasticity; Mathematical modelling of protein transport and signalling at synapses.

(MSE) Discrete and continuum dislocation modelling; Modelling ionic-surfactant-driven flows; Computational electrochemistry; Mathematical modelling of drying colloidal suspensions; Interface dynamics for two-layer liquid films in the context of organic solar cells; New mathematical models of splash dynamics in water entry; Hierarchical scaling, structure, and mechanics of filamentary assemblies.

Whilst OVFs will be expected to interact with these teams, they will also have freedom to pursue other lines of research. OVFs will hold a senior academic position in another Higher Education institution and will receive either a stipend on a scale up to £57,201 per annum (pro rata), based on experience, OR travel, accommodation and subsistence for their visit depending on the arrangements made with their home institution. The positions will be for up to 6 months duration. Applications will be considered twice each year; the next deadline is 1 Oct 2011 (BK/11/02). Applications well in advance of the proposed visit are welcome.

Informal enquiries are welcome addressed to the Project Manager, occam-manager@maths.ox.ac.uk. Further particulars are available at http://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/notices/vacancies/ or may be obtained from vacancies@maths.ox.ac.uk. Applications must include a curriculum vitae, list of publications, a short research plan and an indication of how the applicant will become involved in, and contribute to, research in OCCAM, in particular in relation to the areas set out in the further particulars. Cover letters must include the proposed dates of visits, whether you wish to receive a stipend or claim back (on presentation of receipts) travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses and confirmation of your right to work in the UK (or intent to apply). Please quote the BK number for the appropriate closing date.

Applications, and the names and addresses of 2 referees, should be sent to The Administrative Assistant (Vacancies), Mathematical Institute, 24-29 St Giles', Oxford, OX1 3LB by the appropriate closing date (email applications are acceptable). Applicants must arrange for their referees to send references directly to the Administrative Assistant by the same date (fax or email is sufficient). We will not hold interviews for these positions.
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