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Society News:

1. 2009 CAIMS*SCMAI Annual Meeting

Other news:

2. 6th Montreal Scientific Computing Days

3. Post-doctoral Fellowships at Fields Institute (Centre for
Mathematical Medicine)

4. Post-doctoral Position in Computational Fluid Dynamics and
Optimization, McMaster University

5. M.Sc. and PhD Opportunities at University of Ottawa and UOIT

6. Master of Science Candidate in Math/Biology, Acadia University

7 CAIMS*SCMAI E-News Information

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2009 CAIMS*SCMAI Annual Meeting

The 2009 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Applied Mathematical and
Industrial Society will be hosted by the Department of Applied
Mathematics at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario on June
10-14, 2009. The themes of this meeting are

Computational Biomaterials
Complex Fluids
Dynamical Systems
Mathematical Biology
Mathematical Finance
Scientific/Symbolic Computing
Theoretical Physics

There will be seven plenary lectures and numerous invited talks (30
minutes) on the above themes.

In addition to these, we also call for minisymposia on any topics in
applied mathematics. If you are interested in organizing such a
symposium, please submit your proposal
to us by the address given below. There will also be several
contributed sessions, as well as a
poster session for graduate students to present their research results.

In the meeting, the annual CAIMS Research Prize and CAIMS Doctoral
Dissertation Award will be presented to the receipients. In addition,
student poster prizes will
also be selected and awarded.

The year 2009 marks the 30th anniversary of CAIMS which makes this
meeting more special and more worth attending. Some activities are
being planned, and this gives one
a unique opportunity to know the history of this society. You are
cordially invited to join us in London to celebrate the society’s
growth and great achievements in the past 30 years.

For more information about this meeting, please visit the website

which will be updated in a timely fashion, or contact:

Rob Corless: rcorless@uwo;
Geoff Wild:;
Xingfu Zou:

We look forward to seeing you and welcoming you at the University of
Western Ontario.

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6th Montreal Scientific Computing Days

Spring School: 6th Montreal Scientific Computing Days
May 4 May 6, 2009

Organizing Committee:

Michel Delfour (CRM & DMS, MontrZal), Chair
AndrZ Fortin (GIREF, Laval)
Thomas P. Wihler (Mathematisches Institut Universitaet, Bern, Switzerland)


Applied Mathematics Laboratory,
Centre de recherches mathZmatiques (CRM), Canada

Intended audience:

Senior undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral
fellows, and young researchers, academics, private and public

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows:

A limited budget is reserved for lodging and living expenses of
graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Applications must
be made on the website ( A short
CV and one reference letter is required. The deadline for application
is March 31, 2009. Time slots have been set aside for short
presentations by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Short courses speakers:

– George Em Karniadakis
(Applied Mathematics, Brown University and Senior Lecturer, MIT, USA)
Multiscale modeling and mesoscopic methods for physical and biological
– Yvon Maday
(Laboratoire Jacques-Louis-Lions, UniversitZ Pierre et Marie Curie, France)
Approximation of nonlinear PDE’s by reduced basis methods:
introduction, a posteriori
analysis and applications
– Spencer J. Sherwin
(Computational Fluid Mechanics and Department of Aeronautics, Imperial
London, UK)
Spectral/hp elements methods: Implementation to applications


To foster scientific exchanges within the scientific computing
community; to train senior undergraduate and graduate
students, post-doctoral fellows, and young researchers in the
form of three minicourses given by world recognized experts in
the general areas of scientific computing in Science, Engineering
and Medicine; to maximize interactions between the students,
the senior participants, and the main speakers by reserving up
to half of the time for student presentations; to encourage the
participation of non-academic (private or public sector) research
or other organizations.

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Fields–Centre for Mathematical Medicine
Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Centre of Mathematical Medicine (CMM) hosted at the Fields Institute,
Toronto, invites applications for candidates for a number of CMM-Fields
postdoctoral fellowships to commence July 1, 2009 or a negotiable date

We are looking for individuals who would strengthen current
interdisciplinary activity at the Centre. While positions are open to all
areas of mathematical medicine and biology, preference will be given to
those individuals with research interests in the current principal areas of
CMM focus: mathematical oncology, computational neuroscience, and
biomechanics of soft tissues or bioinformatics. In particular, we are
looking for individuals interested in collaborative interaction with
clinicians and experimentalists.

The fellowships provide for a period of engagement in research and
participation in the activities of the Centre. They may be offered in
conjunction with partner universities. List on the cover sheet of the
application if there are any faculty members at universities affiliated with
the Fields Institute who you believe are appropriate.

To guarantee consideration postdoctoral applications should be received by
June 1, 2009.
(NOTE late applications will be accepted until the positions are filled).
Applicants must apply through

Qualified candidates who will have a recent PhD in any of these areas, or a
related area of the mathematical sciences are encouraged to apply.

The Fields Institute is strongly committed to diversity within its community
and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members,
women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual
minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further
diversification of ideas.

Alison Conway
Alison Conway | Manager of Scientific Programs
416-348-9710 | Fields Institute
ext.3026 | Research in Mathematical Science
222 College St., Toronto, ON M5T 3J1

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Post-doctoral Position in Computational Fluid Dynamics and
Optimization, McMaster

An opening for a Post-Doctoral Fellow is anticipated in the Department
of Mathematics & Statistics at McMaster University. The fellow will
work in the research group of Dr. Protas, and the focus of this
industry-funded position will be continued research on integration of
Optimization Theory and Computational Fluid Dynamics with the goal to
develop strategies for optimization of multi-physics fluid systems. In
addition to substantial experience in scientific computing, an ideal
candidate would also have background in Computational / Theoretical
Fluid Dynamics and Optimization / Control Theory. This position will
also involve some teaching responsibilities.

The fellowship is open to candidates of any nationality and selection
will be based upon the candidate’s research potential. Pending
approval of funding, the tentative start date of the position is
September 1, 2009 and the anticipated duration of the position will be
two years with an annual salary of $42,000. Candidates are required to
apply for this fellowship by using the MathJobs website; see our
advertisement at We will begin to review
applications on April 10, 2009, however, applications will continue to
accepted until the position is filled. Applicants should provide at
least three letters of recommendation. Preferably these letters will
be submitted through the MathJobs website (see above); they may also
be sent directly to:

Dr. Bartosz Protas
Department of Mathematics & Statistics
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA L8S 4K1
Phone: +1 (905) 525 9140 ext. 24116
Fax: +1 (905) 522 0935

We appreciate all replies to this advertisement, but applications will
not be acknowledged. McMaster is committed to Employment Equity and
encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including
aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible
minorities and women.

Bartosz Protas
Department of Mathematics & Statistics
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA L8S 4K1
Phone: +1 (905) 525 9140 ext. 24116
Fax: +1 (905) 522 0935

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PhD and MSc Opportunities at University of Ottawa and UOIT

Title: PEM fuel cells: Mathematical modeling, computation and analysis
of micro/nano-scale
transport processes near interfaces of porous domains

Description: We are looking for one PhD graduate student at the
University of Ottawa and one
MSc student at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology
(UOIT) for a multi-disciplinary
project on mathematical modeling, computation and mathematical
analysis of micro/nano-scale
transport processes near domain interfaces in hydrogen fuel cells.
This position is part of a collaboration between University of Ottawa,
UOIT and Toyota Motor
Corporation, coordinated by Prof. Peter Berg (Physics, and
Prof. Arian Novruzi (Mathematics,,

PhD: MSc (or equivalent) in applied mathematics or physics.
MSc: An undergraduate degree in applied mathematics, physics or engineering.
Experience in mathematical modelling and/or computation is an asset.
PhD: A total of $112,000 over 4 years, with an average of $28,000 per year.
MSc: $25,000 per year, for two years.

Starting date for both positions: September 1st, 2009.

How to apply: Interested candidates should send by mail or email:
(i) A curriculum vitae,
(ii) university and MSc transcripts (for PhD position) and
(iii) at least two letters of recommendation
to Arian Novruzi (PhD position) or to Peter Berg (MSc position).

Deadline: Open until position is filled.

Arian Novruzi Peter Berg
Department of Mathematics and Statistics Faculty of Science
University of Ottawa University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)
585 King Edward (KED) 2000 Simcoe Street N
Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5 Canada Oshawa, ON, L1H 7K4, Canada
tel: +1 613 562 5800 ext 3530 tel: +1 905 721 8668 ext 2457
e-mail: e-mail:
web: web:

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Master of Science Candidate in Math/Biology

Behavioural and Oceanographic modelling
Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova
Scotia, Canada


Applications are sought for a Masters’ candidate in the Mathematics &
Statistics Department of Acadia University. The successful candidate
will be co-supervised by faculty member in the Mathematics and
Statistics Department and in the Biology Departments of Acadia
University. The candidate will be expected to participate as a member
of an interdisciplinary team of ecologists, oceanographers and computer
scientists that are creating a web-enabled Platform for Ocean Knowledge
Management (POKM). This research will entail assisting in the
development of statistical models of marine predator movement behaviour
that integrate oceanographic information obtained from general
circulation models. The successful candidate will work closely with
oceanographers and computer scientists from Dalhousie University and the
Bedford Institute of Oceanography


Applicants must have strong quantitative skills and a strong statistical
background. Experience with biological or physical oceanography, animal
tagging, and with the statistical programming environment R and/or
Matlab is desireable.


Collection and organization of quality controlled auxiliary behavioural
data sets; assist in the initial organization of behavioural and
physical/remotely sensed data into database(s) compatible with POKM
architecture; assist in the development of visualizations and models of
the biological and physical data


Part time contract work could begin immediately. The applicant will be
expected to apply to the Master of Science program in the Mathematics &
Statistics Department at Acadia University for admission in September
2009. A competitive graduate student stipend will be available from the
project for the 2 years M.Sc. Program plus the possibility of an Acadia
Graduate Award.

Application Date:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the
position is filled.

How to Apply:

Applications are to include, as a single PDF file, a short statement of
research interests (1 pg max), CV and the names and full contact
information of three qualified references. Inquiries and applications
are to be emailed, with the subject line POKM M.Sc. to:

Dr. Ronald D. Haynes
Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Mathematics and Statistics Department, Acadia University, Wolfville,
Nova Scotia, Canada B4P 2R6,
Tel: (902) 585-1862 email:

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CAIMS*SCMAI E-News Information

CAIMS*SCMAI E-News is distributed electronically several times a year
by the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics
Society/Societe Canadienne de Mathematiques Appliquees et
Industrielles (

Past issues are available on the web at Submissions are welcome and
should be sent
in plain text format to:

Abba Gumel, CAIMS-SCMAI Secretary,

The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of the
Board or Membership of CAIMS*SCMAI.

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