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Society News:

1. CAIMS*SCMAI Election Results for Board of Directors

Search Positions:

2. Postodoctoral position at UOIT and Ottawa
3. Postdoctoral position in Computational Fluid Dynamics at McMaster
4. CAIMS*SCMAI E-News Information

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Election Results for CAIMS*SCMAI Board of

Elections were held in the summer of 2008 for two members-at-large on the board of
directors of CAIMS*SCMAI.
Also, the position of Treasurer was filled by acclamation, there being only one nominee
(Paul Muir) for the position.
Thus, Paul Muir will be the Treasurer for a two year term ending at CAIMS*SCMAI 2010.

On Wednesday, August 6, 2008, Drs. Abba Gumel, Tom Berry and Ms. Ashrafi Niger
(University of Manitoba)
counted the votes for the members-at-large positions, with the following results. There
were four candidates: Dr.
Lucy Campbell, Dr. Rob Corless, Dr. Huaxiong Huang and Dr. Tony Humphries. After counting
the ballots, Dr. Lucy Campbell
and Dr. Rob Corless were each declared elected for three-year terms ending at CAIMS*SCMAI

We wish to thank all those who allowed their names to go forward in the election. Those
who were elected are to be
congratulated. We thank Anna Bourlioux, whose term on the Board ended at this year’s AGM,
for her outstanding service
to the Society.

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Postdoctoral Position at UOIT and University of

Title: Mathematical modeling, computation and sensitivity analysis of transport processes
in membranes and catalyst
layers of PEM fuel cells.


This research project will focus on the mathematical modeling of transport processes in
proton exchange membranes (PEM)
and catalyst layers (CL) of PEM fuel cells, namely water and charge transport near the
PEM-CL interface. The membrane and
catalyst layers are porous media consisting of pores of random size which facilitate
mass and charge transport.
The CL contains carbon particles and ionomer fibres, with gas pores embedded in these two
phases. The diffusive transport
processes are largely affected by heterogeneities of the porous medium. Therefore, direct
calulations of domain properties
are extremely challenging. The main part of the project will be the modeling and
computation of processes at the micro/nano
scale. A typical geometry consists of one or two cylindrical tubes (length 100nm,
diameter 10nm), representing PEM and CL
pores. The transport processes are expressed by a system of nonlinear PDEs (conservation
laws). Based on results from
micro-scale models, using multi-scale methods or statistical analysis, a macro-scale
model for the PEM, the CL and
the PEM-CL interface will be derived.

This position is part of a research collaboration between UOIT, University of Ottawa and
Toyota Motor Corporation.

Eligibility Requirements: A PhD (or equivalent) in Applied Mathematics is required.
Applicants should have a strong
background in computational methods and PDEs and mathematical modeling. Any knowledge in
sensitivity analysis,
optimization and mathematical modeling is a definite asset.

Location: UOIT, Ontario, Canada (with frequent visits to University of Ottawa).

Salary: $50,000CAD.

Starting date: Pending approval of funding, the starting date of the position will be
September 1st, 2008, with an
anticipated duration of two years.

How to apply: Interested applicants should submit (i) an AMS standard cover sheet, (ii) a
CV with a publication list,
(iii) a description of current research interests and career plans, and (iv) at least two
letters of recommendation,
by mail or email, to Peter Berg or Arian Novruzi at the addresses given below.

Deadline: Open until position is filled.


Peter Berg Arian Novruzi
Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics and Statistics, office 305E
University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) University of Ottawa
2000 Simcoe Street N 585 King Edward (KED)
Oshawa, ON, L1H 7K4, Canada Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5 Canada
tel: +1 905 721 8668 ext 2457 tel: +1 613 562 5800 ext 3530
e-mail: e-mail:

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Postdoctoral Position in Computational Fluid Dynamics and

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 may 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
January 1, 2009 and the anticipated
duration of the position will two years with a minimum annual salary of $40,000, plus a
$2,000 grant for research expenses. Candidates are required to apply for these
fellowships by using the MathJobs website; see our advertisement at We
will begin to review applications
on October 15, 2008, however, applications will continue to be 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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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
The editorial policy of this publication is to encourage the discussion of issues and
facilitate the dissemination of
information relevant to Canadian applied and industrial mathematics.

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