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CAIMS*SCMAI E-News Volume 15, Number 8

Editor: Sharene Bungay (


Society News

1. 2015 CAIMS*SCMAI Election Results


2. Memorial University, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Postdoctoral Research Position in Numerical Analysis, Scientific Computing or Computational and Applied Geophysics

3. CAIMS*SCMAI E-news Information

Item 1

2015 CAIMS*SCMAI Election Results

Elections were held this year for President-Elect, Secretary, and one Member-at-Large position on the Board of Directors of CAIMS*SCMAI. We are very grateful to the candidates who put their names forward for these positions.

With a single nomination for Secretary, Justin Wan (University of Waterloo) was elected by acclamation.

The votes for President-Elect and Member-at-Large were counted on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, by Sharene Bungay, witnessed by a staff member of the Department of Computer Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Dr. Matt Davison (Western University) has been elected CAIMS*SCMAI President-Elect for a two-year term. Dr. Troy Day (Queen’s University) has been elected to the Board as a Member-at-Large for a three-year term.

The results of the election will require a ratification vote, which will take place at the 2015 AGM, June 9th, at noon, Wilfrid Laurier University. All CAIMS*SCMAI members are encouraged to attend.

Item 2

Memorial University, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Postdoctoral Research Position in Numerical Analysis, Scientific Computing or Computational and Applied Geophysics

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position within the Computational and Applied Geophysics Group (CAGG) and the Memorial University of Newfoundland Centre for Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing, within the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Ronald Haynes and other CAGG faculty (as appropriate). The research focus will be the development of novel optimization approaches to find the location of wells to best locate and characterize micro-seismic events. Duties will include the development of an appropriate objective function whose maxima correspond to the best location for monitoring wells. The postdoc will be responsible for the investigation and implementation of both gradient-based and derivative-free optimization methodologies to solve the problem. Optimization approaches designed to take advantage of available high performance computing resources will be desirable. The project is in collaboration with both industrial partners and colleagues in the Department of Earth Sciences; as such, the successful candidate will also be expected to interact on a regular basis with other CAGG faculty as well as a second postdoc supported in the Department of Earth Sciences (see A desired, but flexible, start date of September 1, 2015 is expected.

The position is available for up to two years, with annual renewal subject to funding and performance. The minimum annual salary will be in accordance with MUN-LUMUN Collective Agreement on Behalf of Postdoctoral Fellows, and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. A PhD and relevant experience in applied mathematics (or a related field) is expected, with experience with optimization and scientific computing preferred. Previous interdisciplinary project experience, particularly in the areas of geophysical imaging and wave propagation, is a plus. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, detailed CV, and names and email addresses of three references directly to Dr. Haynes ( Review of applications will begin on June 15, 2015, and continue until the position is filled.

Memorial University is one of the two largest universities in Atlantic Canada. As the province’s only university, Memorial plays an integral role in the educational and cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador. Offering diverse undergraduate and graduate programs to almost 18,000 students, Memorial provides a distinctive and stimulating environment for learning in St. John’s, a very safe, friendly city with great historic charm, a vibrant cultural life, and easy access to a wide range of outdoor activities. The city of St John’s is also home to a dynamic local petroleum industry, with which the successful candidate will have ample opportunity to interact.

Memorial University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from qualified women and men, visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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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:

Sharene Bungay, CAIMS-SCMAI Secretary,

The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of the Board or Membership of CAIMS*SCMAI. 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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The Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society, which dates from 1979, has a growing presence in industrial, mathematical, scientific and technological circles within and outside of Canada.

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