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CAIMS*SCMAI E-News Volume 19, Number 7

November 24, 2019

Editor: Justin Wan (


1. 2020 CAIMS*SCMAI Membership Renewal
2. Foundations of Computational Mathematics, Vancouver, June 2020
3. Postdoctoral Fellow: Faculty of Science at Ontario Tech University

Item 1

2020 CAIMS*SCMAI Membership Renewal

With the coming of the new year, it’s time to renew your CAIMS membership (or sign up for a convenient lifetime membership!). Renewal is easy by simply clicking the link below: Individual memberships Also please encourage your department chair to renew (or start!) an institutional membership: Institutional memberships Of course, CAIMS gives you many benefits, including a discount on SIAM and/or GAMM membership, a break on fees for our annual conference and, most importantly, the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting our Canadian Applied Mathematics Community. Thanks for your support of our society!

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Foundations of Computational Mathematics, Vancouver, June 2020

Foundations of Computational Mathematics (FoCM) 2020
Simon Fraser University, downtown Vancouver, Canada June 15-24, 2020

FoCM 2020 is the latest edition of the conference series of the FoCM society. Its aims are to promote research at the interface of mathematics and computation, and to foster interaction between mathematics, computer science and other areas of computational science.

The plenary speakers are: Folkmar Bornemann, Sara van de Geer, Philipp Grohs, Alice Guionnet, Thomas Hales, Aicke Hinrichs, Kristen Lauter, Bojan Mohar, Sebastian Reich, Ed Saff, Carola Schoenlieb, Dan Spielman, Rekha Thomas, Caroline Uhler, Mariel Vazquez, Becca Willett, Sara Zahedi.

FoCM features themed parallel workshops, each spanning a three-day period, with the conference comprising three periods in total. Workshop talks are primarily by invitation. There will be sessions during each of the three periods featuring contributed poster presentations. Information about registration and contributed submissions will be announced on the website shortly.

Item 3

Postdoctoral Fellow: Faculty of Science at Ontario Tech University

Faculty of Science Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellow – Continuum modelling of Collective Motion
Number of Positions: 1
Appointment Type: Limited Term
Closing Date: October 11, 2019 or until a suitable candidate is found.

The Faculty of Science at Ontario Tech University is offering a postdoctoral position in the field of modelling of collective motion with non-local partial differential equations. Host researchers are Luciano Buono and Lennaert van Veen.

The goal of the project is to derive and analyse non-linear, non-local systems of partial differential equations that model collective motion in two space dimensions. We are particularly interested in modelling bacterial motility and the formation of biofilms. Techniques will include (equivariant) bifurcation theory, numerical simulation and assimilation of lab measurements in collaboration with local and international partners. The initial contract will be for one year, with an extension to two years subject to the availability of funds.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in applied mathematics, computational science, mathematical biology or a strongly related field. Prior knowledge of bacterial motility would be an advantage but is not required. The salary of $52,000 per year includes an assignment as a Teaching Assistant and may be augmented by an appointment as a sessional lecturer subject to availability of suitable courses in Fall 2020.

Required Skills/experience:
• Experience with programming and numerical simulation in Python, Fortran, C or similar.
• Background in dynamical systems, scientific computing, mathematical biology or a combination of these.

Collective agreement: This position falls within the bargaining unit represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and will be subject to the terms and conditions of the collective agreement between the University and PSAC. The collective agreement may be found on the Human Resources section of our website:

How to Apply: Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the names and (email) addresses of at least two references. Applications will be accepted until October 11, 2019 or until a suitable candidate is found. We appreciate all applications received; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Applications should be sent by email to

EDI: UOIT is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, while especially encouraging applications from women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. UOIT respects people’s different needs and therefore will take all reasonable steps to ensure accommodation for applicants where appropriate. If you require an accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please notify the Human Resources Department.




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